How To Clean Grill
If you use a gas or charcoal grill, you'll soon realize how important it is to know how to clean a grill. You only need to clean your grill thoroughly twice a month, but cleaning your grill after each time you use it will make the cleaning process go much more smoothly. If you follow these tips, your barbecue grill will be spotless in no time.
To clean a grill, you will need:
- Grill brush
- Paper towel
- Soapy water
- Baking soda
- Light the coals or the gas burners and warm up the grill for about five minutes. The heat will loosen any residue on the grill, making it easier to clean. If you're using a gas grill, it may have a knob marked "clean" somewhere on the grill; this setting preheats the grill to make it easy to clean.
- Scrub the grill using a grill brush with stiff wire bristles. If you have trouble removing any residue from the grill with just a brush, clean it with a scraper.
- Rub the grill with a light coating of oil using a paper towel dipped in oil and held with tongs. The oil will help prevent food from sticking, making it easier to clean the grill later on.
- Remove the ashes from a charcoal grill after you're done cooking and dispose of them. If you leave charcoal ashes in your grill and they get wet, the mixture will cement itself onto your grill and become almost impossible to clean.
- Wash the grill with a rag and soapy water after it has cooled. If you're using a gas grill, remove the lava rocks and metal plates and clean them with soapy water as well. Let the pieces dry on newspaper.
- Clean the body of your grill with baking soda or another mild abrasive.
- Cleaning your grill after you use it--while it's still hot--will make it easier to remove the residue. If you leave the gunk on the grill until you cook again, it may help protect your grill grate while you're not using it. Just make sure you clean it before you cook again.