Grill Cleaning Tips

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Barbecue season is finally here and that means regular grill cleaning. I find the simplest method is to turn the heat on high (with the lid down) for about 15 or 20 minutes then brush vigorously.

BrushIf you’re looking for more ideas, try one of these recipes or methods:

  • Recipe #1: 1/8 cup washing soda mixed with 1 quart warm water. Soak in mixture for several hours or overnight. Use a stiff brush after soaking then rinse well with water.
  • #2: Mix baking soda and water to make a paste, apply and leave overnight. Use a stiff brush the next morning and rinse well.
  • #3: 1/4 cup laundry or dishwasher detergent and 1 quart of warm water. Let soak for several hours in mixture then wash, rinse well with water.
  • #4: Lay them on newspaper then spray with oven cleaner, leave overnight then wash and rinse well.
  • Heat Method: Lay two long sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil on top of racks so they are completely covered, close lid (a couple inches of foil should be sticking out on all sides) and heat on high for a maximum of 30 minutes. Open cover, allow to cool and remove foil. All the bits should fall off but if not, try tapping them with a heavy stick or lightly brushing.
  • Coffee: Greasy burners & grills can be tackled by soaking in hot coffee for about an hour. Coffee is a great grease buster. (Sent in by Jennifer, thank you!)

The better the scrubber, the less elbow grease it will take to remove any stubborn, crusty bits. If your brush is MIA, try one of these (you may even find you like them better!)…

  • Make a ball with aluminum foil then use to scrub the racks.
  • Natural option: Cut a lemon in half, press the open half into a plate of coarse salt then use the salted lemon to scrub.

Tip: Rub racks with olive oil or spray with non-stick cooking spray before setting food on it (do not spray when heat is on or apply to paper towel first then rub on), this not only helps prevent food sticking while cooking, it also helps washing up a little easier.

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Published: July 6, 2011
Updated: August 18, 2012

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3 Comments to “Grill Cleaning Tips”
  1. Peggy Helton says:

    The best thing I have found for cleaning the grill, is a brown paper bag. Just rub the racks with the bag while the grill is still cold.

  2. nikki says:

    i start the grill once its ready to cook take half a onion or potato and use a long fork and rub over the grates till clean if really dirty use the other half or cut the dirty part off the veggie and run it over again if u cut all ur veggies for dinner take a ball of foil and once grill is hot use the fork and run the foil over it works but not as good as the veggies because they are moist and the steam helps to remove all the lil bits

  3. Daniel says:

    When using the BBQ, try the following:

    Heat the BBQ, once it. Is hot, take a half of an onion stick it on a BBQ fork.
    Dip the onion in a little vegtable oil and rub the BBQ bars clean.

    This will help limit food from sticking and keep it clean and the onionoil gives of a great smell..
    Once finished eating just turn on as high as possible once everything is bernt jest brush the remains off.


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