Tips to Clean your Grill After a BBQ
BBQ season is one of the most enjoyable times of the year. When springtime comes and the weather starts to heat up, you know it’s the perfect moment to invite friends and family and grill some good, juicy steaks. But when your BBQ is over you’re left with one of the most tedious and difficult tasks: cleaning your grill. Check out these handy tips and never suffer while cleaning the aftermath of your family gatherings again.
Unless you have a huge, professional grill, odds are the hotplates of your grill can fit perfectly in a standard dishwasher. All you have to do is place them carefully inside and set your dishwasher to a pot wash cycle. We highly recommend washing your plates while they’re still hot, this way they’ll come out as new.
The popular onion method
This is one of the most popular methods for people who want to give their grills a quick clean before starting to grill all over again. When your grill is still considerably hot, take an onion and slice it in half. Either by hand using a heat-resistant glove or with a fork, slide the straight side of the onion against the grill. The water in the onion will evaporate and promote a deep cleaning on your grill.
Sometimes it feels like you don’t even remember what your grill looked like when it was new. For a deep, deep cleaning, all you have to do is brew a fresh pot of coffee and pour it into a very large glass or metal container (to avoid further staining). Let the grates from your grill cool down and remove them, then dip them in the coffee for about an hour. The acid in the coffee is capable of breaking down grease, dirt and even sticky sauce.
BBQ’s most popular drink can also help you clean the mess after the party! Take a can of beer and pour it directly over the grates of your grill while it’s still hot, then scrub energetically with a piece of balled up newspaper or a wire brush. The more you scrub the shinier it’ll be.
Grilling tools are super fancy and they come in handy at times, but they can also cost big bucks and take up a lot of space. If you don’t have a wire brush to clean the grates of your grill, just take a sheet of tin foil and roll it into a tight ball. Hold the tin foil ball with a pair of thongs -since the grates are most likely to still be hot- and rub it against the grates to brush off debris and burnt food.
Baking SodaBaking soda is everybody’s best friend when it comes to easy cleaning and home remedies. Sprinkle a bunch of baking soda all over the grates and take another teaspoon to mix it with water. Using this mix, take a hard brush or sponge and dip it in the mix to scrub thoroughly on the grates. Your grill will end up sparkling!
Don’t forget that a clean grill will last you longer and make up for better and tastier meals. It’s also important to protect your grill from the outside so you might want to consider a water-resistant cover.