How to Clean a Grill
From your Barbecues & Grilling Guide
A clean grill burns better and doesn't leave a bad taste on foods.
- Remove cooking grates and set them in warm soapy water to soak.
- Fill a small bucket or pan with warm soapy water.
- If it's a charcoal grill then remove the coal grate and brush out the insides.
- If it's a gas grill, remove briquettes, lava rocks or metal flame shield to expose burner.
- Clean out ash and residue from around burner, careful to make sure the burner is in place when you are done.
- Use a stiff wire brush and a little soapy water to gently scrub the inside surfaces of the grill.
- Remove any particles from grill and reassemble.
- If gas, brush off briquettes or lava rocks or wash metal flame shield in warm soapy water.
- Remove cooking grates from water and brush clean with the wire brush.
- Coat inside surfaces and cooking grates with cooking oil or spray.
- Put grates back on grill
- Allow the whole grill to air dry.
- Allow an extra five minutes of heating time the next time you grill to make sure any cleaning residue has burner off.
- Keeping grill surfaces lightly coated with cooking oil or spray will make clean up much easier.
- If the gas jets are clogged, consider replacing the burner or carefully clean them with a soft wire brush.
- Regular cleaning makes the job much easier.
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