13 smokin’ hot summer grilling hacks

You’re ready to fire up the grill and make your backyard the summer hub for barbecues.

Become a grill master with wallet-friendly ways to keep your barbecue cooking, impress your backyard guests, and speed cleanup.

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Prep your grill before the first use

Make sure your outdoor grill is prepped anytime you want to call it into action. Clean the grates by placing them in the tub and covering with very hot water and 1 cup each ammonia and dishwasher detergent.

Avoid harsh cleaners and give this a squeeze instead

Grill cleaners often contain harsh chemicals. But if you want to remove rust and sanitize your grill, you can use a simple lemon.

Save the elbow grease

Save on expensive grill cleaners by simply using WD-40 instead. Get rid of charred food stuck to the grill by removing it from the barbecue and spraying it with the oil.

Foil that mess

When you’re done grilling, place a large piece of aluminum foil over the entire top of your grill, then put the top back on and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes.