People often worry about why their grills are wearing out and find themselves unsure of what to do. Although grilling is not done on a daily basis, keeping your grill clean should be your priority if you want to be able to grill some delicious recipes for a long time. Recently, several acquaintances asked me for some tips on how to clean a grill. As a barbecue enthusiast at Grills Forever, I use my grills more often than I use my stove, and honestly, cleaning the grill is not that simple. So, here are some simple but effective guidelines on how to care for your barbecue grill.
Grill Cleaning Tips: Before You Begin
Always set up a place to clean your grill beforehand. The cleaning process can make your environment very messy. So just put a piece of paper outside so you can put your grill on it before cleaning.
Choose the Right Grill Brush
Cleaning a grill requires a suitable type of brush. Remember, grills are outdoor appliances and, after each use, collect food and oil. Therefore, it will be necessary to scrape food to clean all types of grill.
Always have a brush made of stainless steel or brass bristles for cleaning your grill. Also, you should replace your grill brush once a year because you will lose bristles with prolonged use. Choose a brush that has a long, sturdy handle with a hole in the end so you can hang it up after use. Buy a brush that comes with a scrub pad, which could scrub the grill and prevent sticking. I would recommend not using motorized grill brushes because they do not save time or energy. Nothing is better than cleaning your grills with your own hands. However, for your cast iron grate, keep a soft sponge. Also, wear gloves for your safety.
How to Clean Cast Iron Grill Grates
Cast iron grills come in handy when it comes to grilling because it heats evenly and allows the heat to it will be held for an extended period of time. Also, cast iron grills are very durable and sturdy, but it only has one problem. Cast iron grills can easily rust on contact with water. Follow these 6 simple steps to clean the grill made of cast iron.
- Prepare to clean grill immediately after use. Let the grill rack cool slightly, but still a little warm.
- Now use the grill brush to scrape away food and dirt. Create a 4: 1 ratio of apple cider vinegar or baking soda and water and use a spray bottle to spray onto the grates. This will not only clean the grill but will also remove contamination. Use paper towels to wipe the solution off the racks. Repeat this process until most of the food and oil have been removed.
- Earlier I mentioned keeping a soft sponge. Use a mild soap to moisten the sponge and wash the screen with this sponge to remove any remaining grease. Note that this must be done quickly, as prolonged exposure to water can deteriorate cast iron material. Rinse the soap off with warm water, and then use a clean cloth to dry it completely.
- Use a cloth or paper towel to cover the grill with vegetable oil. To make sure oil covers every part of the grill grate, wrap them in aluminum foil.
- Now keep the grates covered with aluminum foil on the grill and put them on a high temperature. Close the lid and wait 10 minutes.
- Your grill is now ready for immediate reuse. If you are storing it, be sure to store it in a dry place.
How to clean the stainless steel grill grates?
Stainless steel grids are very durable, easy to use and almost maintenance free! Also, don't get the impression that the grill grates can be made to look like new. That doesn't happen because grills often develop patina. Patina is caused by discoloration from heat. No amount of grill cleaning can eliminate that.
- Clean the stainless steel grill grate immediately after use. This saves you the trouble of cleaning up the day of your next barbecue event. Make sure it's still a little warm. If not, preheat it.
- Use a stainless steel bristle brush to scrape away stubborn food and oil particles while the grill is still hot.
- Season the grill with cooking oil to make it shine and also
How to clean porcelain or porcelain-coated grills
Porcelain grates don't rust like stainless steel or cast iron and allow for even heat distribution, therefore food is evenly grilled. Cleaning porcelain grills is also very simple.
- For these grills, instead of using strong stainless steel or brass bristles, use a soft nylon brush or a medium toothbrush. Using brushes with stiff bristles would damage the porcelain. Also, use a scouring pad.
- Clean the grill after heating it for a while. Wear gloves. Heating would cause excess food and oils to melt and that would make brushing and scrubbing much easier. Once it has cooled down a bit, then move on to brushing and scrubbing.
- Now season with oil and your grill will be ready for your next barbecue party.
- Note: If you don't have a nylon brush, make an aluminum foil ball and use it to clean the grills. To remove tough fat, you can create a paste of baking soda and water (½ cup of baking soda to ¼ cup of water) and grill. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then clean it with the grill brush. Be sure to clean it completely.
How to Clean the Parts of a Gas Grill
If you own a gas grill and have already finished cleaning the grill grates, don't forget to clean the grill on yes. Since you turn the grill on for the purpose of heating the grills for cleaning, be sure to turn it off once you're done. Make sure there are no propane leaks while cleaning the gas grill.
- Remove the burner guards and place them in a bucket full of soapy water to remove food and oil dripping from the grill grates above.
- When If you use a drip tray, always cover it with aluminum foil, so that later, cleaning is much easier. Remove the drip tray and discard the charred loose material and brush off the dust.
- The plates under the drip tray can also collect dirt, so if you can reach it, use a brush and scrub to remove the dirt there.  Spray all of these parts with a grill cleaner, but you can also use baking soda or vinegar to clean up excess fat. Don't forget to clean the burners. Spray a little grill cleaner on the burners and use a paper towel to clean.
- Finally, scrub all of these parts with soapy water and then use a water hose to remove the soapy water. Allow the gas grill to dry.
- Remember to keep the grills oily. Put all the pieces back inside the grill and cover the gas grill with a grill cover.
How to clean a charcoal grill?
So you've been roasting and cooking charred smoked food but you have no idea how to clean it. Smoking can make the charcoal grill incredibly dirty, so it's best to follow these steps to keep your grill clean.
- Disassemble the charcoal grill and unscrew the kettle. Don't be lazy about it!
- Spray a little oven cleaner (containing sodium hydroxide) on the kettle and racks and keep them in black garbage bags. This will give the oven cleaner time to get dirty and dirty.
- Wear rubber or latex gloves to protect your hands. After a while, remove the kettle from the trash bag and start scrubbing with a glitter pad. Rinse the kettle with water from the hose and rub more if necessary. Rub the outside of the kettle with the glitter pad, but don't use oven cleaner for the outside.
- You can also do the same process for the grill grates.
- Reassemble the charcoal grill and allow it to dry for approximately 6 -8 hours in the sun. Turn it on over high heat and close the lid before next use to make sure there are no oven cleaner or water remaining.
Try cleaning the grill grates twice a year. If your grill is extremely dirty and using household materials to clean it just doesn't help, you can buy professional grill cleaners that come in spray bottles. This will help you clean the grill immeasurably.
For porcelain grills, make sure the cleaner you buy is safe for this type. Since you turn the grill on for the purpose of heating the grills for cleaning, be sure to turn it off once you're done. You are now ready to use your grill for your next amazing barbecue party.