Cooking with a dirty grill is not only nasty, it is purely dangerous. Built-in fats and pieces of food are a cause of flare-ups (or full-fledged fires). In addition, awesome grille surfaces also give unpleasant flavors to the food and get in the way of the lovely wound marks.
This guide will go through the steps to keep the grill properly and safely. Not only will your food taste better, you will help your outdoor cooker perform his best and last longer. In my case, I served a propane-fueled grill, but most of the advice I give also covers coal grills.
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first Open it, pull it apart
First you have to open the grill and remove its various parts. In this way you will have access to the main barbecue room. Typically, under the grids, this is where heavy food particles tend to fall and lubricate the dripping land.
Start with a cold grill. Open the hood, remove the grill grille and set it aside. Some propane gas models also have one or more metal heat drives that rest over the burners. If your grill has them, take them out as well.
2nd Clean inside the grill box
Many fat and food particles tend to collect inside the grill's interior, also known as the "barbecue box". Use a cheap filler knife (metal or plastic) or an old spatula to scrape the sides of the grill chamber free from as much gunk as possible.
A thin, flat tool will do. Just make sure it gives a good surface or handle for grip. You may also want to consider getting a pair of work gloves, because this has to be a dirty job.
3rd Clearing the Burners
If you have a gas grill, a part that often gets clogged, is the burner tubes. A symptom of dirty burners is reduced flame size. They can also burn with an orange color instead of the usual blue. Both indicate abnormally low temperatures and an underpowered grill.
Usually a gas grill has several burners, although some may only have one. Use a nylon or steel wire brush to gently clean the small holes on the tubes. Be sure to brush from the center of the pipe outward, moving sideways (not up and down). Otherwise, you can push debris into the tube or holes instead of clearing them.
4th Clean the grille
Reinstall the grill and then turn it on to the highest temperature setting and close the hood. There may also be a level of cleaning on your burner. After a few minutes, open the lid and scrape the gates strongly with a brush-free metal brush. One that I particularly like is $ 15 Grill Bristleless Scraper from Taylor. This brush has several surfaces and edges to attack and remove dirt from the grill grille. It even has a practical bottle opener.
According to Taylor, you can find this tool in the stores, and it is also sold online by Amazon. If you can't wait that long, use a nylon brush, but be sure to do this only when the grill is cold. Another option is $ 15 Sumpri Grill Brush and Scratch. It is made of stainless steel and is also brush-free. While I haven't used it personally, it seems to be popular with Amazon shoppers.
5th Prevent future build-up
Some methods can help prevent dirt and dirt from forming in the first place. One method is to taste the grill on your hot grill with a little cooking oil just before you start cooking. In the same vein, your grill grills with a spatula scrub another tactic you can try. If you have a barbecue brush without a brush, it is a good idea to scrape your hot gates both before and after grilling.
Another tactic is to scrub hot grill grills with the open side of a sliced (in half) onion. The idea here is that it seasons the grass while adding moisture. Organic compounds are probably also released, breaking down stubborn fat and dirt. I have found that it is not as effective as scrubbing, but it really creates a wonderful smell.
Of course, a full cleaning every month is the best way to enjoy a barbecue that is spic and cereal. A little elbow fat goes a long way.