How To Clean A Grill A Primer For Charcoal And Gas Burners

How To Clean A Grill A Primer For Charcoal And Gas Burners


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If you cleaned your grill before stashing it away for the winter, bravo for you! When you open the lid for the first time this spring, you’ll be ready to fire it up and go cave man on a delicious hunk of meat. But if you’re like the rest of us, you probably closed the lid on that crusty, greasy grill last fall and now are wondering how to clean a grill for spring.

Although cleaning a grill is a dirty job, it should take no more than 20 minutes, tops, says Jeffrey Rosenfield, senior marketing manager at Char-Broil, one of the oldest grill brands. In fact, you should probably do it more than once a year.

Your grill manual will tell you the best way to clean and maintain that particular model. If the manual is long gone, we’re here to help.

Grate cleaning basics

The good thing about grills is that if you do slack off, contamination isn’t a big concern—high-heat cooking typically kills off any surface bacteria. That said, you should give heat some help by cleaning the charred bits off grates after each use.

Cleaning those charred and gunky grates is pretty much the least fun thing about grilling. One popular cleaning tool can even be dangerous—the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued warnings against using wire grill-cleaning brushes. The bristles can come loose and lodge in your food, causing injuries including perforating your gastrointestinal tract.

For that reason, some outdoor cooks use nylon brushes or stone scrapers to clean grates. If you do use the wire brushes, make sure they’re in good working order and that you thoroughly rinse grates to remove any bristles that may have fallen off.

If scrubbing grates isn’t your idea of a good time, try these hacks:

  • Season before cooking: If you rub a cool grate with cooking oil (try an oil-soaked paper towel held with tongs), food will slide off easily without leaving charred bits behind. “Couldn’t be simpler even if you tried,” says Rosenfield.

  • Let your oven do the work: If you have a self-cleaning oven, pop the grates in and let the high-temperature, self-cleaning function burn off the crud. At the end of the cycle, just wipe the ash off the grates.

  • Pop in the dishwasher: Place grates in the machine, then turn on the strongest cycle your machine offers.

Cleaning a gas grill

Since gas grills have more working parts than charcoal grills, they take a little more work to clean.

Make sure you turn off your gas supply or detach the propane tanks from the grill before taking apart the machine to clean the parts. Brush clean any moving parts, like V-shaped metal bars or ceramic briquettes.

Brush or wipe clean the burner tubes and make sure the gas ports are clean and unclogged. Scrub the grease collection tray, clean the top and bottom of the grill lid, and gather chunks and ash from the bottom of the grill.

Scrub your gas grill’s burner tubes.
Scrub your gas grill’s burner tubes.

Weber Grills

Cleaning a charcoal grill

Charcoal grills are far more simple, with few moving parts to clean.

“What charcoal grills lack in quick fire convenience, they make up for in ease of cleaning,” says Cheryl Reed, a spokesperson for Angie’s List.

After you clean the grates, scrub the rest of the grill with a nylon brush, Reed says. And don’t forget to empty the ash catcher after every couple of grilling sessions so it doesn’t spill onto the patio and make another mess you have to clean up.

Once the inside is clean, close the lid and hose it down. Then slide on the cover so the grill is clean and shiny for your next use.

Clean as you go

If you take five minutes to clean your gas or charcoal grill after each use, you’ll save a lot of time down the road.

While the grates are still hot, scrape off the charred bits. When it cools, cover it so dust and other natural elements don’t require you to clean the grill again before using.

For a more in-depth look at cleaning the burner tubes of your gas grill, watch the video below, courtesy of Weber Grills.


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