The sun shines, the birds sing, and the weather whispers that it's time for a picnic or at least a small party in the backyard. You call your friends, plan your break and start packing things up. Take out your dusty charcoal grill, realize you forgot to wash it well the last time, and start looking for effective ways to clean it. Attempts to clean up all the soot and grease often end in failure, but you need that grilled meat! Therefore, we will discover how to put everything in order.
It is like a vicious circle, the more often you clean your grill, the easier it will be. The food becomes even more delicious, and the clean rack leaves beautiful grill marks on the meat. While food remains trapped on the grill or on the walls, it spoils, smells, and can cause serious health problems (soot contains cancer-causing toxins).
According to the BobsR website, your charcoal grills can be cleaned with various household chemicals or traditional remedies. Here are some tips to remember immediately.
- Soft drinks, vinegar and soap are used to remove grease and soot. You can put a grill or rotisserie on the growing grass at night so the dew can clean up the dew.
- After removing the grill from the bottom of your grill, clean the grill (and lid) with a mild dish soap and a regular long-handled brush.
- You can clean the outside (like the outside of the lid) and cook a box with soap and water or a special grill spray. Wipe dry and cover your grill until next time to help prevent rust.
- Use a moisture / heat resistant grill cover between kitchens to preserve their appearance.
- Be very careful when using metal brushes to clean your charcoal grill. I once heard of a woman who swallowed some metal wires from such a brush. And despite several surgeries, a small wire remained in his throat. So pay attention. If it's an old, unreliable, rusty brush, you'll forget to check the grill after cleaning, and even a few metal shavings are enough to spoil the food you'll be eating. It goes without saying that swallowed cables can cause serious consequences.
- Use a sturdy metal scraper, paint scraper, or spatula to remove soot from the grill.
- There are convenient and specialized tools for cleaning grills, eg. Eg CharGon stainless steel. Tools like this can make it a little more difficult to work around the edges of the grill, but you won't have to worry about randomly swallowed wire and other random debris.
To get rid of grilled food scraps, a good scraper will be your best friend. Try using it as soon as you remove the food from the grill, where the temperature will help you clean it. The remains of ashes and food can simply be swept from the interior. If you use birch coals, fuel briquettes, charcoal, there will be little or no residue left, birch charcoal is also less toxic than artificial analogues. Charcoal is also easier to remove before the grill cools down. Don't forget to get rid of all ash residue, as too much can clog the vents at the bottom of your grill and cause trouble controlling the temperature during the cooking process.
If you still have trouble cleaning the grill After scraping off the leftovers, remove the grill and soak it in hot soapy water. This solution will help remove food residues that cannot be cleaned in other ways. This method is also suitable for the bottom of the grill, which is difficult to achieve while the grill is still in place.
After cleaning the grill, apply vegetable oil with paper towels or a rag, so that next time you grill the food, it will not stick to the grill. This will also help prevent rust formation.
Another tip that will help you limit yourself to natural products while cleaning the grill is the 1 x 1 solution of vinegar and water. Many people actively use a combination of vinegar and water to clean different things in their homes, and you can use it to clean the grill. All you have to do is spray the mixture on the grill and leave it for a few minutes, then remove the leftover food from the grill.
You can also use an aluminum foil ball (hold it with long-handled tongs) soaked in vinegar to clean the grill.
Put all the skewers (if any) and the rack in the most common polythene bag and pour a mixture of a glass of vinegar and the same amount of soda. Once everything is ready, tie the bag tightly and leave it for a couple of hours, preferably overnight. In the morning, simply wipe clean with a damp sponge.
This drink is used not only to quench thirst (which, incidentally, is absolutely useless in this way) but also to clean various surfaces, eg. Eg the soot from burnt pans and even removing lime deposits from shower heads. It is also perfect for removing rust and dirt.
Place dirty grill accessories in a large plastic container or bag. Shake the coca cola well, pour it into a container and leave it for 12-15 minutes. After that, check to see if the dirt can be cleaned, and if not, leave it for a few more minutes. Then clean it with a dish brush and rinse it with water.
Put all accessories in a large, dense bag and fill the ammonia (a few bottles will suffice). Before tying the cellophane, remove all air. Shake lightly to cover entire surface and leave overnight. Wash the grill thoroughly in the morning.
A good cleaning method is to boil the soap solution.
Pour water into a large saucepan and add finely chopped soap (you can also grate it). Then put the pot on the fire and let the water boil. As soon as you can, bubbles appear, place the grid or skewers on it. Now all you have to do is wait about half an hour.
After a while, turn off the heat and let the water cool down a bit. Then take out the utensils and rinse well with warm water, wipe with a dry towel and enjoy the result.
This cleaning method will remove any onion, meat or fat residue very well.
The first What you should do is light the fire and put your grill on it. All food scraps will turn into corners and fall off on their own, brush off leftovers with a brush or piece of aluminum foil.
Those who often use a barbecue grill know that it is best to clean it immediately. If you leave it, all the fat will dry up and it will be very difficult to clean it.
Once the meat is removed, simply put the grill back on the fire. You can throw a little firewood to make the fire light again. Hold for a few minutes on each side and clean it with a good quality grill brush.
If you don't have a special brush, you can use a regular dish brush.
Everyone has fun, sings songs and enjoys delicious meats. But the grill is waiting to be cleaned, and nobody seems to mind that at the moment.
So you don't have to go the extra mile to clean it in the morning, just put all the appliances on the lawn after cooking. At night, the dew will appear, and the grease will soak easily, and you just need to fluff up the grid and skewers.
Those with dishwashers are lucky. Just load the rack and turn on the machine, if of course the device fits there.
At the end of the cycle, the grill will wash off blackness and greasy residue. The shine can be achieved with a regular towel.
In most cases, it is possible to clean the surface without leaving the possibility of grease. But if the kebab accessories remain dormant for a long time, they start to rust and darken. In such cases, professional household chemicals for cleaning surfaces can help. But before using any chemical, read the instructions to use it correctly and avoid any harmful effect for you.
Conventional (Fairy) detergents can clean light dirt or just a small fraction. Better use strong gels or sprays, e.g. Amway, Top House, Magic Power, Dr. Beckmann, Cif or Shumanit. The advantages of such means are efficiency and time saving. However, the cost can be considerable.
After washing with chemicals, the rack should be thoroughly washed in pure water, if you do not want to serve detergent flavored meat to your friends or family and cause intestinal problems.
Oven Cleaners  If you want to clean the grill or grate carefully, use oven cleaners. Apply them to all corners of the bottom of the grill. It can be quite challenging, but the reward is worth it. Make sure you have your goggles or. Lay the rack on a piece of cardboard, spray some oven cleaner, and rub with a plastic brush. Wash the rack thoroughly before cooking.
There are many ways to clean a dirty charcoal grill, from a simple scrubber to natural cleaners and heavy commercial analogues. The best part of cleaning, of course, is having a good time with friends in nature, not without hot and delicious meat.
The best option is not to forget about your charcoal grill and remove all the coals after each cooking and Clean with special brushes. In this case, you can avoid corrosion for a long time.
Clean the grill with vegetable oil before each use. In this way, the meat will not burn too much and will be easily removed at the end of cooking. You don't have to clean it with much effort.
Regular cleanings will make your charcoal grill live longer.