BBQ and Grill Tips for the Upcoming Grillmaster

Burgers on Grill

If you want to host the best grill-out in town, here are some BBQ and grill tips for the aspiring cookout king.

 

Be careful of raw meat: This is cooking 101, but the warning still stands. Any time you’re handling raw meat, be careful. Wash your hands and don’t reuse the same plate.

Light the grill in advance: If you’re using charcoal, light the grill 30 minutes ahead of time. If you’re using lighter fuel, let the flames die down to avoid that fuel taste seeping into the food.

Keep a spray bottle on hand: For those out-of-control flames.

Marinate the chicken: Try marinating the chicken overnight with oil or butter or some other kind of marinade for a juicier, more flavorful dish.

Pick fatty steak: This may seem unappetizing, but as you cook, the fat melts and makes the steak more tender.

Use tongs: Puncturing the meat with a fork can dry it out, so use tongs or a spatula instead.

Cook burgers to well-done: Ground beef contains more bacteria than other types of meat, so make sure you cook hamburgers thoroughly.

Don’t be afraid to experiment: Tired of plain ol’ BBQ sauce? Experiment with different flavors, seasonings, herbs, and textures.

 

We at Teague Chevrolet stand by these awesome BBQ and grill tips. Why don’t you put them to good use?

Future Chevrolet Silverado Spied on Roads

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The automotive industry is in a constant state of change to capture the attention of consumers and their buying habits. Recently, a future Chevrolet Silverado 1500 model was spied out testing on public roads. The 2019 Silverado 1500 is expected to make its official debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.

It has been seen a few times; however, it is always heavily camouflaged and padded to hide its finer details. Even with this disguise, we can still guess at a few details, including the fact that the new model will get an all-new frame.

In order to lose some weight and gain efficiency, the new Silverado is expected to incorporate more aluminum into its body design. In addition, a few prototypes have been spotted that seem to show a new headlight design along with a new grille and bumper.

One model was seen with a side exhaust, which could indicate a new engine option on the Silverado. Current models only have rear exhaust ports.

Here at Teague Chevrolet, we can’t wait to see what the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and we expect it to be arriving on our showroom floor sometime next summer.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Review

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Premier Diesel
2017 Chevrolet Cruze Premier Diesel

A number of available diesel models has been shrinking since early last year, but the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze is a leader, not a follower. The streamlined compact car now comes with an available diesel powertrain that’s both efficient and powerful. With reviewers raving and enthusiasts loving the new powertrain, the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel sedan is out to change the compact segment for good.

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze equipped with the available diesel powertrain starts at just $23,795 MSRP,* and drivers can upgrade to the available nine-speed transmission for an additional $2,000. Many reviewers agree that the diesel powertrain is well worth the money.

The 1.6-liter diesel engine delivers a sporty 137 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque for a ride no driver will ever forget. Because of that, the new Cruze diesel sedan is capable of earning up to an EPA-estimated 52 mpg highway.* That fuel economy puts it a step above top competitors like the Volkswagen Jetta and Ford Focus.

The new diesel engine is currently only available in the 2017 Cruze sedan model. It will be available in the Cruze hatchback and Equinox crossover later this year as well.

We here at Teague Chevrolet are excited to see the drivers loving the new Cruze diesel sedan!

*Use for comparison only. EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary.

Five Chevy Vehicles Who Are Top of Their Class

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At Teague Chevrolet, we know a good thing when we see one, which is why we’re so proud to be your source for Chevrolet vehicles. The Chevy lineup is versatile, but it’s also unified in its standards for quality, comfort, durability, and performance. That’s why it came to no surprise to us that the brand earned the most J.D. Power Initial Quality Awards of any other. Here are those Chevy vehicles that came out at the top of their class for quality.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 

The classic Chevrolet pickup made high marks as a light-duty truck.

Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty

 Like its light-duty sibling, the Silverado HD was also chosen, leading the way for heavy-duty pickups. This truck is a winner for many reasons, one of which being its new 6.6-liter Turbo-Diesel V8 engine.

 Chevrolet Equinox

 When it comes to compact SUVs, the Equinox was chosen for its comfortable seating, its customization options, its advanced technology, and it’s long list of security features.

 Chevrolet Tahoe

 Chevy’s large SUV scored high above its competitors, thanks to things like powerful and efficient engines.

 Chevrolet Spark

 This compact car fits into the city car segment, winning the J.D. Power award thanks to its peppy handling, its efficiency and a versatile interior.

 

Spring Clean Your Car to Get Rid of Winter

Now that spring is officially here, it is time to spring clean your car. Spend a sunny afternoon with your car to get rid of all the gunk and grime that has built up over the past few months. Follow these simple steps and your car will be in prime condition, ready for spring.

Spring Clean Your Car

  1. Clean your car. Take out all the trash and junk and wipe down all the hard surfaces in your car. Next clean any stains on the upholstery or carpet and, finally, vacuum from top to bottom.
  2. Wash your car. You want to wash away all the salty build-up on your car. Don’t forget the undercarriage, which likely is the worst part.
  3. Get new wiper blades. Your wiper blades don’t last forever and industry experts recommend replacing them every 6-12 months. If yours are stuttering, leaving streaks, or have cracks, it is time to get a new set. Check your rear wiper, too, if you have once.
  4. Inspect your tires. Look for any cracks or signs of extreme wear. Make sure your tread depth is adequate and check your tire pressure.
  5. Check your fluids. Check your fluid levels and top off, if necessary. Check the washer fluid, oil, transmission fluid, and brake fluid.

If you need help getting your car ready for spring, schedule a service appointment at Teague Chevrolet today.

When to Perform Regular Vehicle Maintenance, By the Mile

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With so many aspects to take care of and so many numbers to keep in mind, vehicle maintenance can be challenging. How many miles should you drive before you get an oil change? Before you change your transmission fluid? What about before you change your spark plugs.

If you’re confused, you can use this easy schedule of regular vehicle maintenance to guide you:

  • Every 5,000 Miles – The cautious driver should get an oil change every 5,000 miles or so, though some argue that you can wait a bit longer in between changes. Check your vehicle manual to know for sure on your model.
  • Every 15,000 Miles – At this point, it’s time for a serious check-up, including an air filter change, tire rotation, and an inspection of your brakes and engine.
  • 30,000 Miles – Now it’s time to change your transmission fluid and fuel filter, in addition to the regular 15,000-mile maintenance.
  • 60,000 Miles – For this mark, you’ll want to take care of all the other milestones previously mentioned and change out any belts or hoses that have seen better days. You may want to change your spark plugs too, depending.

For more information on regular vehicle maintenance, or to make an appointment with our service center, give us a call or pay us a visit any time, here at Teague Chevrolet.

The Army Reportedly Tests the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 Super-Truck

What do you do with a truck that has won the esteemed Motor Trend Truck of the Year award two years in a row? Easy. You turn it into a superpowered hydrogen-fuel-cell truck capable of unforetold awesomeness. And you call it the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2.

 

Wrought by combining the vision and prowess of General Motors and the US Army, the ZH2 is considered a tactical vehicle. That means it has been enhanced in any number of ways to ensure it is combat-ready. For instance, the truck needs to be as quiet as a church mouse. Also, the ZH2 must be outfitted with heat shields to help it go undetected by enemy radar.

 

The project vehicle features what’s known as an Exportable Power Take-Off unit, something that could be quite valuable on the battlefield. It’s essentially a generator, capable of bringing power to remote locations.

 

The project is still under construction but word around the campfire is that the design team ran some demos that entailed “turning the ZH2 on, charging the batteries, filling it with hydrogen fuel and driving it around the Milford Proving Grounds.” Hey, you’ve got to start somewhere! Maybe the next step is putting the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 in a Hollywood blockbuster starring The Rock.