Summer is here, and backyard barbecues are soon to be in full swing! Before you fire up the grill, take time to maintain your equipment properly so that the fun can continue for years to come. Check out our tips below to get your grill in shape for summer.
Remove all of the ash and leftover charcoal debris from the grill using a stainless-steel brush, then you’re ready to wipe down the exterior and interior. Using warm, soapy water (dawn dish detergent works fine), clean it thoroughly with an old rag or a grill brush and rinse well with water.
Heat it up and wipe it down! Turn all of the burners to high, let it burn off any leftover food or residue, then let it cool and wipe all of the grates down with an appropriate brush. Be careful with any ceramic grates, as they are more easily damaged. A little elbow grease goes a long way!
Regularly check the lines for leaks by pouring soapy water along the outside of the line with the propane on to see if any soap bubbles form as the gas flows inside the line. Then, you’ll know that there’s a leak, and you can tighten the connection or replace the line as needed.
It’s a good idea to clean your pellet grill after every bag of pellets. Be sure to clean the lid, empty all of the components out and scrub them to get the residue off. Be sure to scrape (with a putty knife) around the inside of the barrel and the chimney, as well as the drip tray, grease chute, and any vents. If you have grates that break apart, they can be washed in the dishwasher or use a nylon brush on cold grates that do not break apart. Then wipe down the exterior and reassemble to fire up the grill!
Because of their unique design, electric grills need special care. Only clean these with the power off and once the grill has cooled. Don’t use any kind of metal scrubbing pad to clean, as metal bristles could fall off and damage the grill or result in an electric shock. Use warm soapy water to wipe the temperature controller and the power cord and completely dry before use. Remove grease from the bowl liner and wash with warm, soapy water. Brush the grates carefully with a stainless-steel brush (making sure no bristles are loose or damaged) and reassemble once dry to use.
General tips for grilling season:
- Use only wire brushes in good condition so that the metal bristles don’t stick to the grates and get into your food.
- Covers are important to keep your grill protected from the elements and from additional dirt and grime outside.
- Always be sure to read the instructions on all cleaning items used, from brushes to the cleaning products, to ensure that they are the best for your grill type and materials.