Grilling can be a tasty and fun part of your year-round meal preparation. Depending on how much you use your grill, you should probably complete a maintenance clean of your grill after each use and a deep clean, that includes cleaning grill grates, each season. Here are some easy grill cleaning and grill maintenance tips for gas, charcoal, and stainless steel grills.
- Spot Clean: After each use.
- Crank your grill up to high. Leave on for 15 minutes to burn excess food off the grates.
- Let the grill cool before cleaning grill grates. Then use a long-handled grill brush and other grill cleaning tools to clean off the grates and wipe down the exterior with a wet soapy rag.
- Deep Clean: Once per season.
- Remove the metal sheet burner protectors under the grates and soak them in a bucket soapy water. Dish soap is fine. If you don’t have a bucket, then a good garden hose cleaning will do.
- Wipe grime and gunk from the burners with an ex-partner’s t-shirt, or an old sponge.
- Scrub the inside walls of your grill with steel wool and soapy water.
- Clean Grill Grates: After Each Use
- Remove your food, eat, but leave the grill active so it can cook off grease and debris from the grill grates.
- 15 minutes later or after you’re done eating, scrape off the hot grates with a grill brush.
- Grease The Grates: After Each Use
- Grease the grates after cooking to help prevent rusting, sticking and make future cleaning easier.
- Sprinkle a paper towel with vegetable or olive oil.
- If the grill is still hot, then use BBQ tongs to hold the paper towel.
- Dispose Of Ashes: After Each Use
NERD NOTE: The 36th president of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, was the first US President to host a barbecue at the White House that included Texas-style barbecued ribs on the menu.
Stainless Steel Grills
- Clean Stains:
- Using a stainless steel cleaning spray with stainless steel wipes is effective against light stains.
- Remember to clean with the grain for the best results.
- Remove Smoke Stains:
- Soak a paper towel with Calcium, Lime and Rust Remover, and let it sit on the stained area for at least 5 minutes.
- Wipe the smoke stain with a fresh paper towel and rinse with water.
- Repeat as needed to remove the stain completely.
- Buff Out Scratches:
- Apply stainless steel polish with the grain to remove scratches and discoloration.
Grill Cleaning Tools
Depending on your grill, there are a variety of cleaners and tools that you can use to clean your grill. Here are a few suggestions:
- grill cleaning brush
- grill cleaning stone
- grill cleaning tool
- grill cleaning spray
Cleaning A Grill Is Protecting Your Investment
Cleaning a grill takes a little time but it’s worth it. Grills aren’t cheap. The average grill cost between $300-800. But some can even cost several thousand dollars. Regular grill cleaning and maintenance will help extend your grill’s lifespan and protect your investment. Happy BBQing!