Monthly Archives: October 2018

Use BBQ Grill Covers to Protect

BBQ parties are always fun events during summer. It gives you the perfect reason to get friends together for a day of fun in your backyard. BBQ parties are annual traditions for some families and it’s important to take good care of your grill to keep it functioning properly and look good year after year. Aside from cleaning the grill, it’s also better to cover them when not in use. BBQ grill covers aren’t just supposed to make the grill look pretty; it also plays a major role in maintenance.

Don’t be afraid to invest a significant amount of money on your grill cover. Your grill cover will safeguard your investment on an expensive piece of equipment. BBQ grill covers protects your BBQ grill from rain, snow, dirt, heat, stains and other external factors that can cause damage. If well taken-cared of, your grill can last several years and function properly whenever you need it.

Just be careful to keep the cover away from the grill while you’re using it and put it back on after the grill cools down. Maintenance is also practical because you only have to wipe it down when it gets dirty or wet. There are different types of BBQ grill covers in the market made of different materials in various levels of quality.

Some are made of thin and flimsy materials while others are made of heavy-duty vinyl. The covers are manufactured based on the different styles and sizes of grills available in the market. Be sure to get your grill’s brand and model number or measure the grill before you shop for covers.

After spending a huge amount on your BBQ grill, it only makes sense to purchase a good quality cover too. Even if you diligently clean and try to protect your grill from dirt and climate conditions, a cover is still necessary to keep it clean for a longer time because after you’ve cleaned and polished your grill, it only takes a few days before it starts to gather dust again.

Covers can keep dust and dirt away but not all covers can control the humidity and moisture from invading your grill. An excellent cover prevents moisture from coming in and lets moisture evaporate from the BBQ grill. SunBrella and Denier provide top quality BBQ grill covers and so do other brands. The best grill covers come with felt lining on the inside. This felt lining prevents moisture damage and scratches on the grill’s surface.

Must Have BBQ Tools

Barbecuing has been around since the Stone Age. Try to imagine our hairy mammoth-killing ancestors belching, grunting and scratching without shame in front of an open fire, cooking whatever they have hunted that day. I’m no expert, but I’m pretty sure that is how a barbecue originated.

The art of barbecuing is obviously now more refined and with the top of the line gills and barbecue gizmos available today you can even refer to it as “high tech.” But the barbeque grill remains to be for a man’s man. Most men agree that they do not wear the pants when it comes to the kitchen, but the BBQ grill is definitely their department.

With the incredible modernization of BBQ grills comes a wide array of barbecue grill accessories to choose from. These tools can surely make a barbecue fanatic’s life a breeze! In fact, some of them can even make grilled meals taste better.

A thermometer, for one, is a must have BBQ grill accessory. With a thermometer there’s no need for any guessing games and it gives you the confidence to serve the perfect grilled meats to your friends and family. In the event one of them complains that their steak is over done or not cooked enough, you can always blame the thermometer. You can find a BBQ grill thermometer that allows you to keep an eye on your meats even if you are entertaining guests away from the grill. This is made possible by a belt clip monitor that alerts you when the meat is almost ready or overcooked.

A cordless LED barbecue light is another grill accessory that you can’t do without. This tool makes it possible for you to enjoy barbecuing even at the darkest hours of the night. With a portable LED light, you no longer have to worry about burning yourself. It is equipped with a sturdy clip which you can attach right onto the side of any grill. It usually has a bendable neck which allows you to focus the light exactly where you need it. With this grill light accessory, you can enjoy grilling outdoors any time of the day!

Another no-brainer barbecue grill accessory is a grill tool set. If you invest in a good one, you are assured to have years of quality gilled food and a complete set of tools to get the job done right at all times. A grill set ideally includes a BBQ sauce brush, tongs, knives, corkscrews, skewers and even a portable barbecue grill light. You can even purchase a grill set that comes complete with a chef’s fork that features a built-in light and thermometer. These kinds of grill tool sets are sold together with a carrying case which is quite convenient for storage and transport.

An important BBQ grill accessory that is usually taken for granted is a fire extinguisher. You might not need it, but having it there will make your wife, family and friends feel better. And keeping safety in mind at all at all times is always a good thing.

Cleaning the BBQ Grill

As summertime lingers on and the BBQ Grill is being enjoyed it becomes necessary to maintain the cleanliness of the BBQ Grilling surface area. After just one or two cookouts the BBQ Grate can get very nasty, causing food to stick to the surface area and to burn more easily. To have a successful cooking experience on the BBQ Grill, there are several steps that need to be taken to keep the Grill clean. Previously cooked meals need to get charred on the Grill, then removed and finally “resurface” the cooking grate.

First, the best way to remove old unwanted left behind cooking sauces and bits of past meals is to char them on the grate surface. To do so, light up the Grill and bring the cooking grate up to cooking temperature. Keep the BBQ Grill closed as this is being done. This will heat up the grate surface and cook any leftover sauce or food particles and burn them on the grate surface making them easy to remove.

Second, once the past meals have been successfully charred on the grate surface, open up the BBQ Grill. It is always recommended to wear fire retardant gloves while cleaning the grate. Then, using a steel brush or BBQ Scraper rub it up and down the grate surface. This will remove the majority of the burnt on food particles, as they will fall into the bottom of the Grill.

Next, take a pair of tongs with a clean cloth soaked in fresh cooking oil and brush it up and down the grate surface. Be extra careful during this step as it may create flare ups from the hot coals. This will do two things. It will clean up any remaining debris on the Grill and create a non stick surface for the meal that is about to be prepared. When finished wiping down the grate discard the dirty cloth and the BBQ Grill is ready to be enjoyed once again.

There are times that the grate may need to be cleaned in a sink with hot water, a piece of steel wool, a little soap and some elbow grease. This is something that is done usually at the beginning or ending of the BBQ Season. For regular Grill maintenance the three steps above are all that is needed to keeping a clean grill for the summertime cookouts. Keeping the BBQ Grill clean will also prevent rust from forming and extend the life of the BBQ Grill.

A Good Restaurant Review

Are you one of those restaurant diners who are looking for a reliable restaurant review and are often confused by the myriad of different restaurant critics and diners comments that are out there on the web? Or, have you found that your expectations created from a restaurant review have not lived up to the diners comments or critics reviews?

With over 23,000 restaurants in New Jersey alone to choose from, and approximately 80 percent of the new restaurants failing in the first 3 years, it’s no wonder restaurant diners are having a difficult time choosing where to dine. This process becomes especially difficult when attempting to choose a fine dining restaurant where the preparation and quality of food is to be taken into account along with the decor, and/or atmosphere, and service.

Here is what to look for when searching the web or reading a publication that rates and reviews a restaurant.

The Five Most Important Points to Look for in a Good Restaurant Review.

  1. Recognize that all restaurants have off-nights and that all restaurant critics and diners have had experiences that may or may not be representative of the restaurants performance.
  2. Seek out and research the opinions of the different components of the dining public. The dining public includes the serious restaurant diner, the casual restaurant diner, as well as the professional restaurant critic. These are the very people that get out to eat at restaurants and who ultimately determine the performance and success of a restaurant.
  3. Be aware of outdated reviews of restaurants that have since changed owners, executive chefs, and wait staffs that render their reviews valueless.
  4. If you are researching the web and/or publications, try to find a consensus amongst the reviews and give little value to the review that is way out of line with the consensus, good or bad. Weigh the quality of the comments as well as the quantity of the comments.
  5. Many restaurant owners say that they don’t take much stock in restaurant reviews. However, they are quick to put up plaques at the entrance of their restaurant that provide favorable commentary from restaurant critics, or post these reviews on their restaurant web site. Be careful to note the date on these reviews and to check for restaurant owners and executive chefs who are no longer there.