How to Clean Grill Grates in a Self-cleaning Oven


From backyard barbecuers to five-star chefs, cooks throughout the world have elevated grilling to a fine art. Upholding high grilling standards includes cleanliness. Excessive use can leave a grill grate caked with grease and stuck-on matter, which transfer to foods being cooked, possibly compromising the flavor and appearance of the finished items. Take much of the work out of maintaining a grill by burning off hard-to-remove gunk from a grill grate in the heat of a self-cleaning oven.

Things You'll Need

  • Grill brush
  • Natural oven and grill cleaner
  • Sponge or cloth
  • Remove as much stuck-on matter as possible from the grill grate by scrubbing it with a grill brush.

  • Spray the grill grate with natural, fume-free oven and grill cleaner. Allow the grill cleaner to soak for the time indicated in the grill cleaner directions then wipe down the grill grate with a damp sponge or cloth.

  • Clean any spills or loose matter from inside the oven before beginning the self-cleaning process.

  • Open windows and doors in the home to allow for smoke ventilation during the cleaning process.

  • Place the grill grate on an oven rack and set the oven to self-cleaning mode. Run self-cleaning for at least two hours.

  • Allow the oven to cool for two hours. Remove the grill grate and wipe it down with a damp sponge or cloth. Remove any ash from the oven floor and wipe down the oven walls.

  • Season the grill grate. Rub steel grates with cooking oil. Rub cast iron grates with shortening.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consult the user's manual for the grill before placing grates in the self-cleaning oven to ensure that the manufacturer does not advise against such practices. Consult the user's manual for the oven as well, as some manufacturers require removing the oven racks.


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