How to Really Clean your Bar-B-Que

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Grilling has plenty of benefits, including a healthy way to prepare food, delicious taste and a lack of mess in the kitchen. However, over time, a grill can have its own share of mess to clean up after, thanks to the variety of juices and sauces that drip from the food onto the grill or around the base of the bar-b-que. Cleaning a grill is important to maintain the life of the product, so it's advised to wipe away buildup frequently to ensure you have a long-lasting grill.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Wire brush
  • Dish detergent
  • Stiff-bristled brush
  • Cloth
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Put on rubber gloves before cleaning the grill. Cleaning the bar-b-que is a messy job due to the amount of soot and buildup around the grates and base of the grill.

  • Scrub the grates with a wire brush. With stubborn food bits or burned sauce, heat the grill up for a few minutes to soften the buildup, and then scrub away with the wire brush to clean. After each use, scrub food and sauce off the grill while the grates are still hot for easy maintenance.

  • Wipe down the grates and entire grill with an equal part solution of hot water and grease-fighting dish detergent. Dip a stiff-bristled brush into the soapy water and scrub the grates and inside of the grill to remove greasy deposits. Wipe thoroughly with a dry cloth.

  • Spray the entire inside and outside of the grill with a nonstick cooking spray. The oil in the spray reduces the occurrence of rust around the entire grill, especially the burners, and prevents food from sticking to the grates or base after grilling. Spray the grill after each use to protect it from rust or further buildup.

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