Dos and Don’ts for Cleaning Your Grill

We clean our houses, we clean our cars and our kids clean their rooms. Don’t forget to clean your barbeque grill. Cleaning your grill can have an impact on the outcome of your food, and nobody wants their food tasting like last week’s dinner! Cleaning your grill can also keep your grill working optimally and even extend its longevity, so…

Let’s start out with the simple stuff. You can keep the exterior of your barbeque grill clean by wiping it after it cools down. If your grill is stainless, stainless steel wipes work great. You also want to keep your drip pan and bottom plate empty and clean.

You don’t want old food accumulating on your grill grates either. So after grilling, leave your barbeque grill on high for a few minutes to burn off anything that may have stuck to your grates. Then brush your grill with a stiff wire grill brush to remove anything that is left. For a deeper cleaning of your grill grates, you can remove them once they are cool and treat them like you would treat the grates in your oven…spray them with cooking spray, let them sit according to the directions and then rinse and wipe them clean.

Burner protectors can get pretty grungy, so make sure you remove them and sponge them off in soapy water fairly regularly. How often you need to do this will depend on how often you actually use your grill. If you are an avid griller, also make certain you clean your burners at least two or three times a season. You’ll want to avoid the chance of damage, so don’t remove them. Just use a soapy sponge to scrub them and rinse with a clean, wet cloth.

If you do those things to keep your barbeque grill clean, you should be on a direct route to “Flavortown”!

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