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Give Your Grill a Custom Paint Job

Freestanding Grill

After a couple of years of use, most barbecue grills develop a dull, ashy look on the outer shell. Washing will take away some of this dull surface, but the worst of it is caused by oxidation and needs to be treated. As long as you’re repairing the surface of your grill, why not give it a custom paint job in a favorite or designer color? Paint it to match your furniture cushions in mauve or spring green, or go the total tailgate route with your favorite team’s colors. Newer heat-resistant paints make this a simple job to do, leaving you with a unique grill that fits in with your decor and lifestyle.

Prepare the Grill

The first step in any paint job is to clean the surface, and grills are more difficult than most. With a buildup of ash and grease coating most of the edges, oven cleaner is the tool of choice here. Wipe the surface down with soap and water, rinse, and then spray it with cleaner. Scrub the cleaner off, wearing rubber gloves, to remove any residual grease and dirt.

Remove most of the paint with a wire brush and steel wool. Most grills are aluminum and won’t rust, but if you’ve got an older model that’s rusting, sand it down until you reach the bare metal underneath. You don’t have to get every chip of paint, but give the grill a smooth surface.

Painting

With masking tape, cover the legs, dials, and any other parts you want to leave unpainted. Place the grill in the middle of the lawn and cover it with a very light coat of spray paint. Choose a paint specifically designed to resist high-intensity heat. Allow the paint to dry, then add another light coat. Cover the grill with at least three light coats, allowing it to dry thoroughly between coats. Let the paint cure for at least 24 hours before you fire up the grill.

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Cooking Bacon on a Gas Grill?

Cooking bacon on a gas grill is not something you normally would want to try and usually should not try. The grease coming off the bacon is asking for huge flare ups and potentially a dangerous situation with fire. With one of our high end Fire Magic Grills that we carry we wanted to try and cook a pack of bacon on it.

Fire Magic is known for a great grease management system that helps limit the flare ups. If you do cook bacon on a grill you are going to want to be very careful and will need to watch it. Below is a video of the bacon cooking on the Fire Magic grill.

Have you ever cooked bacon on a gas grill before?

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Can you bake a cake on a grill?

Today we are attempting to bake a cake on a grill. Yes, that is correct bake a cake. To make it even more interesting we decided to take a regular chocolate cake mix and omit the eggs and oil. We did this by using roughly 12oz. of diet coke. Now to find out if it worked. Watch the below video and see!

So the answer is yes, you can bake a cake on the grill. On top of that you can also bake a cake on the grill without oil and eggs! The flavor was still very good and you only had a slight hint at pop, but not much.

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Easy Stuffed Burgers with “Steak” Fries

Today we will be showing you an easy way to spice up your burgers and customize them to anyone’s taste! Burgers are always a staple for everyone every grilling season. Sometimes they can get old if you just eat the same boring hamburger patty every meal. This simple recipe will give you options all grilling season long and who knows you might not repeat the same burger again!

Directions

  1. For each hamburger you will want two patties. So if you are feeding 4 you will want 8 patties. These can be as thick or as thin as you want.
  2. Take whatever you want inside the burger and place it on top of 1 of the patties.
  3. Take the other half of the hamburger patty and place it on top.
  4. Squish the sides together to seal everything inside.
  5. Place on preheated grill and cook!

These burgers turn out great and the possibilities are endless on what to put inside and tastes. This has definitely become on of my favorites now. Super easy to do and great taste.

Bonus Side: Steak Fries

A great side for this is grilled steak fries. This is also an easy recipe to do. These are a lot healthier than the alternative deep fried fry, but still taste great.

Directions

  1. Take your potato and slice them lengthwise into thin ovals.
  2. Place the pieces in a Ziploc bag.
  3. In the Ziploc add some vegetable oil, salt and pepper and shake to coat.
  4. Take them out of the bag and place them on a preheated grill.
  5. Cook them to your desired “doneness”

 

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Grilled Banana Sundae

For recipe Friday we will be going away from the main attraction and focusing on desert. According to the 2011 Weber GrillWatch Survey desert was listed as the most challenging to grill. Cooking a desert on the grill is becoming more popular each year. I found a recipe for grilled bananas and decided to turn that into a sundae. My initial thought that grilling the banana would be easy. It was not too bad, but it was fairly messy to do.

Ingredients

  • 4 Bananas
  • 1 T Lemon Juice
  • 1 C Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • Ice Cream
  • Any toppings you want

Directions

  1. Preheat your grill. Low Heat.
  2. Cut the bananas in half lengthwise then widthwise.
  3. Sprinkle the lemon juice on the banana pieces.
  4. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together.
  5. Roll the banana pieces in the mixture to coat them.
  6. Put the bananas on the grill and cook on each side for 3-5 minutes.
  7. Take them off the grill and make your sundae.

Thoughts/Tips
I did not follow the recipe exactly and I just eyeballed some lemon juice on the bananas. Don’t do that. What happened with mine is I put too much on and it coated well, but quickly melted the mixture into a thick liquid.  If I just used the little lemon juice that was called for this would have cut down on that happening. This also caused a nice little mess on the grill.

Even with this little mess up they turned out very good. Serve them right away so the bananas stay warm. The vanilla ice cream with the warm bananas go perfect together.

Try them out and let me know how they turned out in the comments.

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