When warm weather arrives, we all want to roll our Weber barbecues out of storage and start using them every day. Before firing up that grill, it’s important to remove dust, grime, and last season’s char.
Your grill will work more efficiently if it’s clean, and your food will look more attractive and taste better.
Things You'll Need
- Garden hose and water supply
Non-lint terrycloth towels
Non-abrasive scouring pad
Wire grill brush
Small bucket of slightly soapy water
Spray bottle of mild glass cleaner
Spray bottle of stainless steel cleaner (for gas grills)
Fine steel wool pad (for the bottom grease tray in gas grills)
Paint scraper or putty knife (gas grills only)
First, hose off the outside frame, table and storage racks. If your cart has a storage tub for coals, remove it from the cart and hose it off inside and out, then reassemble the cart. Use a towel to wipe off water spots and any lingering leaf debris, dust or spider webs.
Use the sponge and soapy water to gently clean the exterior of the hood or lid. If there are sticky spots or persistent residue, use the glass cleaner and wipe dry with towels. For gas grills, use the stainless steel cleaner to clean any stainless steel sections –- wipe back and forth with the grain of the steel, then buff.
Check the inside of the lid -- there will probably be peeling layers of black, paper-like buildup. This is just smoke and char from previous grilling. Use the wire grill brush to scour off the residue, then gently scrub the inside of the lid with a scouring pad and soapy water. Wipe dry.
When using your grill, quickly clean the inside of the lid while it is warm, but before it gets hot with a damp rag. This will keep the inside of your lid clean all season long.
Next, clean your grill grate by brushing it with the wire brush. Stainless steel grills should be scrubbed in strokes parallel to the grates to prevent scratching. Remove the grill grates and Flavorizer Bars (in some gas models) and clean them with the scouring pad and warm soapy water. If the Flavorizer Bars have rusted through, they should be replaced.
In coal grills, rotate the ash blades in the bottom of the bowl back and forth to loosen any ash deposits and release it into the ash bucket. Remove and empty the ash bucket, then replace it on the barbecue.
Clean the bowl the same way as the lid -- use the wire brush to scrape away congealed grime and ash, and then finish by cleaning the bowl with a scouring pad and soapy water. Charcoal grill users can now reassemble the grill parts, and you’re ready to go. Gas grill owners have a little more work to do.
Next, use the wire brush to clean the burner tubes. Move the brush lengthwise in the same direction as the burner tube openings.
Remove the heat reflectors in the bottom of the gas grill (only in some models) and clean them the same way as the grates and Flavorizer Bars -- with the wire brush and then soapy water.
Look in the bottom of the cookbox for any buildup of food, grease or ash. Use the scraper to peel off and disgorge any pockets of grease and food into the removable pan at the bottom. Remove and empty the bottom pan. Scrape it clean and then clean it with warm soapy water and a fine steel wool pad.
Remove the drip pan and throw away the used aluminum liner. Wash the drip pan with soapy water, replace the liner with a new one, and reassemble your gas grill.
Now you’re all set! If you take good care of your grill, it will last longer and provide many more enjoyable meals for you and family.
While cleaning your grill, take an inventory in case you may need to order replacement parts.
Do not try to wash grill parts in the dishwasher -- the grease will clog your drains.