12 Grill Tips/Tricks

 

It’s National Grilling Month, and what better way to kick off a fun month of grilling than to put some quick grill tips and tricks to use. Let the grilling begin!

1. Clean your grill and grate with a grill brush after preheating

This tip sounds like a no-brainer, but to achieve optimum grill cleanliness, run your grill brush over the grates after preheating. That way, the heat will have already begun to loosen the grit and grime that’s been stuck on your grill since your last cookout. As Chris Allingham, a blogger on Weber grills, also attests to: “There’s zero chance of forgetfulness. If you burn-off after cooking, you go into the house and enjoy your meal, only to realize 30 minutes later that your grill is still glowing cherry-red-hot out on the patio.” Our Senior Graphic Designer, Dorik Downing, also suggests an alternative to a wire brush, which has potential safety concerns. Dorik’s grill brush of choice is the “Ultimate BBQ Cleaning Tool,” a brush made from red oak that forms to the shape of the grill grates.

“What I like the most about it is that I feel like my grill is still ‘seasoned’ because the formed tool does not harshly scrape the grill like a wire brush would. A few swipes with the tool and it’s grill time!” – Dorik Downing

Additional tip: For a deeper clean, remove your grates and soak them in a bucket of soapy water before cooking.

2. Oil your grill with a paper towel soaked in vegetable oil, or use an onion

Avoid investing in cheap sprays that can cause flare-ups on the grill, and instead, simply use a paper towel soaked in vegetable oil on your grill grate. Once the towel is soaked, take a set of tongs and coat the grate entirely to prevent sticking. This tip is cost-effective and easy, making for efficient grilling and zero chance of your meat, vegetables, or seafood sticking to the grill.

You could also clean your grill grate with an onion. Amanda Perry, our Marketing Specialist, recommends this technique: “While the grill’s still hot, take a freshly halved onion, stick it on a fork, and use the cut side to rub residue off the grate. The oils in the onion will take care of most, if not all, of the grit without the elbow grease. They’ll also season the grill and add some flavor to your next meal, too.”

3. Keep a spray bottle nearby in case of flare-ups

Flare-Ups can be a scary and sudden side-effect to using a grill spray on your grill or can simply be caused by grease dripping down into the grill. While some flare-ups are small and contained, one simple trick to dousing larger flare-ups when they do occur is to keep a spray bottle filled with water nearby.

4. Invest in a grill mat

A grill mat will help reduce staining from grease that could splatter or drip out of the grill. Even if you have a drip pan, there is still a risk of grease or oil escaping the grill and staining your patio. Investing in a naturally heat-resistant grill mat could ensure a greater longevity to your patio surface.

5. Try additive-free lump charcoal

For those grill masters that favor charcoal grills, consider trying additive-free lump charcoal, a more environmental-friendly substitute to normal briquettes (which normally contain wood scraps, sawdust, coal dust, sodium nitrate, borax, and additional additives). We also recommend avoiding lighter fluid altogether when lighting your grill, as it releases volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air, which can leave unsanitary residue on the food you’re grilling. Our Senior Graphic Designer, Dorik Downing, recommends 100% Lump Charcoal, which he uses on his Kamado Joe grill.

6. Line kettle basin with aluminum foil

By adding aluminum foil to the interior of your kettle grill, you will easily be able to dispose of the charcoal ash after grilling, as opposed to having to clean out the interior of the grill later.

7. Use a chimney starter to light charcoal

Using a chimney starter to light your charcoal in either a grill or a smoker is an efficient way to get the coals hot and avoid lighter fluid. Here’s a walkthrough on how to use a chimney starter and some basic safety tips. We recommend the Weber 7416 Rapidfire Chimney Starter since it holds more charcoal than other chimney starters and is rust-resistant.

8. Limit the times you open a grill or smoker to check the progress of your food

The more you open a grill or smoker, the more inconsistent the heat levels in your grill will be. For a gas grill, opening the lid too much can cause lower cooking temperatures and slower cooking time. For charcoal grills, opening the lid causes your food to actually cook quicker since the oxygen from the air makes the coals hotter. Bobby Flay, chef and TV host, recommends to “stop playing with the food when it is on the grill. Leave it be. Let your meat or chicken or fish or veggies form a crust and naturally release from the grates. Only flip it once so the burger or fish doesn’t fall apart.” As the old saying goes, “if you’re looking, it ain’t cooking!”

9. Let your food come to room temperature before grilling*, and then let it rest ten minutes after cooking.

Wolfgang Puck, chef and restaurateur, says that “Allowing the meat to come to room temperature is one of the most important parts of grilling that home cooks often forget. This will lessen the steak’s cooking time and help perfect an evenly cooked piece of meat. If the steak is cold when you put it on the grill, it will overcook the outer part of the meat, drying it out while you wait to cook the internal part of the meat to the desired temperature.” Also, letting the meat rest after cooking for about ten minutes will ensure the redistribution of the juices and ultimately a better flavor.

Additional tip*: Don’t leave the meat out at room temperature for more than an hour in case bacteria begin to grow.

10. Add some oil to your favorite dry rubs

Heather Thomas, our Ecommerce Marketing Specialist, recommends coating a dry rub lightly with olive oil to “…seal in the flavors during the marination process and lessen spice loss while flipping. In my experience, it also has the added benefit of changing up the texture of cooked meat to be a bit crispier on the outside and juicier on the inside, especially when combined with fresh garlic.”

11. Use a Dutch oven or a large pot with a lid when transporting your cooked meats inside

Brad Dorcik, one of our online merchandisers, recommends this tip to keep your cooked food “moist, juicy, and warm until it’s time to chow down.”

Sunbrella BBQ Grill Cover

12. Throw a grill cover on!

What better way to protect what you love most than by covering it? Adding a grill cover to your grill reduces the risk of your grill rusting, as well as protects it from weathering and damage from UV rays. We recommend these products for optimum protection from the elements and an enjoyable grill experience. Also, check out one of our earlier blog posts on how to measure your grill for a cover.

Consider putting these tips and tricks to the test for any fun, outdoor grill experience you’re planning for the Fourth of July, and for the rest of national grilling month. Happy grilling!

12 Grill Tips/Tricks

Memorial Day – Stars & Stripes Sale!

Stars and Stripes Sale

Enjoy the long weekend with our Memorial Day Stars and Stripes Sale with coupon code Stars18 at checkout NOW through the 31st.

Get an even BIGGER discount when you shop our SALE! Category on the site. 55% OFF special priced items now through the end of the month. (use code to get the additional 25%)

Here’s wishing you a very Happy Memorial Day weekend.
We hope it’s filled with friends, family and most of all – FUN!

 

Memorial Day – Stars & Stripes Sale!

Stars and Stripes Sale

Stars and Stripes Sale!

We are kicking off our Memorial Day Sale a little early. Call it wishful thinking for a long weekend, but we aren’t far off. It’s our Red, White and Blue … or Henna, Indigo and Beige Stars and Stripes sale on NOW at classicaccessories.com

25% OFF site wide until May 31st with code: Stars18 at checkout.
Any item, any collection!

Stars and Stripes Sale

Even though it’s not the long holiday weekend, we can still plan ahead. What plans do you have? Whether you are planning on traveling or staying home we hope to be apart of it. Because to us, it’s not just about protecting your stuff.

Sure, that’s part of it. But to us, it’s also about much more than that. It’s about protecting dreams, adventures and memories, and all the irreplaceable experiences that make your belongings worth protecting. That’s why we do what we do. And why we’re committed to doing it so well. Because we know the true value of your belongings doesn’t necessarily start with a dollar sign.

Happy “Weekend Before” – plan it wisely.

Stars and Stripes Sale

Montlake Mother’s Day

Montlake Mother's Day

After polling a bunch of moms and kids of moms here at Classic Accessories, we came up with our list of favorite gift items for our moms, and those of us who are moms ourselves, would like to receive on Mother’s Day. It was a unanimous across the board – and our Montlake Collection was the CLEAR winner.

Our Montlake Collection has everything for her favorite outdoor space – her patio!
Hammocks
Our Hammocks are perfect for one or cozy for two, provides an ideal place for relaxation.

umbrellas
Our Umbrellas are the perfect accessory for our patio this season. Keeping their look season after season, our patio umbrellas provide years of enjoyment in the shade while resisting stains and weather.

Cushion Combos
Cushions
We have various selections of Montlake Cushions that will fit any style of furniture at any size providing a fashion-forward look with durable materials to make your patio space appealing and inviting whenever you want to go outdoors.

Montlake Covers

Our Montlake Collection of Patio Furniture and Grill Covers offer elegant, understated style, these covers feature our durable FadeSafe® Fabric System so they’ll keep their looks while protecting your furniture season after season.

It’s easy to see why our Montlake Fadesafe Collection is our favorite for this Mother’s Day. We wish you many memories with the moms in your life and hope to be a part of them while you Discover More Time Outdoors this season.

Take 35% off the entire selection above NOW through Mother’s Day at classicaccessories.com – no code needed.

 

Montlake Mother’s Day

Cheers 2017!

welcome 20182017 has been quite the year for Classic Accessories.

We are so lucky to grow year over year with new products and new customers with even more right around the corner for 2018. It’s been a full year with the teams we have in-house and the ones we have across the US and in our CAAL office.

One of the cornerstones of our values is to Enjoy the Journey. Working with such an amazing team makes it easy. Having customers like you makes it worth it.

We hope to be a part of your many adventures and memories while discovering more time outdoors in 2018.

The Happiest of New Year wishes to you with a full-hearted thank you from all of us at Classic Accessories.

Cheers 2017!

FLASH SALE – Employee Recommedations

The exciting conclusion of our Gift Guide spotlights and corresponding discounts–Employee Recommended Gifts–is a selection of items we’d recommend this holiday season, for the person you’re not quite sure about, but know they’d like a Classic Accessories gift under the tree. These are the tried and true products that didn’t quite make it into other sections, or we felt were general enough to be both a nice way to round out a Classic collection or as a great Classic starter gift.

Spotlight: Ravenna Grill Cover

The top spot on this section of the gift guide went to the Medium Ravenna Grill Cover. Amanda has this to say about her Ravenna Grill Cover:

“We’ve had our Ravenna Grill Cover for three years now. It’s been through every season Washington has to offer with record highs, lows and rainfall! My husband is a year-round griller and we make sure to keep our Weber ready at a moment’s notice with our cover. Super easy to put on, and the neutral grey looks great in our backyard setting. Great gift to give any time of year, but especially great for the Holidays. “

Photo Credit: Amanda Perry

During out employee survey, Ravenna was called out specifically in reference to the brand of grill cover that people were hoping to purchase by 1/2 of those who wanted to give patio covers this year.

 

Save 40% on items from the Employee Recommended section of our gift guide using discount code: 17EmployeeGG

Happy Holidays!

FLASH SALE – Employee Recommedations

FLASH SALE – Gifts for the Grill and Lawn Master

Day 3 features Gifts for the Lawn or Grill Master in your life.

Show them you notice the hours they’ve put into the lawn.  Let them know you’ve seen the love they’ve given their tools in the garage. Show them your appreciation for that last grand BBQ. Give your Lawn or Grill Master a cover so they can keep their favorite tools and grills in top shape for the long haul.

Spotlight: Grill Cover

Grill covers raise the convenience factor in grilling, helping a favorite grill be ready to use even at times when the weather is less than agreeable. Dorik, our resident Grill Master, appreciates this aspect of grill covers stating:

“I like to cook outdoors year round, even in bad weather. The cover makes it easy. I usually keep one buckle attachment on for the stormy days and I can unclip it and [know] the grill is basically ready to fire up. It makes it easy to start cooking at any time.”

Grill Covers were ranked 4th by our employees as gifts they’d like to receive, and 1st as something they’d like to give to someone else (see poll results here). Most who mentioned the grill cover as a gift were wanting to give it to someone who had recently invested in a new grill (and were loving it). It’s hard to top a grill as a gift, but you can complement it with a cover.

A special discount on the the featured portion of our Holiday Gift Guide.

Wednesday ONLY – save 40% on Grill and Garage covers using discount code: 17LawnGG

Check back Thursday for the next featured section and discount.

FLASH SALE – Gifts for the Grill and Lawn Master

FLASH SALE – RV, Boat, Fish and UTV

Day 2 of our week-long event.

Each day 12/4-12/8 we’ll be offering a special discount on the the featured portion of our Holiday Gift Guide.

Today, we’re looking at Gifts for the Outdoorsman. These are gifts for that special person in your life that is always heading out on expeditions–the RVers, boaters, fishermen and powersport adventurers. The man or woman who enjoys being in the great outdoors with his or her gear. Classic has equipment, covers, and accessories that will make their lifelong experience with their gear in the outdoors more enjoyable.

Spotlight: Pontoon Boats

Pontoon boats are a great way to help get a friend out on the water and get to the fish they’re seeking. Matt, an employee here, enjoys Classic Accessories pontoon boats because, “they’re fun to be on the water with,” noting that the pontoon boats provide him with a great deal of maneuverability. “They’re easy to use and the flexibility is endless.”

Notably, pontoon boats were ranked 3rd by our employees as gifts they’d like to receive, and 6th as something they’d like to give to someone else (see poll results here). The Colorado XT and Colorado XTS were mentioned by name during the poll as being the most desirable pontoon boats.

 

12/5/17 only – save 40% on RV, Fish, Boat and UTV/ATV items using discount code: 17OutdoorsmanGG

Check back tomorrow for the next featured section of the gift guide and discount.

FLASH SALE – RV, Boat, Fish and UTV

FLASH SALE WEEK!

We’re celebrating the season of giving with a week-long event. Each day 12/4-12/8 we’ll be featuring a different portion of our Holiday Gift Guide and offering a special discount on related items.

Today only – save 40% on select patio items using discount code: 17PatioGG

We’re taking a look at Gifts for the Practical Patio Owner. These are gifts for the person in your life that takes time and pride in their patios and patio furniture. Help them make their investment last with patio furniture covers.

Check back each day this week for the daily discount and have a happy Monday!

FLASH SALE WEEK!

Classic’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

We know how hectic holiday shopping can be and how difficult some people can be to shop for, so we’ve created a gift guide to bring you some inspiration this season. Browse for others or for yourself!

Check out the gift guide here: https://classicaccessories.com/holiday-gift-guide-2017/

We’ve also conducted an employee gift survey featured below to give you an idea of the Classic Accessories gifts we’d like to see under the tree-for ourselves or others. Umbrellas were a favorite amongst both givers and receivers so be sure to check them out.

Happy Holiday Season!

 

Classic’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide