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My food is covered in black smoke. The whole inside of the grill is also covered. I just cleaned gril with warm water and a brilo pad. (no soap) Could it be bad propane

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You described exactly what never should be done... never use water to clean your grill.

Described symptoms indicate insufficient air supply to the burners, please remove burners and dry clean them with wirebrush and blow them with pressurised air if available to remove dust and rust particles, check if all holes are free of debris, water caused bit of rust to clog these holes. This cause insufficient air supply and in return, unburnt fuel cause sooth to appear on all surfaces, including food.

Grill after use should be just wipped off with old newspapers, fat prevent grill from rusting, when you start grill next time, you just splasch it with beer (no joke!) and whipe off excess. Acids and alcohols in beer will dissolve stale fat and clean whole grill area, beer as well will enhance flavour of barbecued food as well.

This advice is true not only for your particular grill model but for any grill or barbecue, regardless of mode of operation, be it propane, gas, electric, wood or whatever heat source you use.

Hope your next food will be delicious, that is recipy for my best teriyaki (marinade) for your meat:

1 tablespoon freshly chopped ginger
1 freshly chopped medium size onion
2 cloves freshly crushed and chopped garlic
2 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup soy sauce (japanese or chinese!)
1/4 cup of water

Mix all ingrediens well, slice your met and add to mix, leave in cold for at least half hour (I prefer for about 4hours), skew and use as a shashlik marinade, or just as marinade for your grill steak, delicious anyway :-)!

Hope recipy will brighten your day.

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