- If you have a charcoal grill, the first step is to dump out the ashes.
- Scrape the grates with a large grill brush. If you don't have a grill brush, crumple a large sheet of foil into a ball. Place the foil ball in tongs and scrape the grates clean with the foil.
- Remove any burnt food that is stuck between the grates.
- Wipe the top and sides of the grill clean with an all-purpose metal cleaner and paper towels.
- The next time you plan to grill, brush the clean grates with vegetable oil. This should prevent more food from sticking to the grates.
At least once a year, give the grill a thorough clean with soapy, warm water. Take portions of it apart and really make sure that each section is wiped clean. Check the burners; they should not be clogged. When not using the grill, cover it or move it off the deck. How often do you clean your grill?