The Best Way to Clean a Grill
Baked on bits and sticky remnants of food do not make for an ideal grilling environment. Don’t worry, the best way to clean a grill doesn’t actually require much effort
By Jonathan Hackman
It is time to break out the grill for entertaining. The best way to clean a grill after you use it is not to use too much effort. Taking a tip from oven cleaning and applying it to your favorite grill will allow you to have a clean cooking surface every time you use it.
You will need oven cleaner, newspapers, a plastic trash bag, a grill scrub brush or green scrubbing pad, gloves and degreaser. Take the cooking grate off and lay it on a bed of newspapers. Put on the gloves and hold your breath while you liberally spray it with the oven cleaner. Turn it over and spray again. Fold the newspaper over the grill, encasing it. Place the newspaper-covered grate in the plastic bag, press the air out and tie it closed.
Turn your attention to the grill itself. Yes, you can breathe again. Scrape out all of last season’s charcoal debris and place it in a trash bag. Do not throw the charcoal grate away. Use the degreaser and a heavy scrub brush to clean the inside. Rinse well with the garden hose. Use degreasing dishwashing liquid to scrub the outside of the grill; thoroughly rinse and allow it to dry.
The next morning, don the gloves and open the plastic bag. Take out the grate and scrub it with the stiff brush. You will find the baked on material will come off easily. Dispose of the newspapers and bag. Take the time to rinse the grate well. You now know the best way to clean a grill.