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While most people love the taste of food that has come fresh off their camping grill, few people look forward to the cleaning process. While it is tempting for everyone to let the grill sit until it is used the next time, it is very important to clean the grill quickly after use. When it comes to cleaning a cooking grill, there are a few tips that everyone needs to remember.
Remember to Disconnect the Gas Line
While this might seem like an obvious step, it is often forgotten. People might be so anxious to get the cleaning process done that they forget to disconnect the gas line. This can lead to disasters, particularly if a spark lights the gas while someone is cleaning the grill. Therefore, just pause for a few extra seconds and make sure the gas line has been disconnected. Safety should always come first when cooking on a grill and when cleaning it or its accompanying grilling tools.
A Hot Grill is Easier to Clean
Some people might find it easier to clean a hot grill than a cold one, whether it’s a smoker grill or a different product. After the grill cools down, the grime and bits on the grill rack start to cake on. Therefore, clean off the grill (safely) while it is still hot. If the grill has cooled down, fire up the grill for about five or ten minutes and let the grill heat up again. The heat will also burn off some of the food residue that has been left on. After this, it is relatively easy to scrape anything loose off the grates themselves using a stainless steel grill brush, especially if it’s mounted at a comfortable height on a grill stand.
Remove the Grates to Clean Them
In order to do a thorough job, remember to remove the grates from the grill itself. Then, take a bucket and fill it with hot water complete with suds. Ideally, this bucket should be big enough to hold the grates. Then, place the grates in the soapy water for a few minutes. Once they have sat in place for a few minutes, use a grill brush or a grill cleaner to scrub the grates thoroughly. If there are problems getting everything off the grates, re-dip the brush in the soapy water once again. This will help address some of the problem spots. Also, remember to use the brush to clean off the inside of the hood as well. Using steel wool can be particularly effective for those areas that are a little bit harder to clean.
Also, don’t forget to clean the drip pan as well. If this is neglected, it can be particularly problematic to clean later on.
Wrapping Up the Grill
Once everything has been clean, wrap up the grill using a grill cover to cover the grill, the tools, and the grilling charcoal. Some people might not have a cover for the grill, so there are a few reasons why this cover is important, including:
- It will protect the grill from dents and dings
- A cover can protect the grill from potential stains
- Using a cover regularly will reduce the frequency of deep cleans during the grilling season
- A grill cover can extend the life of the grill itself
When looking for a grill cover, try to find one that has a vented cover, as this will allow the grill to dry in a proper manner.
Clean the Cooking Grill Properly
These are only a few of the many tips that people can follow to clean their grills. Every grill is different, but be sure to follow these basic tips. Cleaning the grill quickly after use is typically easier than waiting for everything to cool and cake to the surface. Just be sure to use grilling gloves if the grill’s surface is still hot!