A few simple steps that will get your grill looking great after a cookout.
Grilling is one of our nations favorite ways to celebrate with friends and family. It also leads to some very delicious foods. But it also means greasy baked on fats, oils and other food material that needs to be cleaned off after the fun is done. Below, we've put together a few different ways to clean your grills that make clean-up as easy as possible.
Use A Wire Brush and Dish Soap
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If you have a gas grill, turn it on and let it heat up for about 15 minutes. This helps to loosen up all the grease and other food remnants stuck to the grills.
Fill a bucket of warm water with about a half cup of dish soap for every gallon of water. We like Dawn because it does a great job of cutting through grease and most households have this readily available in the kitchen.
Turn off the grill.
Dip the brush into the soap and water.
Start scrubbing the grills. The water from the brush will create a steam when it hits the warm grills. This steam also helps to loosen things up.
Once the grills are clean, use a paper towel and cooking oil and coat the grills. This will help reduce the amount of residue that gets stuck to the grills next time.
Remove the heat deflectors above the burners. These can be scrubbed using the grill brush and soap and water mixture as well. Then dry with a towel.
Remove the burners as well. It's good to clean these after every few uses because they can become blocked by spills and debris that leads to weak or uneven burning. Remove any blockages using a stiff wire brush. You can use the large brush that was used to clean the grills or a smaller detail brush to easy handling.
Rinse the burners off. It's good to use a hose to run water through the middle of the burners to ensure all debris is rinsed away.
If your cook box is also dirty, this is a good time to scrub it and under the hood with a brush and warm soapy water. Make sure you remove the propane tank before doing this. Place a bucket under the cook box to catch any water that drains out. Then just rinse with a garden hose and dry with a towel.
Put the grill back together. Use a stainless steal cleaner to wipe down the outside of the grill with a microfiber cloth - if it's stainless steel.
If you have a charcoal grill, you can follow the instructions above for cleaning the grill. You just won't heat it up before hand. To help, we recommend using a grill cleaning spray to help break down the grime first, then scrub away. You can also use a pumice stone like these ones from Amazon.
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