It’s the time of year again where those grills are fired up after months of staying dormant. There’s nothing better than delicious charred vegetables, seared steaks or classic BBQ chicken. Most grill recipes will call for a clean, oiled grill. You may think this requires extensive scrubbing and scouring. However, if you’re cleaning your grills more than twice a season, you’re cleaning it too much.
You only need to deep clean your grill twice a year, at the beginning and the end of the grilling season. When it’s time to fire up your grill again, it has probably been sitting around for months collecting pollen, leaves, and even small bugs or spiders. Take the time to check all parts of your grill including propane connections, drip pans, heat shields and grates. Wipe down the inside and outside of the grill and make sure all connections are secure.
Over time, grill grates will collect stuck-on grease and grime from all the grilling. A paste made of baking soda and soap can work wonders to break down heavy grime. Another option relies on the grease-busting power of an oven cleaner. However, when it comes to ongoing maintenance, you don’t need to bring out the scouring scrub after every session. A sturdy grill brush after each use will easily remove greasy debris.
Source: the Kitchn