To get a grill looking clean and sparkling, follow these simple tips.
1 – First, make sure that the grill is turned off. If it is a propane gas grill, make sure that the gas is disconnected.
The best time to clean a grill is while it is slightly warm, e.g. a few minutes after cooking.
2 – Put on some robust gloves, and remove the grates and metal plates. Put them in a bucket of hot soapy water.
3 – Loosely wrap the grill’s heating elements with foil so that they do not get damaged. Use a brush to scrub the underside of the hood, to remove any greasy, smokey residue.
Scrub the inside walls as well, and wipe them clean with a damp paper towel.
4 – Take out the drip pan and empty it into a trash can. If there is a lot of grease built-up, you might need to scoop it out with paper towels. Put the (mostly cleaned) drip pan into the bucket of warm soapy water and let it soak for a few minutes.
5 – Get the grates and the drip pan and then scrub them with the grill brush, and then rinse them clean. Do not do this in the sink, because any fat washed off could clog your plumbing.
6 – Remove the foil, and gently clean the elements with a grill brush. Replace the drip pan, grates and metal plates.
7 – Wipe the exterior of the grill with a damp cloth, then buff with a dry cloth.
It is a good idea to clean a grill regularly to prevent excessive grease build up. Fat can catch fire if it is allowed to accumulate in the pan, so getting rid of it whenever possible is a good idea.