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There is no such thing as a summer party without grilling! Although burgers, steaks, and sausages sound wonderful, guests don't want to eat meat that tastes like burnt onions or charcoal. To guarantee a huge success and delicious food, it's an excellent idea to give your grill a deep cleaning, safety check, and preparation a couple of days before the party.
Did you know that grills are so popular that, according to the Hearth, Patio, & Barbecue Association (HPBA), 70% of Americans own a grill? The most popular grill is a gas grill, which is not surprising. Regardless of how frequently you use your gas grill, you should include routine cleaning to your list of "To Dos."
Whether you're an experienced griller or not, take a look at our list of tips below to discover how to quickly and effectively clean your grill.
Why is it important?
Since the meat has a distinctive smokey flavor, many people believe that cleaning the grill is not necessary. That is wrong. First of all, it is necessary to clean your grill to kill bacteria and germs. Bacteria can be found on unclean surfaces, food that is tainted, and could make you feel unwell. That is the last thing you need after enjoying a good meal. Bonus, cleaning your grill before grilling enhances flavor and taste of your food!
The flavor of your food can change if your grill is unclean. Also, cleaning your grill increases effectiveness. Grease buildup on the burners might make it difficult for the grill to heat to cooking temperatures. When cooking, a clean grill will heat up more quickly and allow heat to be distributed more evenly.
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How long will it take to clean the grill?
Don't give up on cleaning your grill just because you think it's time-consuming. A thorough, seasonal cleaning should take between 30 to 60 minutes (depending on the type of grill) to complete.
Get the right equipment before cleaning.
If you don't have the necessary tools, cleaning can take a long time or be ineffective. Collect your cleaning products and relocate your grill to a location where greasy or soapy water won't stain or damage the surface it's sitting on. Gloves are always advised. Still, if you’re not sure about what to get here are some essentials:
- Rubber gloves
- Dawn Dishwashing Liquid and Hot Water
- Grill Stone or Grill Brush
- Cleaning Cloths
- A 2" bench scraper or putty knife
- Pipe Cleaners (for gas grill owners)
Use the best and proven effective cleaning products.
You may be sure that you will enjoy cleaning the grill frequently if you have the right product. Numerous tools and gadgets are available for cleaning grills online or at your neighborhood hardware shop, but nothing beats the amazing Q-SWIPER Grill Brush and Q-SWIPER BBQ Grill Cleaning Wipes from the best subscription box, BREO BOX!
You'll be prepared for the perfect summertime BBQ with the Q-SWIPER Grill Brush and Q-SWIPER BBQ Grill Cleaning Wipes. Cleaning a barbecue is simple with the Q-SWIPER BBQ Grill Cleaning Wipes and Grill Brush using the attached Stainless Steel Scraper. No matter what kind of meat you grill or how frequently you use it, cleaning the grill is a must.
Grease stains, germs, mold, and other contaminants that might contaminate your food and eventually make you sick, can all be removed with the Q-SWIPER® thanks to its wealth of features. The potent Omni-Directional 3D Cleaning Nodules help scrub away thick grill filth, while the moist food-safe tough cleaning wipes clean and absorb grease from grilling surfaces. You'll notice that your food is considerably tastier.
How to clean your grill easily with Q-SWIPER.
Step 1 Take a wet Q-SWIPER® Wipe out of the packaging and set it on the brush pad's bottom face that has the omnidirectional cleaning nodules on it.
Step 2 Center the grill brush in the center of the cloth. To hold the wipe in place, wrap each side around our safe grill brush and tuck them into the four rubber inserts.
Step 3 While the grill is still cool, use the stainless steel scraper to remove food debris that has been burned on and adhered to it.
Step 4 Use the grill scraper's side grill grooves to clean the grill grates in-between the grill bars (depending on the grill style). To prevent chipping the porcelain coating, avoid using the grill scraper on grills that have that coating.
Step 5 Wipe the grill clear of dirt, grease, and debris with a stiff cloth.
Step 6 Remove the wipe, using the clean portion to clean the grill scraper, then throw away the soiled Q-SWIPER® Wipe. You are now prepared to enjoy the superior-tasting meals that your grill is ready to produce!
Safety is the most important thing when you start to clean the grill. Disconnect the supply hose from the tank after making sure the propane tank valve is closed. Turn off the valve and remove the supply hose from the grill if your gas barbecue uses natural gas.
Use only cleansers that you would use on your dishes! Keep in mind that no surface that comes into touch with food should ever be cleaned with a powerful industrial degreaser (typically used in auto body shops). When heated or in contact with your food, it is caustic and can seriously injure you. Make sure to wear gloves and only clean your grill when it is cool.
Grill Grate Cleaning Hint.
Set your grill to the maximum temperature setting to begin the procedure. Run it for 10 to 15 minutes so that any residual food is burned off. Use a bristleless scraper to get rid of the carbonized waste after it's finished. When the grates are cool, remove them and soak them in soapy water overnight for thorough cleaning.
The grill grates on the majority of grills will either be made of stainless steel or will be covered with porcelain enamel. For grills made of stainless steel, you should use a steel grill brush with strong bristles. When cleaning the enamel-coated grill grates, you should always use a softer copper.
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The most common way to clean a grill.
To begin, take off the control knobs on your grill and clean the area around them. Remove any grease and grime by manually wiping each knob. Clean all of your grills outside surfaces using grill cleaner, paying close attention to places that are particularly prone to grime buildup near the cook box.
If your grill is made of stainless steel, finish by using stainless steel wipes to clean the exterior of the entire device. You can also fill a bucket with clean water and add a few drops of dish soap. Now use a sizable kitchen sponge and dip into the bucket, then clean the grill’s entire outside. Avoid using steel wool, metal sponges, and coarse scouring pads on finished surfaces as they might scratch them. Use incredibly absorbent microfiber towels to clean and dry all surfaces after washing the grill's exterior.
After cleaning, think about where to store the grill because the place where it stands also depends on whether it will be dusty and full of bugs. To keep your barbecue clean and weatherproof, invest in a grill cover or store it in a garage or shed. You may simply cover your barbecue with a plastic tarp if you don't want to spend the money on a special cover.