Grill Tips & Recipes For a Worry Free Summer

The spring season is the perfect time of the year to start preparing your grill for the summer. Preparing your grill can mean cleaning your stainless steel grill grates, and/or cleaning your grill from the inside out. It is equally as important to double check that everything is working properly and that there are no problems. Consider the grill tips & recipes below to have a worry free, and grilling filled, summer!

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Clean Your Grill

Evaluating the cleanliness of your grill and performing regular cleaning will help the performance of your grill over time. Doing this can also increase the lifespan and efficiency of your grill. We put together an easy-to-follow, how to clean your stainless steel grill grates guide.

Drain your outdoor kitchen drains to prevent water from freezing and weakening your kitchen pipes.

Perform Maintenance Checks

Maintenance checks do not have to be as extensive as you may think. If you properly clean your grill after every use, it will make maintenance easier. This can take place every few months, depending on how often you grill. During each check, it is important to make sure all of the elements work, everything is heating properly, and check to make sure there are no leaks.

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Season Your Food, Not Your Grill

Contrary to popular belief, it is not necessary to season your grill. Trying to do this can affect the efficiency of how your grill properly cooks your food. For the best results of your grilling master piece, you should season your food and not your grill!

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A grilling and beverage center located on a stone patio

Updating Your Grilling Area

For anyone who enjoys grilling, having a beautiful grilling area is a dream. Imagine spending your summers next to a gorgeous built in grill with stainless steel cabinets and drawers. This area could also include a stainless steel outdoor beverage cooler. All of this can be tied together with granite counter tops and stone detailing.

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Try New Recipes!

After so long, many people tend to get into the habit of cooking the same things over and over, especially with grilling. It is time to mix it up and try Heartlands office team’s favorite grill tips & recipes!

Check out the grill tips & recipes below:

JoAnn’s Favorite

“Our favorite is Filet Mignon when we want to treat ourselves. I simple spray with olive oil, spread a little butter on each side and then sprinkle generously with Montreal Steak Seasoning. I cook it on high heat to sear each side really well. About 8 minutes on the first side and 5-6 minutes on the second side for medium. It really just depends on how hot the grill is and how thick the cut of filet is.”

Adam’s Favorite

Dry Rubbed Pork Ribs

Put olive oil over your ribs and then dry rub with a seasoning of your choice. Create a basting mixture of brown sugar, mustard and beer. Place ribs on the grill and baste with the mixture while it is cooking. Slow cook on 225 degrees for about 3-4 hours.

Side note: sometimes instead of regular mustard, I use honey mustard for extra flavor.”

Chad’s Favorite

Beef Brisket: Medium to large brisket.

Brine: 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of kosher salt, 8 cups of water, and Worcestershire sauce to taste. Bring to a boil, stir, and then let it cool.

Add the brisket to the brine for at least 24 hours. Put in a Tupperware bowl and refrigerate.

Take the brisket out and let it get to room temperature. I use a homemade dry rub, but you can buy a brisket rub, or use a roast beef rub.

Smoke on 250 degrees, until it reaches 160 degrees inside. Remove from grill, wrap the brisket in two layers of foil, and then put back on the grill. Cook until the internal temperature is 204 degrees. This usually takes about 9-12 hours, depending on the size of the brisket.

Side note: I put about a 1/2 can of Dr. Pepper over the brisket, in the foil wrap before I put it back on the grill. I tend to like the sweet and spicy taste.”

Rachel’s Favorite

Grilled Marinated Chicken

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar or other vinegar

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1/8 cup lemon juice

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp dried rosemary

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

Mix all ingredients in a ziplock bag with your chicken. Let marinade for at least 4 hours – I always let it marinade overnight. After it is finished marinating, cook your chicken on the grill until finished. Discard any leftover marinade in the ziplock bag.”

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