Memorial Day weekend is here! You know what that means: gatherings with family, friends and sumptuous grilled Meat House food! If you have not given your grill a thorough deep cleaning in a while, now is the time to do it. Your guests don’t want to taste the cilantro lime shrimp from last fall and the ribs from last summer (though I bet they were tasty at the time!).
In temperate and cool climates people grill year round. At what point do you take the time to scrub down the grill? Good question. We recommend maintaining your grill every Spring and Fall. Add this chore (or bonding time with your faithful grill) to your Spring and Fall cleaning list; it only takes 15 minutes (for a gas grill, and even less time for a charcoal grill!).
What you need:
- Work gloves (optional)
- Dish soap
- Paper towels or rags
- Sturdy grill brush
- Cooking oil
- Fill a bucket two-thirds full with hot soapy water
- Turn off the gas (on the grill and at the tank connection)
- If you are able to, pull the temperature knobs off and drop them in the bucket of hot soapy water to soak
- Remove the grates and the metal plates under the grates. Put them in the bucket of hot soapy water
- Cover the heating elements for the grill with tin foil (so water and residue do not get in)
- Using a stiff wire brush, gently scrub the inside surfaces of the grill and grill cover
- Clean out ash and residue from around the burner, careful to make sure the burner is in place when finished cleaning
- Remove and dump the drip pan’s debris into the trash
- Put the drip pan into the bucket of hot soapy water
- Using soapy water or a gentle cleaner, clean all external surfaces of the grill. If needed, use a stronger kitchen cleaner for those tough to clean spots
- Remove the grill grates and drip pan from the soapy water and give them a good scrub down! Use some elbow grease on them, they likely need it!
- Rinse the grates and drip pan off with clean water
- Rub grates down lightly with cooking oil (using either a cloth or spray)
- Remove the tinfoil covering the heating elements and discard
- Assemble the grill
- Turn on the gas and fire it up!
Now you are ready to grill up some Meat House goodies like wings, ribs, burgers and the ever-so-tasty steak tips. So what are you waiting for? Get grilling!