Chances are you will be grilling this Memorial Day weekend. It might be a good time to review some safety precautions to insure against burning up your food – or your guests.
If you are using a gas grill, change your lava rocks periodically – I understand there are also porcelain rocks available which are less porous and don’t accumulate grease so quickly. Personally, my grill has always rusted before it was time to replace the rocks, so this was news to me.
It’s a good idea to check the hose for gas leaks which you can do by spraying the connection points with a soap and water solution. It it bubbles up at the fitting on on the surface of the hose, you have a leak. The hose may need to be tightened or replaced. I had to call my plumber to do this. In mean, who ya’ gonna call?
Never under any circumstances start a grill fire using gasoline. Not only is it flammable, but toxic and explosive. I knew that.
By the way I’m taking a poll of “backyard barbequers” concerning which grill they prefer – gas vs. charcoal. What’s your pleasure – and why.
I read that Mark Miller, celebrity griller and owner of the famed Coyote Cafe in Santa Fe, New Mexico, prefers charcoal to gas because he can get the grill really hot for searing. With a gas grill, you have to make sure you’ve got enough BTUs to really get things hot.
If it’s good enough for Mark, it’s good enough for me. So instead of buying that big ole he-man gas grill with six burners for close to $800, I’m on my way to Fred’s to pick up a table top model for $19.99. I can do a lot less damage with the more “dainty” grill.