In order to take full advantage of our first summer with a deck, we just had to buy a grill. As a longtime city-mouse, I have never ever owned a grill. (Until the other weekend, that would have been a recipe deal breaker for me.) Now that we have one we’re starting out slowly. Nothing fancy. I’ve been testing out some rubs and glazes from Real Simple that are pretty tasty. I also got the idea to put potato slabs on from Rachael Ray’s mag. But there are a couple of questions I have:
1) We have a gas grill, but don’t we need charcoal or something for flavor? What do you suggest and how does it work?
2) How the heck do you keep a grill clean? We got one of those uber-tough scrub brushes — is that enough? The meat sure does make a mess. I wish I could hose the whole thing off. Perhaps the mess makes things taste better, like a cast iron pan? I doubt it.
I’m sure you have some grill knowledge and experience to share. (Which reminds me, have you noticed how many Father’s Day cards feature grilling? It’s like women aren’t supposed to know how! Grrrrr.) Tell me your tips please! And I’ll write about the results. — Angela M.