Although it's a tedious task, it's important to take the time to clean your grill. After all, you regularly clean your stove top, right? So why wouldn't you clean the grill?! It can lengthen its life and reduce the chance of flair-ups. Always make sure the grill is cool before you start to clean it. Here's what you should do:
- 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?