How to Clean Barbecue Grill Grates
- Fantastic Team
- Published: June 29, 2017
- 7min read
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Summer is approaching fast – we can practically smell the barbecue already! Soon we will be enjoying tasty burgers, a few drinks and good company.
Is your barbecue actually ready to do its job?
If the answer is no and you’ve found your grill to be covered in grease and grime, worry not! In this post, we will show you how to clean barbecue grates correctly, because, trust us, there is a wrong way to do it.
So, if you:
Then look no further! We have the answers.
Let’s get one thing straight – well-seasoned grill grates can make your steak taste amazing. However, we can’t say the same for food prepared on a dirty and greasy barbecue. You see, if you don’t clean your grill, the food you cook on it will start to taste, well, just bad. Not only that, but leaving your barbecue in a poor condition can affect its performance.
There are two approaches when it comes to cleaning barbecue grill grates:
The first method is easy – it’s just a matter of turning your grill on and heating it up to 120°C for 10-15 minutes. After that, grab a brush and scrub the grates clean. Do this after each use of the barbecue to keep it in good shape.
The second scenario involves some elbow grease and plenty of patience. You’ll need to follow the steps described above and use some additional detergents.
If you don’t feel like spending the whole day scrubbing, clean the BBQ grill after every use. This will prevent dirt and grease build-up.
Before you attack the built-up grime, you need to know the proper approach. The cleaning method depends highly on the type of grill grate you own. The most popular materials are stainless steel, cast iron and porcelain.
So, here is how to clean barbecue grill grates:
Cast iron is one of the best materials for grilling. It heats up evenly and retains the temperature for a good period of time. Cast iron is very durable, but it has one big weakness – water damage. If you expose the material to any sort of moisture, you are condemning it to rust.
Here is how to clean cast iron BBQ grates:
Take a wire brush and gently remove all leftover food bits from the grate.
Mix four parts water and one part white vinegar in a spray bottle.
Thoroughly spray the grill with the solution.
Wipe the grill grates with a paper towel.
Keep spraying and scrubbing until all food particles are gone.
Using a sponge and some mild soap, wipe any grease off the grill grates.
Remove any soap residue from the barbecue with some warm water.
As we mentioned earlier, cast iron hates water. So, remember to dry the grates thoroughly. If you skip this step, you’ll end up with a rusty grill.
Like cast iron, stainless steel also handles higher temperatures well. However, it has one additional quality: it doesn’t rust. Similar to how you clean oven racks, it’s quite simple.
So, here’s how to clean stainless steel BBQ grates:
Porcelain grills come with a number of benefits, like the fact that they don’t need oil seasoning and hold heat pretty well. However, when it comes to maintenance, this type of grill grate is quite capricious.
So, how do you clean porcelain grill grates?
And voila! Your porcelain grill grates are now shiny and clean.
Every passionate cook out there knows that cast iron grates perform best if seasoned regularly with oil. You’ve probably noticed yourself that with every use of the grill, the food tends to stick less and less to it.
However, we aren’t saying you should never clean your barbecue again.
After you wash your cast iron or stainless steel grill, smear a small amount of plant-based oil on the grates to protect them from rust.
Great! You have now revived your grill.
The answer is no. If you have a porcelain grill, you don’t need to season it with oil. The same goes for porcelain-enamelled cast iron and stainless steel grill grates. The layer of porcelain protects the grates from rust, which eliminates the need for oil.
When you use any of these grill models, just heat up the appliance 15 minutes before you start cooking and apply some oil to your food.
Cleaning your grill requires quite a lot of elbow grease, literally. It’s messy, sticky, time-consuming and overall just not a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. So, why not call someone to clean the thing for you?
We here at Fantastic Services offer barbecue and grill cleaning. It doesn’t matter if you own a charcoal grill, hooded grill, smoker, or spit roasters – we can take care of the greasy situation. The experts we work with can thoroughly inspect your appliance, wash all of its removable parts in a special dip tank, filled with an effective cleaning solution, and put your appliance back together in no time.
Spend your free time where it matters – let Fantastic Services handle the rest!
We hope you found this post on how to clean BBQ grates helpful. If you have any experience or some cleaning tips and tricks, please share your thoughts in the comments below!
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