There are many secrets to great barbecue, and maintaining your grill is one of the most valuable. No one knows this trick of the trade better than Famous Dave’s, La Crosse, WI’s premier barbecue restaurant. With more than 20 years of experience cooking everything from mouthwatering brisket to finger-licking ribs, their pitmasters take special care to maintain the restaurant’s prized grills.
Careless cleaning leaves behind wire bristles that can harm consumers and ruin the perfect recipe. When it comes to expert grilling, Famous Dave’s offer these tips to fledgling BBQ enthusiasts looking to up their game.
Use The Right Tools
Take to your cooking grates with a wire brush or grill stone to prevent harmful buildup. Conventional grill brushes are made up of wires that can fall out under more than five pounds of pressure. Opt for a modern grill brush that can withstand up to 25 pounds of pressure, or the GrillStone® Cleaning Block, which is bristle- and chemical-free. After, ensure the cooking area is free of debris and bristles.
Inspect The Burner Parts
Everything should be checked carefully, starting with the flame tamers that cover the burners. Remove them to inspect the tube, U-shape, flat, and cast burners for clogs. Also, keep in mind that different grills require alternate handling procedures; for example, ceramic burners are delicate and can’t be scrubbed.
Check Fuel Lines & Fuel
Inspect fuel lines for cracks and Venturi tubes for insects, which can take up residence in the off-season. Clean all components with soapy water. Make sure your propane or other fuel levels are set appropriately before use.
Test The Ignition
With every cleaning, check on the ignition system. If it doesn’t spark, the pressure regulators on the tank might need tightening. Inspect the batteries to ensure they’re not the cause of the problem.
Deep Clean Regularly
No matter what type of grill you have, give it a thorough cleaning at least twice a year. Experienced barbecue enthusiasts complete a deep cleaning after every 5–10 uses. Follow the instructions on your grill’s manual for the best results.
Needless to say, Famous Dave’s prioritizes their grill cleaning process, which is just one reason customers love their unique barbecue dishes. Check out their menu online and call (608) 779-4100 to place an order, or stop by for lunch or dinner to experience a one-of-a-kind meal.