Getting ready for the summer season involves a bit of a cleanup especially for the backyard that might have taken a beating in the past couple of months. What shape are your plants in? You might want to put in some fresh vegetable or herb plants. If you’re worried about what type of soil you’ve got in your backyard then forego digging into the ground and think about some above ground planters. These come in all shapes and sizes and could have your mini-garden up and running in no time.
What shape is your patio in? A patio with tiles always has the potential for cracks appearing around the edges. This is a result of water seeping into a small crack and causing a bigger crack. Obviously this is a bigger problem for states with harsher winters when that seeping water freezes and busts up the tile. Beyond your deck, you might be looking at your patio furniture and wondering if it is time to replace them. Perhaps a more economical solution would be to merely strip them down and repaint. Just make sure you’re buying weatherproof paint.
Finally, the biggest issue for many Sacramento residents would be what shape is your grill in? Like those other items that live outdoors, your grill has probably taken a beaten during the winter. Maybe not this past years but over the years is will simply be worn down. If you’re looking into buying a new grill you’ll be faced with that age old choice of “charcoal or gas?” Well, this summer you’re in for a treat because a new grill designed by Hayneedle not only has charcoal and gas but also has its own smoker. It’s a three for one deal that will let you BBQ anyway you want to!
If that is too much to handle, you could go for a standard propane grill that is easy to clean and maintain. Great features on the new models are side burners for things like pots of beans or boiling water for corn or potatoes. For the serious outdoor griller there is even a model with six burners and 800 inches of grilling space. That’s room for a lot of ribs!
Naturally, getting a new grill means getting rid of the old one. Just as with those other summer clean up chores, you can find a big help by hiring a team of professional junk haulers like Junk King Sacramento. This is a crew that can show up in your backyard ready, willing and able to remove anything you want taken away. Think of this as the proverbial clearing of the decks. Once all that old junk is gone you can rethink where you might want to put those planters or patio furniture. You’ll also have plenty of options for the placement of your new grill no matter what size it is!
What kind of griller are you? Do you like to just crank up the propane, toss on a piece of meat, wait for it to blacken and call it a day? That’s a decent approach if you want to eat fast and don’t care about flavor but you’re not really taking full advantage of your grill. The best way to approach grilling is to set up two heating zones: indirect and direct. So which way will your grill go? Try the toast test. Place pieces of bread throughout your entire grill grate and turn it on. If your heat is evenly distributed than the bread should toast up evenly. But if you’ve got one side burning to a crisp faster than another side you’ve found your true “hot zone.” This could be your direct spot. On the indirect side, turn down or turn off the flames and see how long it takes for that grate to heat up.
When you bake something in the oven, most recipes call for a temperature between 350 and 450. Running those kinds of numbers could lull you into a false sense of grill security. In other words, you might believe that’s how hot you should get your grill. Well, you’d be wrong. The optimum grilling temperature is around 225. This allows you to cook low and slow. It keeps your meat from seizing up and squeezing out the juices. Rethinking those flames right about now aren’t you?
When you kick up your grill temperature to around 325 then you’re in the perfect zone to brown most meat, caramelize sugars and gets skins nice and crispy. This is also the top end of heat you want for searing your steaks but don’t leave them there or they’ll shrivel up. Keep in mind that if you’re grilling old school with charcoals, the same principles should apply: create two hot zones and you’ll be in great shape.
If your toast test shows your grill is really out of whack in terms of even distribution then it might be a case of clogged burners or that your grill has seen better days. Maybe it’s time for a new grill. Nothing wrong with getting a fresh start on the grilling season with a new BBQ set up. First you’ll have to get rid of that old grill that has seen better days. Instead of wheeling it out to the curb and hoping it will magically disappear you should contract a team of professional junk haulers like Junk King Sacramento to handle the task. These crews will have a truck big enough to cart off your grill with no problem. While you’re at it, you might as well get them to toss out your old patio furniture, those piles of wood by the garage or anything else that is cluttering up your backyard. Don’t worry: the junk haulers will do all the heavy lifting. You just have to point at what you want taken away. It couldn’t be simpler!