Cautiously, you creep up to your grill, your fingers white from the death grip you hold on your grill brush. You reach out, hand trembling as you carefully, grasp the bar and ever so slowly lift the cover…suddenly, there’s a blood-curdling scream.
Oh, that was you, looking at the condition of your grill’s interior. As you feared, the dastardly Grill Goblins came in the night, splashing your grill with grease and grime, burning food onto the grates, and clogging the burners with sludge.
Your gas grill is an appliance, just like those in your kitchen and just like those, it needs to be properly maintained. In fact, your gas grill probably sees a lot of gooey and delicious barbecue sauces and needs to be thoroughly cleaned more often than your oven does.
Even if you scrape your grates down as you should before each use, food builds up on them and on the burners and the bottom of the grill. If you live in areas where it snows and your grill gets little or no use in the winter, fall is the perfect time for a thorough cleaning, instead of letting all of that food waste sit there for months. Bonus: Your grill will be ready to go when you get that first warm spring day!
How to Clean Your Grill
Cleaning the Outside:
Close the valve on the gas tank before you begin. Fill a bucket with hot water and a few drops of mild dish soap and use this to sponge down the exterior of the grill. Use a clean towel to dry it to avoid streaking and water spots.
Cleaning the Grates:
To get your grates looking like new, let them soak for a couple of minutes in your bucket of soapy water and then scrub them with a good wire brush and pat them dry with a clean towel. If you have cast iron grates, spray them with vegetable oil after you’ve completely dried them.
Cleaning the Burner Protectors:
Most gas grills have tented metal plates covering the burners to keep them from getting clogged. Refill your bucket with hot, soapy water and soak the protectors. If wiping them with a sponge doesn’t get them clean after they’ve soaked, use a plastic scrubber to remove any leftover residue. Do NOT use steel wool or a wire brush. You may need to replace them if they’ve begun to erode.
Cleaning the Burners:
Wipe them with a damp sponge where they are. You can remove them but you shouldn’t do this unless you’re absolutely sure you know how to put them back on because if you don’t and they leak, it would be an extremely dangerous situation. If your burners are ceramic or infrared, don’t scrub them as they’re more delicate. Instead, turn the burners on for 10 minutes. This should burn off any residue and if there are any bits of food left, use tweezers to remove the leftover food.
Cleaning the Inside:
Using a wire brush, loosen any burnt food and grease that has accumulated in the inside of your grill and use a paper towel to remove it. Wipe it down with a damp sponge and pat dry.
When you’re done cleaning and reassembling your grill, test the burners to make sure that they’re working properly. It would be a good time to inspect the connections to the gas tank as well as the hose to check for any cracking or deterioration.
By taking the right steps to clean and maintain your gas grill, you’ll never fear the Grill Goblins again!
Paradise Grills is one of the leading manufacturer and seller of outdoor kitchens in the nation. Whether you want a standalone grill or an entire outdoor kitchen, Paradise Grills has everything you need for all your grilling and entertaining needs. Call us today at (800) 604-2023.
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