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Friday, April 17, 2009

How To Clean Your Barbecue Grill



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How To Clean Your Barbecue Grill

We like to use our grill a few times every week during seasonal weather, so once a week, we devote 20-30 minutes cleaning it.

There are several ways that you can go about cleaning your grill.

Supplies Needed:

Wire Grill Brush
Steel Wool Cleaning Pads
Oven Cleaner
Non-Stick Cooking Spray
Garden Hose or Bucket of Water
Liquid Dish Washing Soap

1. Clean your metal grate with a wire grill brush, loosening particles of food from past use. Rinse with hot soapy water. Make sure you invest in a good quality grill brush so that it holds up over time.

2. For stubborn food particles, spray your metal grate with oven cleaner and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Use a wire grill brush to loosen the particles. Rinse with hot soapy water.

3. After you've taken everything off your grill, place aluminum foil over the metal grate. Using the aluminum foil will attract the heat to the metal, burning off any food particles. Turn off your grill and let it cool down. Remove the aluminum foil. If any food particles remain, use your wire brush to remove them. Rinse the metal grate under hot soapy water.

4. After grilling, let your metal grate cool down enough to handle. Use a wet steel wool scrubbing pad (the kind with the soap embedded in it) and scrub the food particles off of the grate. Rinse under warm water.

Additional Tip: Before turning on your grill, spray the metal grate with non-stick cooking spray. This will help to keep food from sticking, making clean-up easier.

Keeping your barbecue grill cleaned will help your food to taste better and will also help to cut down on any food borne bacteria.