Summer is a beautiful time to enjoy a cookout in the green space at Bamboo Beach Club Resort, and if you’ve picked up some fresh groceries, our outdoor grill will come in handy.
As long as you observe some simple grill etiquette for using public grills, you can enjoy many an outdoor meal at the resort. Here are some tips.
Clean out the grates as best as you can.
Cleaning out a public grill before you use it is fairly similar to cleaning out a regular kettle charcoal grill, and the first step is cleaning out the grill grates. You’re not restoring them to a sparkling clean, just using a grill brush or a wadded-up piece of foil to scrape off any carbon or food stuck on there.
Remove any ashes or debris from the bottom.
If there are any ashes on the bottom of the grill, get rid of them. An easy way to do this is to place a hand in a plastic garbage or shopping bag and use that to “sweep” the ashes out of the grill and into a trash or paper bag.
Cover the grates with foil if you like.
If you are worried about using a public grill, just cover the grates with foil and poke a few holes in it before you light the grill. Since grills use very high heat, this isn’t necessary, but it is helpful if you’ll be grilling small things, like shrimp, that might easily fall through the grates.
Make sure you really preheat the grill if you’re not using foil.
If you choose not to do the foil thing, just preheat the grill for a while first. When you’re ready to grill, give the grill grates another quick brush to scrape off any remaining bits that are stuck on there. Oil the grates to create more of a nonstick surface.
When you’re done grilling, give the grates another brush or scrape to remove any residual food while the grill is still hot, or throw out the foil.
Easy Food to Grill
There are plenty of quick and easy things you can grill. And of course, when in Rome (or Clearwater) venture out to a nearby farmer’s market for fresh local fare to try on the grill (and maybe a cool souvenir, too).
- Bacon-wrapped Anything
Hot dogs, Portobello mushrooms, even fruit like watermelon or dates
Chunks of your favorite fresh veggies with chicken, beef or tofu, pineapple chicken kabobs or grilled fruit kabobs
- Marinated grilled shrimp
- Simple Grilled Grouper
No matter when or what you decide to grill, just remember to be a good citizen and leave your grill site as clean and tidy as possible for the next person.
Are you a grill master? Give us your tips for easy and delicious things to grill away from home.