Your grill comprises various parts that require specific care and cleaning methods. A well-maintained grill maintains maximum hygiene while improving the flavor of your food. The grates are one key area to look out for, where grease, morsels, and bacteria may gradually accumulate.
Use a durable grill brush with sturdy bristles to scrub over the surface of your grates to eliminate the impurities. Always remember to strip the grates and run the brush a few times along both sides (grill owners tend to forget the bottom)! A clean grill also makes it easier for you to pick up your food with tongs, especially for meaty items with skin.
Next, you will need to look out for your burners and plates. A sponge soaked in soap/cleaning liquid should do the trick. A quick swipe of the sponge across your dials and plates will eliminate the ash build-ups commonly deposited around those spots.
Then, there’s the bottom tray, which collects all the grease and debris from your grilling sessions. A quick slide should remove the bottom tray. Routine bottom tray cleaning prevents your grill from clogging to keep your device functioning at optimal condition during your next backyard gathering.
To top it off, remember to give the external parts of your grill (e.g., cover/hood) a thorough scrub and rinse with soap and water. Once you’ve lathed the surface, run it over with some coarse rags to remove residual soapsuds/foam that may linger.
The exterior makes or breaks the first impression of your guests. A squeaky clean grill will elevate the overall grilling experience for everyone in attendance and mentally prepare them for the delicious food coming their way.