If you are anything like me then cleaning the grill has to be one of your most hated chores. I consider it to be right up there with changing the litter in the cat’s box and following old Fido around with a scooper and baggy.
Short of getting someone else to do it for you, the easiest way that I know of to clean the grill is to simply keep up with it. If you let it go too long, you’ll have a major job ahead of you. The longer you wait, the worse it gets.
Keeping up with it means that after each and every time you use it, once it’s cooled down, you remove the top grill from the barbeque and bring it inside to scrub it down. I usually try to get to mine the next day.
The first step is to spray it with oven cleaner. You will need to let it sit for about a half-hour to let the oven cleaner do its job. Meanwhile, it is a good idea to go back outside with a sponge that has a scrubbing pad attached and wipe down the rest of the grill. Be sure to remove the grease catcher from the bottom of the grill as you don’t want that to get overflowed with water. For heavy baked-on messes, you will need a steel wool soap pad. If you’ve already let the thing go for too long, you may need to spray the outdoor portion of the grill with oven cleaner also.
After the oven cleaner has had a chance to work, use your steel wool soap pad to remove the stuck-on particles that have attached themselves to your grill. Spray it down with warm to hot water and recheck that you’ve gotten everything off of it. Unfortunately, this usually has to be done more than once, a lot more than once.
When the top grill portion of the grill is clean and ready, go back outside and hose off the rest of the grill. Check to see that all debris is gone. If necessary, re scrub the grill with a steel wool soap pad.
It is important to check that your grease catcher is not full before returning it to its place on the grill. If necessary, either clean it out or replace it with a new one.
While grilling, wipe up any grease or barbeque sauce spills immediately from the outer side of the grill, to prevent them from getting burned on. If you are going to be cooking more than one batch of burgers or any other foods, it is not necessary to remove the grill for cleaning from the barbeque between courses. Simply use a grill brush to remove any particles of food that remain from the first batch.
Another suggestion for keeping your grill clean is to use heavy duty aluminum foil over the grill. Do this by wrapping the foil over the entire surface area of the grill. Fold any excess foil wrap underneath to keep it from falling off. Poke a few holes in the aluminum foil to allow for any excess grease to drip through.
Reynolds Wrap brand has a product called Release, non-stick grill foil, that is specially designed for this purpose. I have tried it and was extremely happy with the results. When you are finished grilling, remove the foil from the grill and you will be happy to find that you have a lot less clean up afterward.
Grill cleaning although unpleasant, is a necessary evil if you enjoy cooking and eating outdoors. By keeping up with the mess, and avoiding some of it altogether, you may find it a little easier to deal with.Grill cleaning