Summer Grill Cleaning!

  1. Safety should always come first. If you have a propane barbecue, make sure all the dials are securely turned off and disconnect the tank before proceeding with anything else. If the tank is empty, refill it during your next trip to the hardware store so you’re ready to grill once the BBQ is clean.
  2. Wear work gloves to protect yourself from metal splinters and old grease. Remove the grill, grates, grease pan, and other detachable metal parts. Fill a large garden bucket with hot water and a squirt of dish soap, then let the parts soak for 10 minutes.
  3. Cover the BBQ’s heating elements with a piece of aluminum foil to protect them from falling debris. Use a metal-bristled grill brush to scrub under the hood, sides, and any other areas affected by greasy cooking smoke. Carbon build-up that resembles peeling paint can usually be brushed off with some effort.
  4. For the most satisfying part of the cleaning process, use damp towels to wipe down the walls and hood, removing any carbon build-up, ash, and rust that fell during scrubbing.
  5. Take the grates and grill out of the soapy water and lean them against a clean, sturdy wall. Use the grill brush to scrape off any loosened debris and hardened grease. The soaking should have made it easier to remove the grime.
  6. Next, use a garden hose to rinse off the metal parts, washing away all the soap. Dry them with a towel to prevent rust.
  7. If your barbecue has a stand or casing, use a hard-bristled broom to sweep away any debris, dirt, or leaves. Wipe down the exterior as well to avoid particles landing on your food while cooking. Plus, a clean barbecue looks better without mud and old mustard spills.
  8. Remove the aluminum foil and dispose of the debris. If the foil is undamaged, recycle it. Replace the cleaned metal plates, grills, grates, and drip pan, and reconnect the propane tank.
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