Barbecue 101: Tips, Tricks and Gear for the Perfect Barbecue!

By Renee Castro

Welcome to Florida, where the sun shines bright (on most days), and many summers are spent at family barbecues by the pool. For most of us, attending barbecues have been a summer staple for as long as we can remember, so bring out your favorite tools and get grilling! Use our Barbecue 101 guide for the perfect weekend cookout!

Tips for Cleaning Your Grill:

  1.  Make sure your grill is completely turned off and cooled. Give your grill a brush to clean off as much as possible.
  2. Place your grates and infrared panels in a bucket that is filled with dish soap and warm water. Let them soak for 15 minutes.
  3. While your grates are soaking, use a handheld vacuum cleaner to clean up loose particles at the bottom of your grill. You can also brush and clean the inside walls with a grill brush. Wipe the walls with a damp paper towel once you’re done.
  4. After you have soaked the grates and panels, scrub the inside of the grill to remove what’s left. Then, use a sponge to clean the outside of the grill.

*Grills vary in size, model and more. Please use caution when cleaning your grill, as these tips may not be for every grill. Please remember to disconnect your propane to ensure that your grill is not hot when cleaning!

Spice Up Your Barbecue Game!:

Corn on the Cob Grilling Baskets


Corn on the Cob Grilling Baskets

Stainless- Steel Sliding Skewers


Stainless- Steel Sliding Skewers

Mesh Grill Bags


Mesh Grill Bags

Flip-It! Bottle Emptying Kit, 1-Pack


Flip-It! Bottle Emptying Kit, 1-Pack

Southern Barbecue Sauces by State:

The term barbecue is the technique of cooking meat outdoors over fire. Southern barbecue is the makeup of traditions from the southern states, and is often what we eat at typical barbecue restaurants. While there are many different styles and traditions, here are the more commonly known barbecue sauces by states in the south!


Local Barbecue Spots:

Sonny’s BBQ

Alachua- 15935 Northwest US Highway 441

Archer Road- 3635 Southwest

Archer Rd Waldo Road- 2700 Northeast Waldo Rd

4 Rivers Smokehouse

3262 SW 35th Blvd

MOJO Hogtown Bar-B-Que

12 SE 2nd Ave

Beque Holic –Premium Korean Table BBQ 3812 West Newberry Rd

Top Hog BBQ

14128 W Newberry Rd, Suite 10

Woodyard Grill

102 NW 1st Ave, Newberry

Adam’s Rib Company

North- 2109 NW 13th St

South- 1515 SW 13th St

David’s Real Pit BBQ

East: 521 NE 23rd Ave West: 5121 NW 39th Ave


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