Cleaning Your BBQ Grill

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

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When the weather’s warm, you probably spend more time cooking outside than inside. Lots of grilled dinners equal lots of happy and full stomachs. Lots of grilling means that you need to perform some maintenance on that grill of yours, specifically, cleaning. LeafGuard here to help break it down for you. Cleaning your grill is necessary, but it doesn’t have to be difficult.

Why is it important to clean my grill?

Alright, so maybe you’re wondering why your grill needs to be cleaned. It gets hot enough to kill germs, right? Hmmmm, maybe. There are a few important reasons why this is a must-do.

Extends the life of your grill

First and foremost, cleaning your grill keeps it running right. Perfectly grilled dinners are a source of pride for many grillmasters, and the last thing you want your grill to do is to start cooking inconsistently. Low temperatures and uneven heat can be expected if you haven’t properly cleaned your grill.

Makes cooking easier

In addition to keeping your heat consistent, cleaning makes grilling a bit easier. If you don’t clean your grill, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find chunks of leftover meat stuck to your grill. Not only is that a little gross, but it can make whatever it is you’re grilling stick to the grill grates. Also, grilling a new meat on top of old, stuck on meat is going to contaminate the flavor profile you’re going for.

Keeps you and your family safe

Lastly, a clean grill is a safe grill. if you don’t clean your grill properly, you might be inadvertently serving your family listeria, salmonella, and e. coli. Yuck. Also, did we mention that grease is extremely flammable? Built up grease can lead to one major grease fire.

Cleaning Tips

So now you’re convinced that you need to clean your grill. Here are some tips for getting your grill back into its original glory.

Gas Grills

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  1. The first thing you probably want to do is bust out your grill’s manual. There will be directions for cleaning your specific grill. But, if you can’t find that (seriously, who is able to keep those things?) here are a few tips to help you get the job done. You can also watch a Weber’s gas grill cleaning tutorial here.
  2. Take out the grilling grate and flavorizer grills (see images below).
  3. Get yourself a stainless steel grill brush and get scrubbing. It’s probably a good idea to soak the grates in a bucket of soapy water.
  4. While your grates are soaking, clean out the cook box. Using your grill brush and/or rag, scrub the built up grease and debris into your grills bottom tray.

 Coal Grills

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  1.  Brush, floss and oil the grill grate. Use a wire brush and scrub away any residue on your grill grate. Once you are finished, apply some cooking oil, so it’s ready to go for the next use.
  2. Dispose of charcoal. Most of the time you can simply brush the charcoal ash into the tray underneath the grill bowl. If for whatever reason the ash is not filtering through the bottom air holes, get yourself a scoop and shovel it out.
  3. Clean bowl. Soapy water and a rag should do the trick, but for a deeper clean, grab the oven cleaner and make that bowl shine.
  4. Wash and cover. To finish the job, give the outside of your grill a quick scrub down, reassemble the grate and cover your grill til next time.

Infrared Grills

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It is recommended that you clean your infrared grill at least twice a year.

  1. Like any other grill, you should clean the grilling grate with a bristled grill brush. Again, if you turn up the temperature to high, most food particles will easily brush off.
  2. Brush away any food particles on the cleaning surface.
  3. Use a gentle, non abrasive chemical cleaner to clean any tough to clean deposits on the heating surface.

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