Many people don’t realize that residue from charred meat can contain cancer-causing agents. So keeping your grill clean not only makes your food taste better but is also better for your health.
The first step in keeping your grill clean is the post-cooking cleaning. Start with a wire brush and scrape the grates. After scraping the grates with the brush remove them and place them in a container with soapy water to soak. The grates will need to soak for at least a couple of hours.
While the cooking grates soaks, remove the other parts of the grill and scrape the sides of the grill box. Use a wet dry shop vacuum to remove all the debris.
If the burnt carbon and gunk won’t come off easy (it won’t) you can spray the inside down with BBQ cleaner. There are different types of BBQ Cleaners but I like the cleaner that foams because it doesn’t run.
After giving the cleaner some time to work, wipe down the inside of the grill with a wet rag to finish up.
For the outside you can use a stainless steel cleaner and a clean rag. This will make the outside shine and protect the steel.
It’s a good idea to heat the grill up to burn off any remaining residue before you place any food on the grates.
It’s a lot of work but worth it to have a safe clean grill. There are grill cleaning service companies that will do the job for you if you don’t have the time or want to get dirty.