People who have never used a BBQ before may find that it is a lot for them to get to grips with. Unlike other types of cooking, BBQing requires your full attention in order to make sure that things do not get out of hand. Here are a few tips for using a BBQ for the first time:
Seasoning the BBQ
Believe it or not, you cannot fire up your BBQ as soon as you get it out of the box. At least you shouldn’t. Before you are ready to start cooking with the BBQ you must go through a process that is known as seasoning. This will remove any of the coating that may have been applied to the BBQ before it was shipped out.
The Process of Seasoning
First, make sure that the hose on the BBQ and the regulator is fastened tightly to the BBQ and fully tightened at the gas bottle. You can make the fastening tighter with a spanner if necessary. Next, remove the hot plates from the BBQ and scrub with warm water with a soft brush with a little dishwashing liquid. After the BBQ is fully clean, rinse the surface with hot water and then dry it with a soft cloth.
Turn up the Heat
Allow your BBQ to heat for around half an hour when the hood is up and with the burners on high in order to burn off any protective coating that is still remaining. People who are using cast iron hotplates and grills should turn off the BBQ and lightly coat the cooking side of the grill with canola oil and rub it with a paper towel until there is no more loose dirt coming off the BBQ. Heat the BBQ for another half hour and then let it cool. Finally, line the drip tray with aluminium foil and place fat absorbent materials on the drip tray.