If you didn’t heed my “Bye Bye BBQ” advice about giving your grill a thorough, end-of-season cleaning as last summer turned into fall, you’re likely to find a mess under the lid when you go to fire it up now.

As I warned back then, grease left on your grill from past summer fun can attract pests, and, left over months, can clog and even damage burners. Aside from that, who wants this summer’s burgers to have the faint taste of last summer’s grilled fish? Take my word… 9 month old salmon char does not make for a tasty condiment.

But have no fear my grill-enile delinquents, we can still get you fixed up in time to have a fabulous barbeque this weekend.

How To Get Your Grill Ready For Summer

Magic-StoneTake apart the burners, heating plate, grill, etc. and scrub everything down. Use a de-greaser like Formula 409 (inexpensive and very effective) and a scrubbing stone like Magic Stone on stubborn parts. Let parts soak in a bucket of soapy hot water if grime is really baked on. Of course, empty and clean the drip cup/pan. Wipe down the exterior too.

Now you’re ready to get to grillin’ and chillin’ my friends!

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