Monday, July 30, 2007

Grill Cleaning Tips

Grill Cleaning Tips.
Most people find no pleasure in cleaning a grill. But since I have started competing and catering I found great solace in cleaning a grill. They say cleanliness is next to godliness and the grill is no exception. A clean grill is like a canvass, leave a bunch of crap on it and that is what you will get: CRAP!

Clean your grill:
There are two different thought: The first is that you clean your grill after each cook while it is still warm. Clean the inside and outside of the grill and lid. If you allow cooking residue to burn off the inside of your grill every time you use it, you shouldn't have to work as hard at scrubbing the inside. You can simply brush off flaking baked-on grease with a brass wire grill brush. If you want to get your grill in sparkling condition, either inside or out, warm soapy water and a sponge or dishcloth are usually sufficient. The upside is the most residue will come off the downside is if it is too hot you can burn yourself.

The second is to clean before each cook. The upside is you will not get burn; the downside is that it is harder to clean.

I prefer to clean after each cook with a rigid wire brush and before each cook I will use a cooking spray before I start the fire. Clean the cooking grate. After the coals have died out, brush off any loose particles on the warm (not hot) cooking grate with a brass grill brush. For more thorough cleaning, use a wet, soapy, fine steel wool pad with only slight pressure. Rinse thoroughly and dry.

As needed:
Charcoal Grill: ensure that you clean ash after each cook. I use a fire place shovel and shovel the ash in a small galvanize trash with a securable lid. Remove cold ashes from the bottom of the grill.This prevents airflow problems next time you grill. Ashes also absorb moisture, which may cause premature rusting of the grill.
Once a year wipe down the outer surfaces of the grill.

Gas Grill: check gas connection clean outside thoroughly once a year.


Barbecue Books

  • Championship Barbecue by Paul Kirk