When barbecuing the most important thing aside from the actual dish is a barbecue grill. Since it is important, anybody that is an owner of a barbecue grill should be conscious of the little maintenance that is necessary for a successful barbecue. Taking care of a grill (aka: Barbecue Maintenance) can add years to the grill’s life span as well as tons of memories. Whether it’s a family get together or a barbecue party, keeping a grill cleaned and in good condition should always be a top five priority aside from the obvious: meats to be cooked, alcohol and of course friends and family. Who wants to cook on a busted ass barbecue grill?!
When cleaning your grill, whether it be propane or charcoal doesn’t really affect the cleaning process. Cleaning the grill takes a wire grill brush. Some believe that other items are needed to clean a grill such as sponges, dishwasher liquid, steel wool pads and dry baking soda, but I personally feel that once a fire has been lit, the fire burns everything off and makes brushing with the wire grill brush so much easier and effortless, just watch ya fingers! Ideally you’ll want to clean your grill after you’re finished grilling. Totally understandable if you don’t because you were getting super pumped up with your friends. If you do get crazy out of control with your friends and don’t clean up your grill then next time you spark the grill up just take your wire grill brush and clean the grill free. If you’re about to grill something, it isn’t a bad idea to use cooking oil spray either. After you’ve finished grilling, another barbecue maintenance tip would be to throw on a barbecue grill cover… let the grill cool down first!
Barbecue maintenance is important because the better kept BBQ grill will last much longer and never cause a party foul. Speaking of party fouls, let’s talk about super rad barbecue parties. We’ll talk about themed BBQ parties such as Southern Style BBQ, Hawaiian, Halloween and any kinda of themed party. Grilled meat goes well at 2AM when you have the munchies. When talking about a certain theme, everyone is encouraged to dress the part and since it’s a BBQ… eat the part too. For example, a Hawaiian themed barbecue party would have traditional Hawaiian food on the menu such as:
– Beef, Chicken or Pork Short Ribs
– Shrimp, Lobster, Crab, Etc
– Tuna or whatever you prefer
– Fruits: Bananas, Pineapple, Mangoes, Papaya, Limes, Strawberries etc
– Veggies: Onions, Mushrooms, Zucchini, Scallions, Tomatoes etc
Live the Hawaiian life and make a feast out of all these ingredients or go caveman and catch the meat sweats at 2AM… it’s your barbecue party, get crazy with it! As in any themed party, generally people play the role of the theme. For a Hawaiian themed party you should have torches, a bar, blow up or real palm trees, Hawaiian button down shirts, lei’s, hula skirts, patio lights and lamps and so much more. Those are just some ideas, be creative with it!
A barbecue should be a party regardless of whether someone is cooking for themselves or a large group of people. You’re outside around a fire… mine as well get some music going and enjoy yourself. When it comes to barbecue maintenance and parties, these two go hand in hand so don’t let a neglected grill ruin your party! Boom! So enjoy yourself with friends and family, but don’t forget to maintain your barbecue grill!
If you have any tips or comments about barbecue maintenance and parties, feel free to share your thoughts.