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How To Clean A Charcoal Grill

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Grilling is fun, but over time the grilling equipment can wear out if it is not properly cleaned. The two most popular grills that are used for grilling are a gas grill and a charcoal grill. Both of them differ from each other, and each has its pros and cons.

Cleaning these grills is crucial to last long, and your food remains fresh and healthy. Many people think that cleaning a gas or charcoal grill is quite hard. However, that’s not the case, and that is why today, we will tell you about how you can effectively clean your gas or charcoal grill.

First, we are going to have a look at how you can clean your charcoal grill.

To effectively clean your charcoal grill, you have to follow the below-specified steps.

Take out the grates and remove the ashes.

To clean your charcoal grill, the first thing that you need to do is take out the grates from the charcoal grill. Grilling produces a lot of ash, which is one reason you should try to clean your charcoal grill more often.

After taking out the grates, make sure to dump the ashes residing in the charcoal grill. While removing the ashes, make sure that you look even in the hard-to-reach areas of the grill, as ashes can also be present there. Use proper dumping tools to dump the ash.

Properly scrub

After dumping all of the residing ashes, the next step is to clean the grates of your charcoal grill. Over time bits of food stick to the grates, and this can cause the charcoal grill to become dull.

To eliminate this dullness, make sure to have a grill brush in hand and use that to scrub the grate’s surface properly. Scrubbing will help you remove the piece of food that has been long stuck on the grate’s surface.

While cleaning the surface of the grate of your charcoal grill, make sure to heat your grill. Heating the grill, a little bit will effectively remove the pieces of food.

Clean the hoarded grease

The next step that you need to do is clean the piled-up grease on the grates. For this, you can use spray-on oven cleaner.

Clean the remaining debris

After following the above-specified steps, make sure to clean the residual debris. For this step, you would need some cleaning tools like paper towels and tongs. After acquiring these items, make sure to wet the paper towel and rub it along the surface of your charcoal grill.

Before cleaning the remaining debris, make sure that the paper towel is dampened using hot water, ensuring a more proper clean.

Clean the outside surface

After cleaning your charcoal grate from inside, it is time that you clean the surface of your charcoal grill. For this, make sure to use a decent amount of dish soap on the surface for about 15 minutes. After that, rinse it with water.

After cleaning both the grates, and the grill’s surface, make sure to use a detergent on both of them, rinse well, and dry.

Gas grill?

Just like a charcoal grill, a gas grill also needs to be cleaned so it can last long. To clean a gas grill, you have to follow the below-listed steps.

Heat up your gas grill.

A gas grill needs to be cleaned after every use. Doing this will prevent your gas grill from getting damaged. To do this, make sure to heat up your gas grill for about 10 minutes. Make sure to close the lid. Otherwise, all the heat will escape, and it will be of no use.

The other thing that you should take care of is not to heat up the grill for more than 15 minutes as this can damage your grill.

Clean the surface of the grate

After following the above-specified step, you will be able to soften the residual grime, debris, and bits of food. Take advantage of this opportunity and clean the surface by scrubbing through a grill brush.

While scrubbing, make sure to gently scrub the surface because half of the done is already done by the heat that you have provided your grill in step 1.

Moreover, scrubbing too hard can also cause the grates to lose the porcelain coating, and this can cause rusting.

Clean the excess grease

After cleaning the grates of your gas grill, make sure to clean the excess grease. To do this, all you need is a wet cloth. Make sure that the cloth is wetted using warm water. To properly wipe the surface of the grates in order to remove the accumulated grease.

Grease can be accumulated on the hoods as well, and that is why it is necessary to clean it using dish soap and hot water.

Clean the burner or replace it

The most important thing to consider when cleaning your gas burner is to check out your burner. Burner can become clogged, and due to this, it provides uneven heat. Make sure to clean it with proper tools like wire poker.

Sometimes cleaning it can be inconvenient, and that in this case, you can always replace the burner. Replacing and cleaning the burner will make sure that your gas grill is able to perform at its optimal rate.

Clean the surface of the gas grill

After following the above steps, make sure to clean the surface of your gas grill. To do this, use soap water. Then after this rinse well, and wipe dry. You can also use the same step to clean the inside surfaces of the grill. You need to be careful while cleaning it to be safe from any harm.

Final Remarks:

The above-specified are the steps through which you can effectively clean both your gas and charcoal grill. Before cleaning your grills, make sure to have proper cleaning tools such as a wire brush, soap water, tongs, and paper cloth.

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