We know it's only February, but before you know it, the sun will be shining a little brighter and it will be time for grilling season once more! The fact of the matter is, a clean grill prevents a buildup of bacteria and just all-around works better. So, why not learn how to properly clean your BBQ grill before you invite your friends and family over for some well-deserved burgers and hotdogs? Nobody likes their cookout with a side of bacteria, right?
Contrary to popular belief, cleaning a BBQ grill doesn't have to be an all-day affair. Logistically, if you follow the exact procedure below, you can get the grill up and running (and perfectly clean) in less than two hours. You may be thinking, "Two hours?! WTF. I don't have time for that." We get it, but seriously, think about all the delicious barbecued meats you'll be eating as a result. Let the meat be your motivator, guys. Yes, we realize how dirty that sounded. No, we don't care.
A couple of ground rules before we jump in. For starters, and this may seem obvious, this should be done outside in dry weather. No need to contest with the elements when cleaning your grill. Secondly, BBQ grills are not one-size fits all. If you notice that any of the directions below are not applicable to your grill, not a problem. Skip 'em.
How To Clean A BBQ Grill
Begin by using a handled wire brush, soapy water, and some serious elbow grease. It's better to avoid using toxic cleaning formulas. Just go ahead and mix dish cleaner and water in a bucket. In addition to the soap and water, you're going to want to grab some disposable rags, sponges, and gloves. If you're looking to get a little fancy, a stainless steel cleaner is optional.
After the initial clean, remove the grates and let them both soak for about 15 minutes each.
While the grates are soaking, use a vacuum to clear out any fallout — food particles, debris, etc. that may be at the bottom of your grill.
When the grates are done soaking, scrub, scrub, scrub and scrub some more. This will remove all the really stubborn stuff that's left behind. It may seem daunting, but consider your arm workout for the day.
Now for the outside — take that soapy water and gently clean the outside of the grill. As a #ProTip go ahead and remove any knobs, badges, and buttons.
If you decided to use that stainless steel clean as the final touch, spray it on, leave it for a couple of minutes, and then clean it with a cloth. As an alternative, Vinegar works too.
That about sums it up, guys. We wish you the very best this grilling season and we hope the meat is the best it's ever been.
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