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Chef Elizabeth Karmel took questions on how to care for your grill

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Elizabeth Karmel, a nationally known chef and authority on barbecue and grilling, answered your questions on how to clean and care for outdoor grills on Thursday. A native of North Carolina, Karmel appears regularly on all three network morning shows and on Food Network programs. She has also been a guest judge on Chopped and Iron Chef. The author of four cookbooks, Karmel founded the two-decade old website Here are some of the questions she answered:

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