When it comes to grilling, nothing beats a clean grill! Whether you’re cooking hamburgers, hot dogs, or your own creations, a clean surface ensures that your food will cook evenly and taste great. Fortunately, cleaning the grill isn’t a difficult process and should be done regularly.
First things first, you need to gather up the proper supplies. Most of the time you can get away with just a grill brush and some soapy water, but if your grill is really dirty you may need to use a commercial cleaner or degreaser. Once you have the supplies, it’s time to start cleaning. Put on a pair of heat–resistant oven mitts and start prepping your grill for cleaning.
Start by removing the grates and any other removable components from your grill. If you have a gas grill, start with the flame guards. For charcoal grills, this will be the charcoal grate and ash catcher. For both types of grills, you’ll need to scrape off any stuck on debris from the surfaces. A stiff metal brush should do the trick and make sure you’re wearing your mitts!
Once the grates and components are removed, you can clean the interior of the grill. Again, wear your mitts! Spray or apply a cleaner or degreaser. You may need to let it sit for a few minutes to help loosen up any stuck on debris. Once you’ve done that, grab a brush or scrubby pad and start scrubbing away. Make sure you get into the corners and crevices to remove any leftover residue.
Once you’re done scrubbing, turn on the grill and let it heat up for about five minutes. This will help burn off any lingering grease or dirt. Then, turn off the heat and let the grill cool down. Reassemble the grates and other components and you’re done!
Grilling is part of summer fun, and a clean grill ensures that your food will turn out perfectly every time. Make sure to clean your grill regularly and you’ll have delicious grilled food all season long.