Ways to Clean My Barbecue Grill Grate

Ways to Clean My Barbecue Grill Grate

Well you just got done cooking out and now the real work starts - cleaning the grill. When taking care of your grill, there a few things to be aware of and remembering to do those things are just as important. Cleaning your grill will make it last longer. So, I have come up with a short list of things you need to be aware - whether your buying a new grill or wanting to know some stuff before you begin cleaning your own.
There are many different ways to clean your clean, but the most important thing is what not to do when cleaning. Not cleaning it at all is not the right approach, but you shouldn't have to spend much time cleaning it.

Here is what to do for the maintenance and cleaning of your grill so that the proper care will make it last a longer time.

1. As soon your done grilling and the food is removed, use a grill brush for about 10 seconds to clean the grill grates and to remove any debris around the cooking area. If you have porcelain-coated grills make sure you only use a brass bristle brush, don't scrape the grill with a scraper because it may remove the porcelain coat.

[ReviewAZON asin="B000WEMGWE" display="inlinepost"]2. After the grill is turned off and it has cooled down spray a vegetable oil on the grill so that is well coated. It protects the grates from corrusion. You should also put vegetable oil on before each time you grill. Not only does it protect the grates, but any food, char, or debris will fall onto the flames or will turn to ash once the grill is turned on and preheated.

3. Try not to leave your grill for too long after your done grilling - it's like running a self cleaning oven each time. I know you want to leave it on to burn the excess off, but just don't forget to turn it off, your going to put a lot of stress on the parts and just think of how many times you could of used your grill in the time you forgot about it and left it on. Letting it run a minute or two is sufficient because your going to brush and spray it anyways. Plus when you preheat it next it will burn off the excess.

[ReviewAZON asin="B0000DDVL0" display="inlinepost"]5. To ease the cleaning process, wait until the last few minutes before you apply tomato based sauces - these types of sauces get thick fast and become like a cement past if left on too long. Marinade and baste the foods with vinegar, citrus or soy-based mixtures to help make clean up easier.

6. It is not recommended to use alcohol or beer as a method of putting out a fire or as a cleaning agent. Your far better off drinking the beer or using it in a recipe than wasting it, plus it may damage the grill grates with corrusion. Use baking soda as a cleaning agent. By keeping it nearby it will lessen the hassle of you scouring to find all your cleaning utensils or if a fire erupts you can use it to put out the fire on the grill.

Chrome grills and grates are more difficult to clean than a porcelain coated grill and have a tendency to rust relatively easy. Porcelain coated steel grills resist rusting and are easy to clean. Porcelain coated cast iron has the benefits of cast iron wrapped in an easy to clean and maintain package. If you get grills with porcelain coatings make sure to only use a brass bristle brush to clean the grills as the brass is relatively soft and will Not scratch the porcelain off of the grills.

Cast iron grills hold the heat extremely well and heat very evenly, but must be kept seasoned with cooking oil to avoid rusting. This can be a challenge on a grill that is used and stored outside. Stainless Steel grills will last a very long time, but don't hold the heat or sear as well as cast iron. If you are buying a barbecue with stainless steel grills make sure the grill rods are thick and heavy if you like to sear your steak or fish so that it is left medium rare in the center. If most of what you do is cook is relatively slow (chicken, pork, roasts), then stainless steel would be an easy to maintain, long lasting choice.

The last tip I can provide is if you want to lessen the hassle and time of cleaning your grill, keep a container or bucket of all your cleaning grill utensils and products nearby. Took some time for me to learn that lesson of having to search for everything after I was done cooking. Now I have all my stuff in a neat little bucket. Saves me about 15 minutes, that's the 15 minutes I could of already had the grill cleaned and ready to go for next time.

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