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5 Steps to Get That Grill Ready

By Eric Morningstar

Finally! Warm weather has arrived in Ohio.

Just like you, I am fired up for the grilling season!

But good grilling requires more than just excitement.

The ole grill machine needs some TLC.

Even if you are a hard-core, year-round griller like me, I’d recommend giving the grill a good spring cleaning.

Here are 5 steps to getting your grill ready for mouth-watering, outdoor feasts.

Step 1 is for gas grillers, but steps 4-5 are for gas and charcoal grillers.


1. Check Hoses and valves for gas leaks if you have a gas grill.

Nothing can ruin a good party like an explosion. 💥

I should know. I went several weeks with eyebrows once...

Don’t worry, I’ll tell you about it later.

Anyways, give your hoses a good look over and run your hands over them.

Check for cracks, crimps, or punctures.

Even if you don’t see or feel anything off, I’d test it with soapy water.

Slather your hoses and connections with soapy water and then turn the gas on. If you see anything start to blow bubbles, you know you have a gas leak.

If you see anything wrong with your hoses, just replace them with new ones.

Duct tape usually fixes everything, but...just don’t, ok? 😬

2. Clean the grill inside and out.

Clean your grill grates when they are warm. Grease and left-overs come off easier when they are warm.

Scrub them down with a grill brush (you cam dip it in water for some steam).

If you have a gas grill, make sure to clean your burners and burner covers thoroughly.

You can typically use a wire brush on the covers, a pipe cleaner for the burner tubes, and a paper clip to unclog the holes for the flame.

Don’t forget to clean out the ash or the grease tray.

Ashes in the bottom of the grill can mess up your air flow and the grease tray can catch on fire.

One more thing, it’s common for people to run across bugs or rodents living in their grills after a winter season.

Evict all crawlers and critters.

And if you see any rodent poo, clean it out and sanitize your surfaces. 💩

3. Check your propane levels or stock up on charcoal.

It’s so frustrating to run out of propane or charcoal in the middle of a grill out.

Don’t let it happen to you!

Stock up on some bags of charcoal and get a new tank if necessary.

If you don’t have a level gauge on your tank, here’s an easy way to know how full your tank is.

  • Pour some water down the side of your propane tank.

  • Wait a little while and then touch the area that you just ran the water over.

  • The part that’s warmer is empty.

4. Do a test run.

Fire up your burners or light your coals.

Check for good airflow on the charcoal grill and anything that still needs to be cleaned.

Flare-ups can be a real pain.

Look at the flames on a gas grill. If they are blue with yellow tips, you’re good to go.

If you see yellow flames, usually that means the propane pressure is too low.

5. Buy E.D.S. Sauce during our Spring 21 sale!

Wanna tip your food experience over the line from average to amazing?

E.D.S sauces are engineered to enhance the flavor of anything you want to smoke or BBQ.

Go with a classic like our Blackberry Bourbon Sauce.

Or kick it up a notch with our Raspberry Ghost Chile-inspired Ghost Berry sauce.






Everything’s better with E.D.S. sauce!

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CLICK HERE and take advantage of this limited time offer.

Make this the best grill season of your life!

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