Articles in: grills

How To Clean Your Grill

Posted by: on October 3rd, 2013 | Make A Comment

All summer long you have enjoyed nights of cookouts, meats and veggies grilled to perfection, and perhaps even deviated from your old faithful recipes and experimented with your outdoor cooking this year. Either way, your grill now has a season’s worth of deliciously hard work to clean up. It’s important to know how to clean your grill. This video tutorial will help you get your grill clean, sparkly, and ready to store for the season. Remember, if you have a gas grill, you will have to remove some pieces of the grill in order to have access to the burners.

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Man Caves: Building the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen

Posted by: on April 5th, 2013 | Make A Comment
Image of a rustic outdoor kitchen

Image via Manland

 

The first rule of man caves is you gotta have a man cave. It needn’t be anything big or fancy, just a place you create to enjoy the things you like to do. And there’s something about grilling over an open fire that for many guys feels a bit primal and essentially man cave-ish.

So, we thought it would be cool to look at some outdoor kitchens that might serve as inspiration for men who enjoy nothing more than firing up the grill year round and preparing great meals.

Whether you want to keep it simple and homey, like Paul’s outdoor kitchen above that we spotted on Manland, or you’d prefer to cook up something special, we encourage you to just do it.

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Inspired: Grill Options

Posted by: on April 1st, 2013 | Make A Comment

Inspiration board with several types of grill options

 

If you’ve been to a Home Depot store in the last few weeks, you know that it’s grilling season again! We’ve pulled together lots of grill options in varying price points. Which one would work best for you?

TOP ROW: COMBINATION GRILLS

The Brinkmann Dual Function 3-Burner Propane Gas/Charcoal Grill and Smoker and the Char-Broil Triple Function Gas/Charcoal Grill and Smoker both offer you three grills in one: gas, charcoal, and a smoker! With a capacity to cook dozens of burgers at once, the Brinkmann Dual Function and Char-broil Triple Function grills would be great for the serial entertainer.

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Get Ready for Grilling with the Latest Grills and Accessories

Posted by: on March 19th, 2013 | Make A Comment

 

Barbecue grills equipped with the latest features and enhancements make cooking outdoors even more convenient and enjoyable. Propane, natural gas and electric grills now offer side burners, infrared searing, rotisseries and more. They’ll help you efficiently prepare more flavorful meals for yourself or an entire party of family and friends.

If you’ve been thinking about getting a new grill, check out this video. It will introduce you to many of the new grill features and accessories that can enhance your grilling and outdoor dining experience.

For more in-depth information on grills, grill types, features or tips on how to choose the right grill, our grills Buying Guide can help you find the perfect grill suited to your needs.

 

We have lots of videos. Catch up with our YouTube videos here on the blog, and visit The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

Grill It: How to Use Grill Vents

Posted by: on October 6th, 2012 | 5 Comments

grill and grill vent

Q: I’m confused by these grill vents. How do they work again?

A: Simply put, the wider you open up the grill vents, the stronger the fire—and thus the hotter your grill—will get. This is because oxygen feeds your fire. The more oxygen you let in, the hotter and more intense the flames and the quicker the fuel burns up. Likewise, if you close the vent completely, you’ll extinguish the flame, which can also be useful when the time is right.

Here’s a cool trick for the pyro inside: Place your coals so that they are directly under the vent in the bottom of the grill to get the hottest fire. Or position the charcoal further away from the top vent if you are going for “slow and low” cooking technique.

Don’t you love it when things make sense?

Grilling Tips is for all you grill fanatics out there. Whether you swear by propane, charcoal or gas, our BBQ tips have you covered. If you’re in need of an upgrade – shop Grills at homedepot.com.

Grill It: Appetizers for the Grill

Posted by: on September 29th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Pizza on the grill

Q: What are some cool finger foods to toss on the grill?

A: Maybe you’re having a grill party, but don’t have enough chairs to make it a regular sit-down meal. Or maybe you just want something nice for your guests to munch on from the grill before the eating gets serious. So it’s good to have some grilled appetizers in your grilling repertoire.

Some jalapeño poppers or stuffed peppers make a great treat, though they take a little handiwork before the party. Grilled pizzas are easy to slice and share (think: pesto-mozzarella-tomato or marinara with sausage, peppers and onions). Just brush the grill with plenty of olive oil before throwing the pizzas on.

Shrimp or chicken on a skewer is a great base for a casual appetizer grill party, and especially delightful with a generous brush of sweet lime-chili sauce. And don’t forget the obvious: smoky, spicy chicken wings on the grill.

If you are serving up several savory bites, a small dessert will excite the crowd. Try halving slightly less-than-ripe peaches and throwing them on face down. Toss on a dollop of ricotta or goat cheese and top with honey or a balsamic reduction for a tasty three-bite treat.

Grilling Tips is for all you grill fanatics out there. Whether you swear by propane, charcoal or gas, our BBQ tips have you covered. If you’re in need of an upgrade – shop Grills at homedepot.com.

Grill It: How Many Gas Grill Burners Do I Need?

Posted by: on September 22nd, 2012 | Make A Comment

gas grill burner

Q: What the deal with the gas grill burners? How many do I need? 

A: Burners are, of course, only relevant to those who have a gas grill since charcoal is charcoal is charcoal. Having more burners means that you will have a more “diversified” grill—in other words, you can cook different items at different heat levels at the same time.

You’ll find plenty of gas grills out there with three burners. With these you can typically have about two jobs working at the same time while remaining true to the items’ ideal heat. For example, you could be searing a steak over high heat while roasting some delicate peppers at a lower heat in another “grill zone.” You’ll find four-burner gas grills or even six-burner grills, too—practically enough flexibility to make an entire four-course menu without setting foot in the house.

Grilling Tips is for all you grill fanatics out there. Whether you swear by propane, charcoal or gas, our BBQ tips have you covered. If you’re in need of an upgrade – shop Grills at homedepot.com.

Grill It: When to Close the Grill Lid

Posted by: on September 8th, 2012 | Make A Comment

A grill with the lid open

Q:  When do I close the grill lid?

A: Such a simple thing that creates so much consternation. And doing it halfway will likely result in an item that’s half as good as you want. No bueno.

First, if you’re grilling anything with indirect heat, you’ll be keeping the lid closed. That means you’ll be using your trusty grill more like an oven, relying on the surrounding heat to create a tender final product. No peeking rules will be in effect.

But, if you are like the majority of grillers who are using the direct flame to cook and char an item, you have some decisions to make. Try this cheat: If the item is thinner than the palm of your hand, it will likely cook fast enough that you don’t need to close the lid at all. That’s most vegetables, pizzas, chicken breasts or thin chops. If the item is thicker than the palm of your hand, like a giant steak, you’ll probably want to close the lid between flips to expedite the process.

Grilling Tips is for all you grill fanatics out there. Whether you’re grilling with propane, charcoal or gas, our BBQ tips have you covered. If you’re in need of an upgrade – shop Grills at homedepot.com. 

Grill It: Get Perfect Grill Marks

Posted by: on September 1st, 2012 | Make A Comment

Grill marks on a burger

Q: How do I make perfect grill marks? 

A: Start with a super hot grill with super clean grates, oiled if necessary. (Don’t skip this step.) With attitude, place your meat or vegetable of choice on the grill, diagonal to the bars. Once you’ve got a nice sear going, turn the items one quarter clockwise to create a “criss-cross” or “cross-hatch” pattern. Flip the items over and do this again.

Take care not to move the items around too much — and, for griller’s sake, please don’t pierce the items to flip them. You’ll let all of the juices out.

Grilling Tips is for all you grill fanatics out there. Whether you swear by propane, charcoal or gas, our BBQ tips have you covered. If you’re in need of an upgrade – shop Grills at homedepot.com. 

Grill It: Grilling Without a Grate

Posted by: on August 18th, 2012 | Make A Comment

A flame on the grill

Q: Can I grill without a grate?

A: Grilling without a grate is possible—and in some cases, you might even prefer it.

Steal this nifty idea that we learned about in Steven Raichlen’s seminal work The Barbecue Bible for grilling skewered items: Grab two bricks or pieces of paver stone from your local Home Depot store. Place them either directly on the existing grill grates or on either side of a very even layer of hot coals.

Position the bricks or stones far enough apart so that skewers can rest comfortably on them. If you are placing the items directly on the coals, make sure your skewers are two inches above the coals, so your food doesn’t get too charred.

Why would you want to grill without a grate? First of all, you may have a late-breaking grill malfunction, and we wouldn’t want your party to be halted because of that. Second, with this technique, your kebabs won’t get stuck to the grates.

Grilling Tips is for all you grill fanatics out there. Whether you swear by propane, charcoal or gas, our BBQ tips have you covered. If you’re in need of an upgrade – shop Grills at homedepot.com.