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Get Ready for Grilling Season

Posted On: March 31, 2015

Now is the perfect time to check your grill so that you’re not facing any problems when prime grilling season arrives. We’ve provided a few tips and areas to check to ensure your grilling pleasure and included a recipe for Jeff’s Tuscan grilled tuna steaks to get you started.

Grates: Food should not be cooked on coated grates that show any signs of peeling or flaking. The coating can stick to food and can be ingested. Replacement grill grates can be costly, so it might make more sense to replace the entire grill.

Drip Pans: Do a thorough inspection of your grill’s firebox and drip pans. Light corrosion can be removed with a stainless steel brush. Any extensive rusting or cracks signal time for a new grill. Lining the drip pans with aluminum foil to “seal” the holes or cracks is not recommended since grease can collect on the foil and catch on fire.

Fire it up: If you notice uneven heat or flames or yellow flames it is time to clean and check the burner tubes or ports on your grill. If there is any rust or corrosion, we recommend that you replace the burners. Burners are often covered warranty so check this before you replace.

Bubbling up: Gas grills should also be tested for leaks prior to use. Mix water and dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle and spray the solution along the hose and any connections. Start the gas. Any leaks will become visible as the mixture will bubble if there are any cracks or pinholes. Tighten the connections to eliminate the leaking or replace the hose if needed.

Heat it up: Run a test by setting your grill to 500 degrees and verify that the correct temperature is reached. If you notice that the temperature you set is not reached, check the gas control safety device on the regulator. You may have inadvertently set this off – check your grill’s instruction manual to reset.

Whether you are looking for a free-standing BBQ grill or have your heart set on a custom built-in grill, SOS XTREME Comfort® is your propane BBQ headquarters.

Happy Grilling!

Jeff’s Tuscan Grilled Tuna Steaks

4 fresh tuna steaks, 8 ounces each, 1-inch thick
1 lemon, zested
2 tablespoons rosemary leaves stripped from stem
Handful flat leaf parsley
3 cloves garlic, crushed
Coarse salt and black pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil

Directions: Rinse and pat tuna steaks dry. Place lemon zest on top of cutting board. Pile rosemary and parsley leaves on top of zest. Pile garlic and some coarse salt and black pepper on top of herbs. Finely chop the garlic, herbs, and spices. Drizzle the olive oil over the tuna steaks just enough to coat each side. Rub herb and garlic mixture into fish, coating pieces evenly on each side. Let stand 10 minutes.

Grill tuna steaks 6 minutes on each side or 4 minutes on each side, if you prefer pink tuna at the center. Cook tuna over medium high heat. Enjoy!

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