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Cleaning the Grill

Difficulty Level: Easy | Time Required: 15 minutes
A clean grill burns better and doesn’t leave a bad taste on foods.

  • Remove cooking grates and set them in warm soapy water to soak.
  • Fill a small bucket or pan with warm soapy water.
  • If it’s a CHARCOAL GRILL then remove the coal grate and brush out the insides.
  • If it’s a GAS GRILL, remove briquettes, lava rocks or metal flame shield to expose burner.
  • Clean out ash and residue from around burner, careful to make sure the burner is in place when done.
  • Use a stiff wire brush and a little soapy water to gently scrub the inside surfaces of the grill.
  • Remove any particles from grill and reassemble.
  • If gas, brush off briquettes or lava rocks or wash metal flame shield in warm soapy water.
  • Remove cooking grates from water and brush clean with the wire brush.
  • Coat inside surfaces and cooking grates with cooking oil or spray.
  • Put grates back on grill and allow the whole grill to air dry.
  • Allow an extra five minutes of heating time the next time you grill to make sure any cleaning residue has burned off.


  • Keeping grill surfaces lightly coated with cooking oil or spray will make clean up much easier.
  • If the gas jets are clogged, consider replacing the burner or carefully clean them with a soft wire brush.
  • Regular cleaning makes the job much easier.