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Get Your BBQ Grill Ready for Spring in Northeast Ohio with These Tips!

With warmer weather just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get your BBQ Grill ready for spring! With just a few simple steps, you can have your BBQ Grill in perfect condition for all those summer barbecues and family gatherings. Keep reading to learn how to get your BBQ Grill in top shape for spring and summer grilling and also save 30% on our Award-Winning Backyard BBQ Bundle Gift Pack.

Clean the Grates and Firepit

Remove all ashes and clean the grease tray: Remove and discard any grease from last season that has built up in the grease tray. Make sure to clean the inside of the tray as well, using hot soapy water and a scrub brush to get rid of built-up residue.

Scrub grease and food residue off the grates: Use a brass wire brush to scrub the grates of your BBQ grill clean and to remove any charred residue from cooking last season. For stubborn food debris, fill a bucket with hot water and dish soap and let the grates soak overnight before scrubbing them clean.

Check Lava Rocks/Briquettes: If your grill uses lava rocks or briquettes to add flavor to food when grilling, now's the time to check them and decide if they need to be replaced or not. Over time these can become coated in grease and food residue, making them ineffective at adding that grilled flavor.

To further increase the lifespan of your grill, coat the grates and interior with a thin layer of food oil (high-heat Pam Spray oil works well). This will help prevent rusting as well as create a nonstick coating.

Check the Burners, Glow Plug, and Igniter

If you are using a gas grill, you should also check all hoses, valves, and burners to make sure they are in working order. If you are using a Pellet Smoker, check to see that the glow plug is clean and operating correctly. Check the Igniter: Nothing ruins a grill session like an igniter that won’t light. To avoid frustration, make sure your igniter is working properly before firing up the grill. If your grill has a thermometer, make sure it is properly calibrated before use. Keep in mind that most grill thermometers show the temperature above the grates which can be much hotter than the cooking surface.

Clean the Exterior

Wipe off the exterior. If your grill is Stainless, use a stainless-steel polish. If you have a grill cover, launder it, if possible, or wash it down with warm soapy water. Make sure to dry it after washing and mend any tears.

Sharpen Your Knives

Take the time to inspect and sharpen your knives. Dull knives can make it difficult to properly cut your ingredients, so it's best to take preventative measures now before it's too late. If you are new to sharpening knives, there are plenty of instructional videos online that can help guide you through the process. You could also have a professional do it if you feel more comfortable with that option.

Restock your supply of BBQ Sauces and Seasoning Rubs

Don't be caught off-guard. Be sure your pantry is stocked with your favorite BBQ Seasonings and Sauces. For our favorites, check out our pre-season special at – you’ll get a set of three sauces and two rubs, for our best price of this coming season. Use Coupon Code "BBQBUNDLE-30" for 30% off our already discounted price, at checkout.

About Indigo Lake Sauce Company

Indigo Lake Sauce Company is a creator of small-batch, artisanal BBQ sauces, and rubs located in Peninsula, Ohio. We craft our BBQ sauces and spice rubs, without any High Fructose Corn Syrup. Our sauces balance sweet, zesty, and savory, attracting health-conscious BBQ enthusiasts seeking low-sugar alternatives. Indigo Lake products are locally crafted and nationally recognized. Shop online at:

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