When it comes to cleaning something there’s always people out there who come up with excuses not to do it because of laziness.
And among them are people who claim that they don’t mind a little leftover grime on their grates because it “adds flavor”. Let me tell you, that’s not actually a thing. A true griller knows smoke adds flavor.
You should stop being lazy and just clean your grates.
Reasons why you should clean your grill
- Grease, oil and marinade turn rancid when left on the grates for a while and will make your food bad.
- Just like anything else, grills need maintenance. A lot of thing can go wrong. For example, the burners can deteriorate, rust can eat away the metal and gas lines can crack.
- Grease doesn’t always burn off. There is always grease to catch near the bottom of the grill which can turn into an overflow if it isn’t cleaned. This can cause a fire hazard. Plus, theres a huge chance the melted fat would leak and end up making stains on your patio or concrete that’s almost impossible to get out.
- Accumulation of bacteria. Residues on the grill tend to get bad and have bacteria if left for a long time without cleaning. The area below the lid, where grease and fats mostly accumulate, isn’t as nearly hot as the burners. This may not be enough to kill the bacteria. This is why you should do thorough cleaning including some disassembly.
- Grills make really good rodent homes. They’re quiet, dark, perfect size and even offer tasty greasy food if you forgot to clean your grills. This can get disgusting very quick because the rodent would most probably leave feces and urine wherever they’ve been. If you don’t want to be smoking your meat with rat droppings, you should definitely clean your grills with thoroughness.
- Routine cleaning can help you spot any damage. Cleaning a grill is more than just scraping the leftover residue off you grates but also a chance for you to look under the hood and make sure that everything is working properly.
How Often Should You Clean Your Grates?
Nobody wants the task but as a grill owner that’s one of the most important things to do. So, Guilty Carnivore, how often should I clean my grill you may ask.
Well, how often you clean it depends on how much you use your grill. You should do a simple clean after every use. Its best to do it after your grill cools down after cooking.
But after every 2 months, you should do a thorough cleaning. This involves disassembling your grill down to the burners, inspecting the gas flow, looking for built up residue and checking for signs of rust.
Tips for Cleaning Your Grates.
Before you start, determine whether your grates are made of stainless steel, porcelain or cast iron. How you clean and what product you use depends on the materials your grill grates are made of.
- Heat the grill just before cleaning – Fire up the grill to high for 10 -15 minutes to burn off any residue and make the grease and food scrape off easily.
- Disconnect the propane.
- If you like to clean your grill with soap and water, make sure to rinse and dry immediately to prevent rusting of the grates.
- To remove grit on the grill, rub an onion onto it.
- Scrub thoroughly under the hood and the inside walls using a grill brush to remove oil, smoke and food particles.
- Use vinegar or a grill spray. This is an option to using soapy water.
If you follow the above instructions and keep cleaning your grates regularly, you should have a healthy grill for years.
Don’t forget to use good grill cleaning tools and accessories as they’re just as important.
Also, when deep cleaning, check out your grill cleaning guide to ensure you haven’t missed a spot. Now, how do you clean a kamado grill?…that a totally different story.