Hosting a barbecue party is one of the best American traditions. It’s a great way to spend quality time with friends and family. You can bond and talk about all the stuff you want to talk about and enjoy a great meal at the same time.
But if you are like us who dread the time when you do have to clean stuff, then this article will be able to help you out. This article will talk about how to clean your barbeque grill properly and which products to use.
That way, you can maintain the cleanliness of your grill and hopefully, increase its longevity.
So to start we will look at various cleaning products after which we will show you the step by step guide if you wish to follow. Enjoy reading!
Now let’s talk about cleaning products that you can use. Off course, dishwashing soap is already a given, so we will not talk about that in length here. The items listed below are other alternatives to dishwashing soap.
First up is vinegar. This is a very practical cleaning product because normally, you will always have this available if you cook at home. Just mix the vinegar with lukewarm water and put it in a spray bottle. You can then spray it on the parts that need cleaning. You can use this as a substitute to dishwashing soap.
Parker and Bailey BBQ Cleaner
Now for some specially made BBQ cleaning products. Parker and Bailey BBQ Cleaner is one of the more popular cleaners today. That’s because you can clean your grill quickly using this product. It is great for cleaning the inside and outside surfaces of your grill. You can also use it for your grilling tools and drip pan.
Carbona Grill Cleaner
Another off the shelf product is the Carbona Grill Cleaner. This product can effectively clean your oven racks and barbecue grills, so it’s basically a 2-in-1 cleaner. When you purchase this product, it will include the cleaning fluid, disposable gloves and a rack cleaning bag. You have to avoid using this product though if any parts of what you are cleaning are made of aluminum. It will leave irremovable white residue.
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Outdoor Pro
You really can’t talk about cleaning products without including anything from Mr. Clean. The Magic Eraser Outdoor Pro is a powerful multi-purpose cleaning pad. All you need to do is add water and you are all set. It will be able to remove grease, grime and even dirt that’s stuck in your grill.
Easy-Off BBQ Grill Cleaner
This one is pretty unique because it is an aerosol cleaner. The Easy-Off BBQ Grill Cleaner is formulated to start working immediately upon spraying.
Weber Grill Grate Cleaner
Check out the video to see the weber grill grate cleaner in action.
- The first step to cleaning a barbecue grill is to disconnect it from its power source. Whether it is using natural gas, liquid propane or electricity, it will not matter. You have to disconnect it from its power source. You also need to make sure that all the dials on your grill are set to the ‘Off’ position. Note that it is important to clean your barbecue grill while it is still warm.
- Next up is to remove the cooking grates and drip pan. Then soak them in a mixture of hot water and regular dish soap. This will soften any particles stuck in the cooking grate and pan. Make sure you wear gloves when doing this so you won’t accidentally burn yourself.
- While you are waiting for the particles in the cooking grate to soften, you can start cleaning the hood of your barbecue grill. You will need to scrub it nice and clean. Remember to cover the heating element of your grill with foil. Use your grill brush and carefully scrub the underside of the hood of your barbecue grill. Don’t be alarmed if you see any residue peeling. That is not paint. That’s just carbon build up coming off. That normally happens when smoke and grease accumulate under your hood.
- After scrubbing the underside of the hood of your barbecue grill, you can proceed to cleaning the inside walls. The process is almost the same as cleaning the hood. You will have to use your grill brush as well. Scrub the inside walls using your grill brush. Remember that foil you placed in the heating element of your grill? Don’t take that out yet while you are doing this because debris and ash will undoubtedly fall into the foil. Once you are done scrubbing the walls, you have to wipe it with a damp paper towel. That’s the finishing touch of cleaning the inside walls.
- Remember the soaked cooking grates and drip pan in step 2? After cleaning the hood and inside walls, the next step is cleaning the cooking grates and drip pan. Again, using your grill brush, scrub the drip pan and cooking grate until all the particles that got stuck are removed. Make sure to scrub it thoroughly. After scrubbing, rinse them using a hose spray and let them dry.
- After cleaning the grate and pan, you can now remove the foil that you placed on top of the heating element. Brush the heating element with your grill brush to remove any particles stuck on it. Once the cooking grate and drip pan are dry, you can now place them back where they should belong and then connect the grill back to its power source (natural gas line or LP tank).
- Since you’ve finished cleaning the inside part of your grill, it’s time to clean the outer part. After all, this is the first thing that your visitors will see when looking at your grill. You will need to make sure it is also spick and span. Ideally, you need to use stainless steel wipes to prevent any corrosion. But if you don’t have access to that, dishwashing soap can also be used. Use a clean cloth and soak it in lukewarm water mixed with dishwashing soap. Use that to wipe the outer part of your grill. Afterwards, wipe it dry with a different piece of cloth or dry paper towels. Then viola, you are done cleaning your barbecue grill.
So there you go. These are all the things you need to know about cleaning your barbecue grill. Hopefully, this article will be able to help you maintain your barbecue grill properly so that it will last longer. Happy cleaning and enjoy your barbecue.