SAVE $1.00 NOW
recipes recipes

The Dos and Don'ts of Cleaning Your Grill

The Dos and Don'ts of Cleaning Your Grill Your outdoor cooker requires just as much TLC as your indoor pots and pans. A grilling surface covered in rust, crud and layers of grease won’t do justice to that perfect piece of meat you so carefully picked out. So before you plan your next cookout, read up on the dos and don’ts of cleaning your grill.

Once or twice a year (depending on usage)…

DO give the inside a thorough cleaning.
Use a grill cleaner to remove build-up that has accumulated over time, and be sure to rinse the surface area clean. Your garden hose is the perfect tool to give it a good wash.

DON’T use your grill if there is significant rust build-up on your grates.
Sand down small rust areas and touch up with high heat paint. If the rust has eaten completely through, discard the grill and go shopping.

DO inspect your equipment.
If you’re using a gas grill, make sure the propane tank is not inflated, the hoses are not cracked or frayed and burner tubes are clean. For charcoal grills, clean vents, wheels and trays with a lubricant spray to ensure they’re in good working condition.

DON’T try removing or replacing parts without checking for instructions.
Your grill or smoker may have special cleaning instructions listed in the user manual. Different brands use different materials and designs for their products, so it’s always smart to double check your cleaning supplies and accessories are compatible with your cooker.

After each use…

DO scrub your grates after use.
It’s not necessary to do this every time you grill out, but cleaning the grates and hood consistently helps extend their life. Pro Tip: Scraping grates while they are still warm makes the work easier and less time consuming.

DON’T let grease build up.
Grease and gunk-covered grill grates don’t add flavor to your meat. If anything, overheated grease can vaporize and taint the meat’s natural flavors. Always check the drip tray after each use to make sure there isn’t too much grease build up.

DO replace your cleaning supplies.
Some brushes lose bristles with the wear and tear of extended use. Bristles can get lodged in food and cause serious injury and discomfort. The easiest way to avoid this is by only using durable cleaning supplies. You should check for lost bristles by going over your grates with a rag after cleaning and before cooking.

DON’T leave a grill burning overnight.
Charcoal cookers can burn for long periods of time with the lid closed to eliminate food residue on the grates. Only let it burn long enough for the residue to turn to ash. If you use a gas grill, make sure to remember to turn it off before you serve the meal to avoid wasting propane or causing unwanted flames.

For more in depth care and cleaning tips:

Cleaning the Grill by Moore’s Marinades