Cleaning Your BBQ Grill
Cleaning grills is essential. There are things that build up throughout the full unit that need to be cleaned out for optimum performance. It also kills bacteria, helps improve food flavor, and increases the life span. Less build-up, fewer bacteria, turns into the reduction of flare-ups and soot.
Cleaning grills also remove carcinogens. It’s important to remove harmful carcinogens and charred food particles that can be transferred to food.
No matter how often you use your gas grill, cleaning it regularly is a must. Before getting into cleaning tips- let’s go over some general safety tips:
- The 10- foot rule: grills should be kept 10-feet away from structures- this includes sheds and carports.
- Stable surfaces for BBQ grill placement: a grill should not be ignited if not on a stable surface.
- Don’t overload the grill with food: too much fat and flesh dripping onto the grill can cause flames.
- Make sure the charcoal embers are out: sometimes, charcoal embers appear to be out but are not.
Breaking Down Your Grill for Cleaning
There are multiple parts of the grill that should be inspected and cleaned:
Cleaning the grates: turn on your grill to the highest temperature setting and allow it to run 10-15 minutes. This allows leftover food to burn. Use a bristleless scraper to remove the residue/debris
Cleaning the lid: the lid buildup of soot will look like paint chipping. Cleaning the lid will help with efficiency and will improve flavor.
Cleaning cobwebs: it’s best to use a wet and dry vacuum to suck up the cobwebs or other debris that may be in or on your grill.
Other cleaning considerations include: grills fittings, tubes, and connections The tubes should have no: bug build-up, grease build-up, or food build-up.
It’s important to pay close attention to the care that your grill may need. For overall safety and for overall food quality, cleaning your grill a few times a year minimum is responsible.