Like anything in life, the cleanup is usually the hardest and most obnoxious part. But with this awesome “how to” video, we no longer have an aversion to cleaning our grills! This grill maintenance 101 will give you the confidence to clean up after your next BBQ party with ease as well as show you how to prevent issues.
-Give your grill a thorough cleaning once a year. If you cook out year-round, clean your grill in the spring and fall.
-Combine one part distilled white vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle, and then coat the interior of the grill. Close the grill lid and allow to stand for one hour. The solution will break up burnt particles, making them easier to remove with a brush. Wipe clean with a wet cloth.
-Clean the grate with a sponge and mild dishwashing soap, or try an oven or grill cleaner, following manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Note: Use oven cleaner only on the grate because it can damage painted surfaces.
-To remove rust on the exterior, use a fine steel-wool pad to gently rub spots. Spray area with paint made for grills.
Grill maintenance 101:
-To prevent food from sticking, lightly coat the grate with a high-smoking-temperature oil such as peanut oil before turning on the grill. Cooking spray works too.
-Grills clean up best when slightly warm. After cooking, scrub the grate with a wire brush or a ball of heavy-duty aluminum foil held between tongs. Use brass wire brushes on stainless steel grates and stainless steel ones on cast iron.
-When the grill is completely cool, wipe up spills with a damp paper towel. Grease and salt accelerate corrosion.
For charcoal grills, discard ashes after they have completely cooled. For gas grills, regularly clean or change the catch-pan liner.
-Place a water-resistant cover over your grill after every use.
This “how to” courtesy of Southern Living