It’s getting warmer outside and little by little you’re pulling out the patio furniture, flower pots & lawn equipment, but nothing says, “bring it on, summer,” like prepping your grill. It is true that, like a cast iron skillet, your grill does season with use, however seeing a thick layer of charred remains from 9 months ago doesn’t exactly sound appetizing to me. I believe that giving the grill a thorough cleaning in the spring will get you on the right path for the rest of the summer.
Start by removing any leftover ashes or charcoal from the bottom of the grill and wipe it clean with a dry paper towel. With soap and water scrub down the inside and outside to clean off any dirt and caked-on grease. Go ahead and refill with new charcoal (if needed) and fire up the grill on high heat – let it warm up for about five minutes. Warming up the grill will make it easier to clean the grates by burning off some of the larger food particles and loosening up the rest. Next, with a heavy-duty grill brush, vigorously brush the grates until you’ve removed all the remaining food grime. Come on, put your back into it. Here’s a secret tip: Throw the grates in your oven (if they fit) and turn on the self-cleaning option. Now you’re cleaning two things at once….no elbow grease required.
**Never use cleaning chemicals on your grill.
Oiling your grates is a great way to prevent food from sticking while grilling, plus it makes future cleanings a little easier. Spray or lightly rub olive oil onto the grates with a paper towel. Don’t use too much oil or you might have a bigger fire than you expected. You can do this every time you cook, or every once in a while….it’s completely up to you. So, now you’re ready to grill!
Always keep your grill covered between uses. Most grills live outside with the sun and the rain and the wind, making them more susceptible to damage. Prevent rust, fading and other wear and tear by keeping the grill covered and out of the way.
Regularly maintaining your grill will not only help the longevity of your grill, but for goodness sakes, it will make your food taste and cook better…which in the end makes it all worth it. Mmmm, this blog is making me hungry, I think it’s time for some burgers and brats.
Until next time – Miss A