Cooking and eating healthy from BBQ grill is easy with some care

As the temperature rises outside, many times we may not want to cook inside, so we turn to grilling. No matter your preference between charcoal or gas, the smell of BBQ in the air gives all the feelings of summertime. Although living in Florida allows us to grill year-round, many of us find ourselves waiting for those steamy summer months to fire up the grill. 

When was the last time you cleaned your grill? The first step in keeping your food safe is starting with a clean grill. For day-to-day maintenance, use a grill brush to scrape down the grates. If using charcoal, be sure all previous ash from coals has been removed.

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Grills should be deep cleaned every six months to a year. To do this, disconnect the gas or remove the charcoal. Next, take out the drip pans and grates, and soak them while you clean the rest of the grill. For a gas grill, cover the heating elements.