Cleaning Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

Easy Tips for Cleaning Your Grill

Grilling season here, and if your grill is still buried in the ashes of last summer’s Buffalo wings, steaks, and burgers, NOW is the time to give it some much-needed attention. Whether you’re using a charcoal or gas grill, these simple clean-up and grill guide is sure to equip you with all the right steps to becoming the ultimate grill-master this season!

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO CLEAN YOUR GRILL

I vaguely remember growing up with the theory of “burning off the old” and not really cleaning the grates.  Yup, I’m old and our grill was well used all year long.  Did you know when you leave remnants of your last meal on the grates, it will char and burn the next time you fire up the BBQ. It seems like a no-brainer, right?  This not only changes the taste but also the quality of your barbecue.  The burnt pieces are also harmful to your health. When you burn those charred bits at high temperatures, a harmful chemical compound is produced which can potentially increase your risk of cancer. So you definitely don’t want to keep the old stuff around!

STEPS TO CLEANING YOUR GRILL

1. GRILL GATE REMOVAL AND CLEANING

Grates must be maintained clean because they are in direct contact with food. Remove the cool grates first, then use a brush to remove any large debris. Next you’ll want to  immerse the grates in hot water and dish soap. Let them soak in a sink or large bucket to make it easier to scrub later. Lastly, clean the grill with a firm grill brush,  rinse and dry!

2. INTERNAL CLEANING OF THE GRILL 

Brush the grates’ interior to remove any gunk gathering at the bottom and around the sides.  If you have a charcoal barbecue, you’ll want to scrape away any large peeling flakes of carbon/grease from the ash catcher and empty it.  To make cleaning easier the next time, wash the drip pan and grease cup in warm soapy water and line with aluminium foil.

3. EXTERNAL CLEANING OF THE GRILL 

Using a sponge or towel soaked in warm soapy water, wipe off the exterior, handles, side trays, and any bottom doors. Thoroughly rinse and dry before firing up the grill.

Brush Safety

If you opt to use a brush with bristles to clean your grill, follow these safety steps:

  • Grill brushes are like toothbrushes. When you see the bristles beginning to flatten or lose their efficacy, it’s time to replace.
  • Apply the “tweezer test”: take a pair of tweezers, randomly select five to 10 bristles and gently pull – if any bristles come off, it’s time to replace.
  • It is not recommend to leave grill brushes exposed to the elements when not in use. The rain, sunlight, humidity, snow, etc., can age them prematurely.
  • Above all, treat your grill brush just as you would any part of your grill and grilling environment: Follow manufacturers’ instructions and continuously inspect before and after using.

GRILL RECIPE TO KICKSTART THE BBQ SEASON

Now you’ve given your grill a total-body-scrubdown, it’s time to get grilling! So, pull out all your favorite gear and get ready to try out a new recipe idea!

Share some of your favorite tips and tricks that help you get through your cleaning routine? Which grill-worthy recipes are you most excited to try this season?
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Let’s Get Ready to Grill

maxresdefaultThe weather is finally starting to feel like spring and the rain may stop soon….so thoughts turn to grilling.  I LOVE to grill and miss it now that we are in the condo.  I can’t wait to be some place where I can have my grill set-up on our porch.

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So be sure to put your grill on the to-do list to keep your family safe this summer.

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1. Make sure your BBQ is on a flat surface, away from sheds, trees or shrubs.  Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors. Keep them away from the house, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Don’t use them in garages.  Keep children, and pets away.  Don’t leave it unattended. Keep a bucket of water or sand nearby just in case of an emergency. Ensure your barbecue is cool before you try to move it.

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2. Clean your BBQ grill each time you use it.  Deep clean it every three months. Check your BBQ’s cleaning instructions before you start using a scouring pad, to ensure that the cleaning equipment you use won’t damage your grill or invalidate your warranty.

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3. A basic BBQ cleaning kit should include: Rubber gloves – to protect your hands. Brush with stainless-steel bristles – to remove baked-on food and carbonized grease. Lint-free cloth to clean, dry and buff surfaces. Warm soapy water and a non-abrasive sponge pad – to remove stains. Mild glass cleaner – to clean painted surfaces Stainless-steel cleaner – to clean polished metal surfaces

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4. Bake off grease deposits. You can do this by leaving your BBQ with the heat and lid on for 15 minutes to bake grease and food deposits into a blackened layer. It is easier to remove than liquid grease.  When the BBQ has cooled down, remove the coals and ash from a charcoal grill or disconnect the gas bottle from a gas grill to start cleaning.

5. Clean your barbecue including the lid and racks using a stainless-steel grill brush.  Wash the racks and the lid with warm soapy water and a non-scratch sponge pad. Clean stains from painted lids with warm soapy water and polish up with a mild glass cleaner and lint-free cloth. Use a mild stainless-steel cleaner on the metal parts of the lid or metal shelves.   Clean the cavity of your BBQ, removing big deposits of food particles or grease and then washing the inside with warm, soapy water and a sponge. Rinse and dry with a lint-free cloth.

Always remember that charcoal grills and campfires remain hot even after the fire has been put out.

Teach children how to stop, drop and roll if an article of clothing ever catches fire. Young children can learn best if you practice the steps with them, rather than just talking about them.

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What is YOUR favorite thing to grill???  Share it with us.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!