How to Properly Clean Grill Grates
Grill cleaning doesn't have to be a daunting or difficult task. Consider it part of your cooking routine. The most convenient time to give those dirty grates a quick scrub is after pulling off your food. While the meat is resting, grab your brush and get to work! A hot grill will always be easier to clean. First, make sure the gas is completely off before starting. Using a brush appropriate for the material of your grates, use firm pressure and sweep the tool back and forth across the grates. Many brush options feature a metal scraper for those extra tough areas.
For stubborn, caked on grime, try covering hot grates with tin foil. After 5-10 minutes, use your brush to scrub again. Once clean, allow the grill to cool slightly. Using protective gloves, rub the grates with a high smoke point oil, such as corn oil, canola oil, peanut oil or sunflower oil. This will create a non-stick finish to prevent future food from adhering.
Aside from a visual appearance, there are many reasons to keep your grill clean:
There are many products on the market to make grill cleaning easy. Let's explore a few of our favorite options.
The Grate Scrape Woody Paddle
The Grate Scrape produces all-natural BBQ cleaning tools that are a great alternative to a metal wire brush. Made from premium hardwood, it is designed to be used for years to come. The Woody Paddle is completely safe for every grill with custom fit-grooves. To start the grooving process, use on high heat and work back and forth with firm pressure.
Napoleon Grill Brush with Stainless Steel Bristles
Designed for Stainless Steel Cooking Grids, this brush scrapes away caked on food and grime without damaging grates. The sleek Black Hardwood handle is 18 inches long and completely ergonomic. This makes it easier to control and hold. Napoleon's Stainless Steel Grill Brush also features a metal scraper, perfect for those particularly tough areas.
Napoleon Grill Brush with Brass Bristles
This Brass Bristle Brush is perfect for keeping cast iron cooking grids clean. The brass bristles are gentle enough as to not cause damage, while still scraping away stubborn food and grease. The ergonomic hardwood handle with hanger makes storage easy. The Napoleon Grill Brush with Brass Bristles allows you to quickly and effectively clean your grill with ease.
Napoleon Bristle-Free Triple-Row Grill Brush
This triple-row grill brush features rolled stainless steel for a completely bristle-free cleaning. The extra wide grid scraper is ideal for removing stuck on residue from stainless steel cooking grids. The curved, ergonomic handle provides durability and extra leverage for those tough to reach areas. Convenient hook offers an easy storage solution.
Crocodile Cloth Grill Wipes
Crocodile Cloth Grill Wipes are fully biodegradable and great for quick cleaning. These wipes can be used directly on cooled grates to clean baked on grease and food. Additionally, these wipes are great for cleaning grill tools, utensils or even patio furniture. Wipes can be wimpy, but these are bigger, tougher and fiercely clean.
To put it simply, a clean grill just functions better. A clean grill is a happy grill!
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