Food being grilled on a gas grill

The summer months are almost here, so it’s time to break out the grill and invite some friends for a backyard BBQ. But before you can start grilling up those burgers and hot dogs, it’s important to check your grill (or get a new one) and make your grill area a fun, relaxing space that you and your family and friends want to spend time in.

Whether you’re new to grilling or an experienced grill master looking to refresh your space, Ocean State Job Lot can help you make your grill area as much a reflection of your personality as it is functional.

A charcoal grill with red lid and a stainless steel gas grill over a dark wood background

Charcoal or Gas?

If you don’t already have a grill, the big question is, do you want to use gas or charcoal? While both options have pros and cons, it ultimately comes down to personal preference. Gas grills are more convenient and easier to use, while charcoal grills provide a smoky flavor that gas grills can’t match. Whichever one you choose, make sure you invest in a quality grill that will last you multiple grilling seasons. Ocean State Job Lot has a variety of grills available online and in stores.

Someone is cleaning and repairing a a gas grill

Check and Inspect Your Grill (Even If It’s New)

If you’re using a gas grill, it’s important to inspect it from top to bottom to ensure it’s in good working condition. Check for rust and broken wires, and inspect your propane tank and fuel line for any cracks or leaks. A simple soapy water test can help identify any leaks in the fuel line. Turn on the gas and spray or brush a soapy water solution on the line and any connections. If you see bubbles, tighten your connections or replace the line. To prep your charcoal grill for the first use of the season, check it for any rust spots and remove any ash left from last season. Now’s the time to check your grill brushes for missing bristles and other accessories to make sure they aren’t broken.

someone seasoning grill grates with oil on a paper towel

Seasonal Seasoning

Before you start grilling, it’s important to season your grill. It doesn’t matter if it’s brand new or ten years old; seasoning helps prevent your food from sticking to the grates and helps protect them against rust. You only need to season once or twice a year. Use a paper towel to coat your cold grill grates with an oil that can take the heat – we like grapeseed or canola oil. If you have a gas grill, turn the burners on high for 20-30 minutes, shut them off, and let your grill cool down. If you’re using charcoal, remove the grates, start your charcoal, and let the coals get red hot. Once they’re going, add enough charcoal to last about an hour and replace the grates. Let the charcoal burn out on its own, and your grates will be perfectly seasoned!

A stainless steel gas grill sits on a patio next to a small wooden table

Set Up a Dream Grill Space

Now that you’ve got your grill ready to go, you can focus on designing the grilling space of your dreams! When creating an entire grilling area, you should consider how much room you have to work with and what kind of space you want to create. Are you looking for a utilitarian space with just the basics, or are you dreaming of a whole setup with a grilling canopy and plenty of seating for guests?

Investing in some new grill decor, such as vinyl-backed tablecloths and new grill mitts, can also help spruce up your grilling area and make it more functional for entertaining guests. For the ultimate outdoor space, consider a popup grill gazebo, and you can grill in any weather!

Along with your grill, you’ll also need cleaning and grilling accessories. Some of our favorites come from our private-label brands, Roadhouse BBQ and True BBQ Professional. Don’t forget to add these must-haves to your shopping list:

  • Grill brush for cleaning
  • Long grill tongs
  • Instant read thermometer
  • Charcoal chimney starter with charcoal fire starters
  • Smoker box with wood chips
  • Metal skewers
  • Wooden grilling planks
  • Silicone brushes for basting
  • Grill mitts
  • Burger press
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Non-stick grilling basket
  • Extra propane tank
  • Cover to protect your grill in the off-season
  • Barbeque caddy

This is the year to create the grilling space of your dreams. With a little help from Ocean State Job Lot, your vision can become a reality, and you’ll be grilling for the neighborhood in no time.