Cooking up your favorite BBQ platter and entertaining friends and family for a small informal get together is something that most of you do. There is something magical and warm about hosting BBQ dinners. But, the next day, when you get down to cleaning your BBQ, it seems quite stressful. Here, we will reveal some easy tips to clean a BBQ grill, so that you don’t have to think twice about hosting BBQ parties.
Why Should you Regularly Clean your BBQ Grill?
- Grilling produces carbon deposits on every surface of your BBQ, including the hood, grates, interior of the firebox and the flavorizing bars and burner tubes.
- These deposits not only look ugly, but the sugary sauces and grease sticks to the carbon deposits and harbor bacteria.
- Furthermore, excessive carbon buildup may cause the grill to heat unevenly and not reach the full operational temperature. This may result in not-so-great grilled foods and the gas-burner tubes can also prematurely fail.
To make cleaning your BBQ grill easier, it is better to follow some simple cleaning instructions right from the beginning.
- Use a wire brush to scrub the grates everytime after cooking and ensure that you have removed all the loose wire-brush bristles before firing up your grill.
- It is ideal to clean the grates every two months or weekly once, if you use it frequently.
Here is how to clean a BBQ grill. You can use the same equipment and procedure to clean a gas or a charcoal grill.
Grill Cleaning Equipment:
- Long-handled wire brush
- Wire-Bottle Brush
- Five-Gallon Bucket
- Elbow Grease.
- Grease-Cutting Dish Soap
- Warm Water
- White Vinegar and Baking Soda Paste
- Stainless Steel Cleaner if your grill has an exterior surface made of stainless steel.
- Long-Cuffed Rubber Gloves
- Disposable Scouring Sponges
- Cotton Rags
- Start by firing up the grill. Close the hood and let it heat up to its full temperature.
- Wait for 30 minutes before it singes any stuck-on food.
- Next, dip the wire brush into the bucket of warm soapy water and scrub off all the grease and carbon build-up from the grates.
- Next, turn off the gas and remove the propane tank. Allow the grill to cool.
- For charcoal grills, just dump the charcoal briquettes into a metal container and scrape away all the charcoal dust with a putty knife.
- After the grill has cooled down, remove the grates and the bars and submerge them into a bucket of soapy water. Soak them for 30 minutes.
- Remove whatever parts you can from the grill such as the burner knobs, warming racks and grease trays. Once you remove all the parts, cleaning gets easier.
- Also, clean the firebox with a putty knife to remove all the build-up.
- Next, use a wet or dry vacuum cleaner to suck-up any remaining loose debris.
- Once the firebox is clean, wash it with a garden hose.
- Scrub the grates and panels soaked in the bucket, with the wire brush.
- Use the paste of vinegar and baking soda to remove stubborn stains.
- Rinse all the surfaces and let dry completely to prevent rusting.
- Empty the bucket of water and refill it with clean water.
- Now again scrub the inside of the grill using a kitchen sponge.
- Use a microfiber towel to wipe down all the surfaces.
Some Additional Tips:
- Remember that a stainless steel cleaner should not be used to remove heavy-buildup or baked-on debris. Just spray the cleaner and wait for a few minutes, to wipe off with a clean and dry cloth.
- You can also use undiluted white vinegar as it is effective for cleaning steel surfaces.
- Also, remember to check for porcelain paint chips. If you find any, touch up with a porcelain paint.
- Reassemble all the parts only when the grill is dry.
- Rub cast-iron grill grates with a coating of vegetable oil.
- Check the burner tubes as these are places where reptiles, insects may lay eggs. Disconnect the propane tank and clean the burner tubes as well.
If you follow these intense cleaning procedures once a month, you will be able to maintain the health and hygiene of your BBQ grill for long time.
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