No matter what the seasons, it’s always a good time to grill. Here are some tips to keep your barbeque clean – and safe – throughout the year.
- Clean lightly after every use by turning the heat on high until the grill no longer smokes from burning the food residue (approximately 10 minutes). The remaining grease and food particles will turn to ash and be easier to remove.
- Scrub the grilling grates with a steel grill brush. This is easier to accomplish when the grates are still warm from the previous step. For more thorough cleaning, use a sponge with soapy water.
- Degrease the cook box. The cook box will collect grease and food particles – which is a fire hazard and a source where bacteria can grow. Use a brush and soapy water to clean, pushing the excess grease into the collecting bottom tray. Then remove the collecting tray and throw out the grease and debris.
- Clean the exterior of the grill with soapy water, or if you have a stainless-steel grill, you can use a stainless-steel cleaner.
- Keep your grill covered to protect it from the outside elements.
NOTE: The above are general recommendations. Always follow your manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning, maintenance and repair.