Do you know how to clean a grill?

If you’re reading this blog is because you love grilling as much as we do. Whether you like grilling out with your family or a large gathering of friends, we hope that our 100% grass-fed, organic, pasture-raised meat has met your expectations this Summer season. However, do you enjoy the cleaning part too? Probably not, and that’s OK! We’re here to help you to make the grill cleaning process less tedious.

Why clean your grill is important?

When grilling, the grease and sugary sauces often get stuck into the grill harboring bacteria. Besides all those grilled burgers and steaks produce carbon deposits causing the grill to heat unevenly. By keeping your grill clean, your food will taste better, and your grill will perform at its best, not to mention extend the life of your grill parts. Plus, we want you to continue grilling for years, so we want to make sure you have a good and clean grill ready to use in your backyard any time.

How do I clean my grill?

Just follow these basic cleaning steps. These instructions are aimed for gas grills. However, it can be used for charcoal grills too. It just has fewer parts to clean.

Step 1: Preheat Grill

Start preheating your grill for 15 minutes on high heat. This will loosen any leftover foods and grease, and make it easier to remove.

Step 2: Turn Gas Off

Then, turn the gas off using the valve in the propane tank or gas line.

Step 3: Clean Grates

Clean the grates using a stiff long wire brush dipped in water. Cleaning the grate with a wet brush gives you the added benefit of creating steam in the process of cleaning. Adding some dish soap to the water can help to dissolve grease. Another option is to use a specially formulated grill cleaner. It will leave a clinging foam, which will quickly penetrate baked-on grease, food, and carbon deposits. When you’re done and the grate is cooled wipe the grape with a damp cloth to remove any residue or bristles. The grates should be cleaned while still warm after each grill use to remove stuck-on food.

Step 4: Coat Grates

Once clean, lightly coat the grates with a spray cooking oil or vegetable oil poured onto a folded paper towel. This will reduce the amount of stuck-on food the next time you cook out.

Step 5: Clean Deflectors

Then, remove the heat deflectors located over the burners. The heat deflectors can be cleaned with dish soap and water and dried with a towel. This will reduce future flare-ups.

Step 6: Clean Burners

Remove the burners themselves. Over time, rush, food, and debris can cause a blockage to some of the burners’ gas ports causing weak and uneven burning. Remove any blockages using a stiff long wire brush. Clean the burner valve with soapy water and be sure to run water through the inside of the valve to remove any debris.

Step 7: Clean Cook Box

While the cook box is empty, clean it using a brush and warm soapy water then move on the underside of the lid. It’s best to remove the propane tank below and place a bucket under the cook box to catch the dirty water. Then just rinse with a garden hose.

Step 8: Reinstall Parts

Towel dry the burners and reinstall them.

Step 9: Clean Exterior

When washing the outside of a stainless steel grill, use a specifically formulated stainless steel cleaner. Use a microfiber cloth and clean the outside of the grill with the grain of the stainless steel for best results. Ceramic, porcelain and painted steel surfaces can be cleaned using soap and water. Last, cover your grill between uses will help keep it clean and extend its life. If you’re storing the grill outdoors, you can keep the propane attached. If storing indoors, always remove the propane tank, and keep it outside away from direct sunlight.

That’s it. Follow these directions and you will have a perfectly clean grill ready for your next cookout.

As a grill cleaner, we recommend the Carbona 2-In 1 Oven Rack & Grill Cleaner or the Easy-Off BBQ Grill Cleaner. Both are equally effective. However, a good bottle of dish soap works perfectly too.

Ready? All hands on deck and get your grill clean.

Once your grill is clean, you can start grilling again! In a mood of some Cowboy Steak with Chimichurri, check out this recipe here or if you are craving other meats, just check our Grill Boutique here and get some juicy meats.