HOw to Clean your grill
By Alexandria Stephens
A Must for Great Tasting Food
A dirty grill can produce smoke that can alter the taste of your food. Not only do clean grills perform better and last longer, but they can also improve the taste of your food. Whether you own a top of the line grill or a cheaper model, cleaning your grill before summer should be at the top of your priority list. See our simple steps below for how you can give your grill the TLC it deserves.
What You'll Need:
Stainless Steel Cleaner
The first step in cleaning the interior of your grill is to turn off the gas supply. You don't want anything turning on accidentally and causing a terrible burn. If you are cleaning a charcoal grill, just skip this step.
Fill your bucket with warm water and add a few tablespoons of your soap. The general rule is to use one teaspoon of dish soap per quart of water. Remove your grates and place them in your bucket. Get ready to use your elbow grease! Start scrubbing away and removing all the build-up you can with your wire brush. Don't forget to clean both sides of the grates!
Remove metal plates covering your burners and get scrubbing. Use either a sponge dipped in your soapy water or a wire brush.
Now for the burners themselves. Gently wipe off with a cloth or a sponge, then check the burner holes for any clogs. To do this, you can purchase a cleaning kit like this or use a toothpick.
Clean the bottom of next. If there is a lot of debris, consider using a shop vac to clean up the loose bits before you start cleaning. After that, wipe with soapy water and your sponge. After this, give the underside of your grill hood a good clean to remove any leftover food build up.
At this point, you can reassemble all the parts of the grill that were removed in the previous steps.
Finally, you can clean the outside of your grill. I like giving the outside a good spray down of stainless steel cleaner and then I start wiping with a microfiber cloth. It leaves the grill looking nice and shiny - just like new! After this is complete, turn your gas supply back on and fire up the grill for a few minutes. The heat should remove any chemicals that could be left behind. Turn the grill off, and then take a paper towel dipped in vegetable oil and rub down the grates. This will prevent your food from sticking. The grates will be warm though, so use caution! I recommend holding the paper towel with a pair of tongs to prevent injury.