Introduction: How to Clean Your Grill

About: Jeff Hillyard is a BBQ & Grilling blogger living and cookin' in Newfoundland, Canada.

So, spring is in the air. For many people that also means that it is now BBQ/Grilling season (not me, BBQ season opens Jan. 1 and closes on Dec. 31, amirite?).

Regardless, if you neglected to clean your grill before you put it away, here are some handy tips to get her shiny and new in less than an hour!

Step 1: Assemble Your Tools

You will need:

  • Bucket of hot water and regular dish liquid
  • Rags that you do not mind throwing away
  • Grill brush *Pro Tip* - Once you've used your brush to clean your grill, dispose of it and replace with a shiny new one!

Step 2: Remove Your Grill Grates, Propane Tank, Etc

Remove your grates and any other parts that are not bolted to your grill. These can be cleaned separately.

Step 3: Scrape Out the Inside of Your Grill With Your Grill Brush

Use your brush to remove the hardened grease and carbon.

*Pro Tip* - my grill has a large hole in the bottom for grease to collect in a disposable tray. Brush all the carbon and dry grease into this tray and throw away after.

Step 4: Clean the Outside

Close your lid, and with your wash the outside of your grill with your rag.

Wash from the top down.

Step 5: Wash Inside of Grill

Use a lot of soapy water to clean down the inside of the grill. If you have any spots that are stubborn, wet your grill brush and use it to break up the grease and carbon.

The first picture was after about 15 minutes of scrubbing. At that point I got a fresh pail of water and a fresh rag and scrubbed for about 10 more minutes.

Step 6: Clean Your Grill Grates

Place your grates directly inside the pail of water and scrub with the grill brush and rag.

Step 7: Re-assemble Your Grill

Place your grates back in place, as well as any other parts you may have taken off in the beginning. Clean as needed.

Step 8: Fire It Up and Grill

Make sure all connections are correct and light up your grill.

Then grab a cocktail, sit back and cook up something tasty!

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