Four Great Grilling Tips To Start Barbecue Season Off Blazing!

With the first official day of spring upon us, it also means the start of grilling season for many of us. There can be a temptation to get into full cooking mode, and we cannot blame you after what may be several months of an idle grill, but here are a few tips on how to start off the season at peak form.

Get Those Knives Sharpened
All knives lose their edge over time, even if you use a honing steel on a regular basis. Periodic sharpening by a professional will ensure that your knife edge has the proper angle and will help your blades maintain their edge longer. It will also make the cutting of meats, fish, and vegetables much easier and more precise.

Support Your Local Butcher Shops and Farmers Markets
There is no better time to support the local businesses that are the heartbeat of our neighborhoods and communities. Especially after the 12 past months of quarantine and social distancing, lets safely and enthusiastically support our local businesses. Oh, and by the way, there are no better places for fresh and delicious meats, fish, vegetables, starches, and spices.  

 Picture of a Lowry Hill Meats, a butcher shop in Minneapolis, MInnesota

Make Sure The Grill Is Ready For The Full Season
For many of us, the first grill of the season – especially, if you are using a gas model – can be a frustrating experience. You try to start the grill and all you are met with is that the clicking sounds of the ignitor. Unfortunately, spiders and rodents may have damaged the wiring while nesting for the winter. Get your grill checked out now by a local, reputable service person or company. This will ensure a season of an excellent performing grill.

Scouts Motto: Be Prepared
You did all the shopping for your first grill of the season, the family cannot wait to dive into what should be a fabulous feast after too many variations of soups and casseroles, and you realize that your propane tank is as empty as bird’s nest in December. Some key items to make sure you have on hand include non-expired barbecue sauces and condiments (favorite of ours is Triple Crown Organic BBQ), your favorite beverage mixers (you need to give The Twisted Shrub a try – delicious handcrafted apple cider vinegar drink mixers ideal for both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages), and NEATsheets, attractive disposable napkins that easily adhere to shirts and pants – your best defense against unnecessary spills and stains.

NEATsheets being used at a backyard barbecue.


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