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Barbecue Care in South Jersey

Taking care of your appliances keeps them in good shape for years of service. One appliance that is often overlooked is the grill, which can undergo serious stress in the winter. At Bucko's Appliance Repair, we believe in saving you money, that's why we've compiled these barbecue care tips.

Barbecue Winterizing Tips

Cook off any food residue on the cooking grids using high heat for about 15 minutes. Briquettes can be cleaned by removing them, placing them upside-down on the mounting points, and running the grill on high for about 20 minutes.

Use a copper grill brush to scrub off remaining food particles. For difficult cleaning, place the grates in a large tub of water containing 1 to 2 capfuls of ammonia. Let the grates soak for a couple hours to dissolve grease
and ash.

Clean out the cooking area below the burners by removing any food residue, grease, and oils. Check the burner ports for blockage and clean as needed. You may want to store the burners in plastic wrap to prevent rust or insect infiltration.

Clean the remaining interior, cabinets, and LP tank with hot soapy water. Allow the grill to dry completely.
The stainless steel can be cleaned using a polish or rust remover. Always scrub in the direction of the grain. Use the mildest available agent first. For stubborn stains, a non-metallic abrasive pad may be used. Always refer to the care and use manual supplied with your grill.
BBQ cooker and cookware ready to cook - Barbecue Care in South Jersey, NJ
Remove the drip tray, and remove any ash, baked-on food, or any other material from the tray before cleaning with soap and water. For heavy baked-on cleaning, the tray can be placed in the tub with the cooking grates.

Inspect the grill carefully for missing parts, cracked or frayed hoses, loose screws or fasteners, loose handles, and broken temperature gauges or lights. Check all electrical connections, wires, and power supply cords for cracks or frayed wires.

Store your freestanding grill inside a garage or tool shed, if possible. Remember to disconnect the LP tank and store it outside. If you must store the grill outside, purchase a cover from your local dealer to prevent rust and exposure to the elements.
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Q: How do I clean the flavor bars for my grill?

A: Maintaining your flavor bars is simple. Regularly doing a burn-off/brush routine should keep your flavor bars clean. Start by burning off excess food particles by running the grill on high for 15 minutes. This will turn the accumulated debris on your flavor bars to ash. Then when the grates are cool, lift them out and brush off the bars with a brass brush.

If a more thorough cleaning is necessary, take the bars out of the grill, put them in the sink, and clean with some soapy water and an SOS pad. If using dishwashing liquid in the water, do not use anything lemon- or citrus-based. Rinse thoroughly and towel dry.

Do not let them drip dry, as this may cause them to rust. We do not recommend putting flavor bars in the dishwasher. The amount of debris they release may cause your drain to clog.
Bucko's Appliance Repair saves you money on barbecue care. Contact us today to request service.