Outdoor grilling has become a favorite pastime for many families. Since working in this fast paced world makes it hard to set aside quality time for the family, it’s important to make the most of every moment possible. That’s why many people choose grilling for their family time. But grilling is used for many other occasions as well. Since a grill is used a lot, perhaps it’s time to give it a good cleaning. There are two different types of grills, charcoal and gas. Each one is different, which means that each must be cleaned differently.
CLEANING A CHARCOAL GRILL
Cleaning a charcoal grill is relatively simple since it basically has no small parts getting in the way. Here are the steps involved.
First of all, make absolutely sure the grill is cold. Let it sit for at least 2 hours and then pour a glass full of water onto the ashes, just to be sure. After all, a hot coal can lead to a fire, or worse, personal injury!
Remove the grates and anything else that is resting on the grill.
With a small scoop, remove the ashes and throw them away.
Get a thick rag or newspaper and using water, clean out the inside of the grill. Another way is to use a water hose and fiercely spray the inside of the grill. This will not only make the grill look better, but will remove old residue from the bottom that can burn and cause food to taste bad.
To make the grill shine like new, go ahead and clean the outside of it too. After all, this is a small effort compared to cleaning out the inside of the grill. Just be sure not to use a wire brush to clean the outside as it will scratch the paint, making the grill look worn and torn.
Now it’s time to tackle those grates. Here’s a quick tip. Spray them with oven cleaner and let them sit for a couple of hours. This makes it effortless to wipe them clean. Cleaning the grates will positively affect the taste of any food cooked on the grill.
Now remember to clean the grill after every use. It not only makes cleaning it a breeze, but will make the food taste better.
CLEANING A GAS GRILL
Most people see the “clean” knob on a gas grill and assume that this is how to clean a gas grill. Well this is far from the truth! Just like a charcoal grill, a gas grill must be cleaned by hand in order to remove all of the grime from it. Here are the steps.
Just like a charcoal grill, make absolutely sure it is cold. However, do not pour water into it. Hold your hand over the grating to judge if any heat is coming from the grill.
Remove the grating and brush off the top of the grill. Now use a rag and clean the barriers above the burners. The old grease that builds up on these can imprint a bad taste on food cooked on the grill.
Spray the grate with oven cleaner and let it sit for a couple of hours. Just as on a charcoal grill, this will make it much easier to clean the grate and will improve the taste of food cooked on the grill.
Clean the outside of the grill to make it look like new.
SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT GAS GRILLS
Gas grills are full of tiny parts, like the nozzles and burners, that are hard to clean. Once a year a gas grill should be taken apart and thoroughly cleaned, after all, who wants all those germs and old food particals around the food they’re about to eat? Make absolutely sure to disconnect the gas from the grill before taking it apart.