Lighting up the grill for summer season is one of the highlights of the year. Freshly charred burgers, juicy chicken legs, crisp yet tender veggies, and even fired up pizza grace our grills and fill our bellies throughout the season, giving more than a little to smile about.
With so much summer celebrating, it can be easy to forget that there is one thing not so pleasant about barbecuing all season long: cleaning the grill.
Cooked on grease, grit and more can be incredibly difficult to get off and takes some major scrubbing, but there are some tips that can help in the cleaning process.
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The most important aspect in grill cleaning is cleaning the grate. Here, high heat is your best friend. Heat will burn off some of the initially stuck on food, so allow that baked on gook to char and it will scrape right off.
After this first extra bake, turn off the grill, unplug the propane tank, and allow the grates to cool until they are slightly warm. Wearing gloves, remove the grates and the metal plates beneath them and place into a sudsy, dishwasher soap-filled wash bucket. With the grates soaking, it is easy to lightly scrub the underside of the hood and and inside walls.
Next, remove and empty the drip pan and place it into the soaking bucket with your grill grates. Once these have duly soaked in the suds, scrub with your grill brush and then spray with a garden hose to rinse.
Replace all grill parts, lightly wipe down the outside of your grill and replug the propane tank, and you're all set! On your next grilling, be sure to allow some extra heating time to cook off any soap that has been left behind.
That's all it takes for a clean, ready-to-use grill. Happy grilling!
For great grilling ideas check out, Best Burger Recipes and our Guide to Grilling Chicken.