How to clean your Green Mountain Grill

No one likes to do it, but let me tell you…it needs to be done! I know it’s been awhile since we have chatted but life has been hectic. Thankfully, I have trained the men in my life well to start taking pictures of EVERYTHING grill related! My brother even chimed in this time.

Regular cleaning and maintenance for your Green Mountain will keep it in working order longer to continue giving you the best food possible. So where do we begin?

Dirty Grill…Thanks Cody for the great example 😉

Begin by removing the internal parts of the grill, racks and drip pan. Underneath will expose a whole other portion for you to clean. If you are wishing to give your grill racks a good soaking and cleaning, feel free to soak in a water and ammonia mixture. Otherwise I will touch base on other ways to wipe them down later.

After removing the racks and drip trays, the fire pot will be exposed. Here is all the ash that needs to be vacuumed up. Make sure to use a shop vac or vacuum that is not your home vacuum. You don’t want grease and dirt inside your home.

Begin Vacuuming all that dust and ash

Vacuum out the bottom and surrounding area to get everything cleaned up.

Look at how nice that looks!

After vacuuming everything out, you can wipe down your racks and drip pan. Now, they won’t be perfect but that is where the next step comes into play. After your grill is put back together, turn your grill on to 150 degrees. Once it has achieved that level, wipe down the interior of your grill. Racks, pan, sides, interior of lid and also the rain cap of the chimney. Adding the slight heat will help to make removal easier. You can achieve this just by using paper towels.

How pretty!

Look at how nice everything cleaned up! Now it doesn’t need to be perfect, however if you want it to be, it sure can be 😉 Giving your grill a good cleaning will allow for proper air flow, giving your meat a nice even cook. Plan to clean out your grill approximately every 3-4 bags of pellets that you use. Once the inside is clean, you can clean the outside.

Dad uses WD-40 to clean the outside of his grill. I know, I was thinking the same thing…WD-40…hmm. But it cuts the grease and smoke nicely off of the outside. Once again, just use a rag or paper towels for cleaning. If you have a stainless steel lid, he recommends Bar Keepers Friend.

Happy Grilling Everyone! We have enjoyed blogging with all of you and can’t wait for what is to come…Just because winter is approaching doesn’t mean grilling has to stop!

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

September is in full swing around here. The annual CyHawk game came and went…Iowa pulled off the W but it wasn’t pretty. The World’s Greatest County Fair blew through town. I got all of my must have food items PLUS I tried this years blue ribbon winner…Steak Tip Meal. Dad whipped up a pork butt to share with his tractor pulling friends (yes, that recipe is coming…).

Before we know it, winter will be here but that wont slow us down when it comes to grilling. I’m so excited to share this easy recipe with all of you to share with your family and friends during those exciting football games.

Large Packet of Smokies and 1lb of bacon

You will find this recipe very easy to do! Your biggest time consuming part is wrapping smokies in bacon. Cut your bacon strips into thirds and wrap each smokie with one small strip of bacon, securing with a toothpick. Some wraps will require two toothpicks. We break our toothpicks so they are smaller and go further.

Your smokies should look just like this!

After your smokies are all wrapped, add them to a pan or dish that is grill safe. My dad uses a cast iron pot for his grill. Once added to your dish, add 2 cups of brown sugar. This is what creates the flavor and texture of these delightful smokies.

Lastly, cook your smokies with the brown sugar at 350 degrees on your Green Mountain Grill (or oven). You will keep cooking until the bacon is done and the brown sugar is carmelized on the smokies. This process will roughly take about an hour.

Bam! Enjoy!

You’re done! Now its time to enjoy and share with all of your friends as appetizers or game day pleasers! We hope you enjoy this recipe and look forward to all the other goodies we have coming your direction! Let us know how this recipe went for you!

Why every backyard needs a Pellet Grill!

Oh No…I forgot about dinner!

As busy working parents, this has not been the first or the last time I will ever say that! You feel me….burnt pizza, burnt grilled cheese or in Bob’s case…the grill is on fire.

Thankfully, with the ease of our Green Mountain pellet grill, that’s no longer a worry. Pellet grills allow you to have the “set it and forget it” mentality. Pellets create moisture to prevent your food from becoming dried out. So if you run late or are busy playing ball, you don’t have to worry about ruining your dinner.

mmmm, baby back ribs

Do you like a little smokey taste to your food?

If so, you’re in luck! The nice thing about pellet grills is that you can do quick meals for those busy ball nights or “low and slow” for that added smokey flavor. Now, Im not one who LOVES a lot of smoke taste (although there are some who do) but it adds just enough flavor to satisfy my taste buds.

Make sure to look for that nice smoke ring when you cut into your meat and witness all that your days patience has accomplished! It’s also a great way to create Jerky! Everyone loves a good batch of beef jerky or deer jerky or goose jerky…ok ill stop!

Excuse me, but is it hot in here?

New Green Mountain Daniel Boone Prime Grill with Stainless Steel Hood

Heating up my house is the LAST thing that I want to do on a warm summer night. Between kids coming in and out of the house (over and over and over again), sunlight beaming in and just being plain hot, the last thing I want to do is add to it by warming up my oven. Anyone who knows me knows I like to be cold!

Even though my kids are great eaters and love to have meat off the grill…they are kids. They want cheesy, noodle filled creations. BONUS, pellet grills can create that too!

Pellet grills use indirect heat and fans to create a convection type oven. I create my casseroles as normal, turn the grill up to the oven temp (350 degrees or 375 degrees), then bake as normal! Same gooey greatness, added smoke taste and without the added heat to your home!

Sorry, but the maid is out for the day…

That darn maid of mine…she never seems to come around near enough 😉 (that’s because she doesn’t exist). No worries, pellet grills, specifically green mountain grills are super easy to maintain. No excessive clean up that you may experience with charcoal grills. Use a simple grate cleaner and occasionally vacuum out the fire pot and you’re set! Simple, right?

I wish to keep my eyebrows, thank you…

Noah (11) holding a handful of pellets

Number one reason that I NEVER used to grill on our gas grill…I was afraid it was going to explode. The thought of all that gas flowing through there and then adding fire was enough to make me not even go near it. I could never remember, lid open or was it lid closed? So, we would have to wait until 6:30 at night before we could begin supper when Bob got home.

Now, Im a grilling fool! Pellet grills are so easy to start that my kids can do it (they do get hot over time, so be careful!). Pellet grills use hardwood, kill dried wood that never touches the floor and is held together with their natural lignin (no glues). Cooking over hardwood gives you great taste, versatility and consistency. Yes, charcoal does taste great but can be difficult to maintain your heat in order to achieve your desired BBQ meat!

So the next time you are in the market for a new grill, give pellet grills a thought! Not only will you not regret the decision, you are also helping support a small business owner with Green Mountain…like my dad 😉

We would love to hear from you! Comment below with your pellet grill tips, recipes or topics you would love to hear about! Also, share us with your friends so we can continue to grow!