Memorial Day weekend is usually thought of as the unofficial start of summer.
It's the first big weekend for cook-outs.
In order to prepare for the new season of grilling, I decided to try out the Grill Daddy, a product that promises to get your dirty old grill grates ready for summer.
Would I be grateful for the job it did on my grill?
A lot of time has passed between Labor Day and Memorial Day, which is coming up. The Grill Daddy promises to be the mother of all grill cleaners when you've got a messy grill. It’s not uncommon to see charred food particles between the grill grates, and sometimes there's even some rust that has accumulated.
My grill was an absolute mess.
The key to the Grill Daddy is that it works by steam. And one of the first things you need to do before you clean the grates is fire up the grill.
The manufacturer says that you should let it burn on high for about ten minutes to loosen up some of the food residue that's on there. After that, it’s time for the Grill Daddy to go to work.
So how do you get the necessary steam? You simply fill the Grill Daddy’s reservoir with water. I waited until the grill had been on for a little more than 10 minutes and reached a temperature between 500 and 600 degrees, which should be plenty hot. And the directions don't say either way, but I think you're probably supposed to turn the grill off while you're doing this.
And then you're just supposed to turn the Grill Daddy’s “on” valve, which releases the water.
After less than thirty seconds of scrubbing, I was surprised how clean I was able to get the grate. It was absolutely immaculate in comparison to the unwashed areas.
The Grill Daddy also has specific brushes for the real tough places where food is ground in. I flipped it to those brushes and it even helped to take off some of the rust.
I've used several different types of brushes to clean this grill, and none even comes close to the Grill Daddy.
So who's your daddy? In my case it's the Grill Daddy, and it gets the big thumbs up.
The Grill Daddy's brushes are dishwasher safe, and it works on gas, propane, and charcoal grills.
I paid 15 dollars for mine at CVS, but you can also find them on the internet.
For more information about the Grill Daddy, including directions on how to order your very own, visit the official site at http://www.grilldaddy.net/