5 BBQ Tips On How To Clean And Maintain Your Grill
Cleaning your barbecue grill has a variety of benefits. You want to eliminate any harmful bacteria and you want to get rid of any residue that will keep your chicken from tasting like chicken. You don’t want your food to stick to the grill as you’re preparing your latest masterpiece, either. Also, some grills can be expensive, so keeping your grill in tip-top shape is simply taking care of your investment.
5 BBQ tips that are necessary for keeping your grill in stellar condition.
1. Thoroughly clean the grill grate regularly.
- Preheat the grill prior to washing. Warming the grill up before you give it a scrub helps loosen any food or grime that has grown cold and congealed.
- Scrape the grill grate. Now that the muck has been loosened, use a grill brush with stiff bristles to help knock it off the rest of the way.
- Rub the grate with a rag or paper towel.You want to use either something disposable or a cloth you don’t care about any more for this part. Most of what you will remove from the grill grate will be sooty and burned. It is recommended that you use CARON & DOUCET BBQ OIL on the rag or towel to remove the rest of the dirt on the grate. The oil lubricates the grate and helps prevent food, soot and burned bits from sticking the next time you grill.
- Tip: You can also use baking soda to clean the grate. Dip a brush in baking soda, scrub the grill until it is clean and then rinse.
2. Regularly clean the inside of the lid of the grill and the underside of the grill by scraping off any burned on debris with a tough spatula.
3. Always coat the grate with CARON & DOUCET BBQ OIL before you grill so that food and debris doesn’t stick as much.
4. Toss ashes from charcoal grills after they have cooled off completely. Empty the pan liner in gas grills every time you cook or whenever is necessary, but make sure it is emptied regularly.
5. Be safe by never grilling around flammable items. Stay at least 10 feet away from your home. If you’re using a gas grill, be sure to open the lid before you light up.
With the right cleaning and maintenance, your trusty BBQ grill can last you plenty of summers — and your food will always taste like it did the first time you used it.