When purchasing your barbecue, consider it an investment rather than just another item for your outdoor entertainment. You should expect this item to become an important part of your outdoor activities for many years to come. But like any other investment, proper maintenance and care is required to ensure that your grill works for you for many years to come. Although some maintenance and cleaning tasks are specific to the type of barbecue you have (gas, electric, charcoal or smoked barbecue), most of the maintenance tasks that you must perform do not change from grill to grill.
Step 1: gather the necessary elements
You’ll need a few common household items on hand when it’s time to clean your grill.
Brass grill brush
Steel wool pads, preferably already containing soap.
Mild dish soap
Sponge or dishcloth
Cooking oil spray
Dry baking soda
Step 2: brush the grill
The first thing that should always be done on the grill is a normal brushing. Using the brass grill brush (or another suitable brush for your type of grill) you should brush all surfaces. By brushing your barbecue grill regularly, you will prevent any build-up. If food accumulations are left for too long, they can become increasingly difficult to remove.
Step 3- Drizzle cooking oil
Once you are sure the grill is free of buildup and debris and has cooled completely, spray it with a light coating of cooking oil. Spraying it with cooking oil will prevent the grill from rusting. It’s especially important to make sure your grill is completely cool, as spraying cooking oil on a hot surface could cause the oil to heat up and ignite, which could be potentially dangerous to you and the grill.
Step 4: use baking soda and aluminum foil on the grill
Baking soda is an excellent cleaner and brightener. After removing debris and excess buildup, lightly scrubbing the barbecue grill with baking soda will give it that extra shine, similar to the day you brought it home from the store. It can also be used on handles and knobs to remove any additional buildup that cannot be removed with a wire brush.
Tin foil can also be used to keep the grill looking good. Gently rub the aluminum foil over the grill and you will notice that it removes dirt and buildup.
Step 5: clean the grates
Broiling racks are especially important as this is where food touches when cooking. You will need to use the wire brush to remove as much of the build-up as possible. After removing as much as possible, begin washing the racks with dish soap. If the grates are very dirty, you can also use steel wool pads. Be sure to rinse off all soap and residue completely before cooking on these grills again.
Step 6: prevent problems
Most of the problems that come up with barbecue grills stem from a lack of cleaning and maintenance. This means that if you notice that something is not looking right with your barbecue grill, it can probably be fixed with a simple cleaning. Even if you clean it and find that it still has problems, you’ve at least saved yourself the potential embarrassment of taking it to a professional only to find that all you needed was to clean it.
Finally, one method of avoiding problems with your barbecue grill is to protect it from the outside. Grill covers are available in all shapes and sizes, so you’re likely to find one that will fit your grill. If you have a barbecue grill cover, all you need to do is perform the regular maintenance mentioned above.