How often do you clean your grill? What is the best way to clean grill grates? There are those who believe it’s not necessary, and that the heat will “kill of any germs”. Not true! All those old fats and marinades will eventually go sour, making your meat taste ‘off’. Cleaning the grill is pretty simple, just choose the way that’s best suited to you.
Best Way To Clean Grill Grates – The Most Common Methods
The lazy man’s approach to this task is to burn the grill clean. The idea is to expose the grill to high temperatures; approximately 550 degrees Fahrenheit. One idea is to put the grill into a self-cleaning oven; another is put aluminum foil on top of the grate, close the lid, light the grate and leave it to burn off for about ten to fifteen minutes. Now all that remains is to brush off the white powdery deposit was once greasy build-up! Easy, right?
Perhaps the most obvious method is to brush the grill grates, but this has to be done before the grill cools down after use. While it’s still warm, brush off the top, bottom, and sides, scraping off all build-up. A bit of water on the brush will create steam, which will help loosen fatty deposits. A good suggestion, to prevent insects from hanging around your grill, is to wipe it down after cleaning, with a cloth or paper towel, removing any excess residue.
If you lean towards the OCD method, and you really want to get your grill looking new again, try the soaking method. Fill a bucket with hot water; add dish soap and a bit of baking soda. Leave your grill to soak in the mixture for about an hour. Then remove, scrub and rinse. The soaking will have softened the build-up, making it easier to scrub off.
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a DIY fundi, then you can try making your own scrubber, by using a block of hardwood to scrub the grates after you’re done the grilling. Over time, the heat of the grill will burn perfect grooves into your scrubber, making it more efficient. You could also try some wadded up aluminum foil to scrub the grates.
If you’re more the gadget geek type, then you’re in luck. There are lots of grill brushes, scrubbers, and scrapers available.
Let’s start with the good the old-fashioned grill brush. Be sure to do your research before you buy, as some of these brushes tend to shed their bristles after a couple of uses. One of those bristles could end up lodged in your steak and cause injury if ingested. Or, better still, you could try the brush with scrubbers, which eliminates the worry over bristles getting stuck in your hamburger.
Next up is the grill scrapers which are handy tools with a U-shaped tip to fit over the bars of your grate. These tend to take longer than brushing, but they do tend to clean more efficiently.
If you really want to go high tech, you could try a grill steamer. With a 135 degree jet of steam, it is hot enough to break down the grease that’s caked on your grills, grates, and pans. This method is similar to soaking and it offers a really thorough clean.
There are plenty of grill gadgets out there to help you, so there really is no excuse for your grill grates to be grimy!
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