Quick & Easy Tips to Clean Your BBQ Grill Now

Katelyn Preston May 27, 2016

Summer is here and it's time to fire up the grill. But wait…if your BBQ has been sitting idle for months, it’s time to give it a proper cleaning! Not only will this make a huge difference to the final taste of your dish (trust us, a dirty grill can ruin your party), a clean grill will also make it safer and more hygienic for your family and guests to enjoy the food.

Cleaning your grill is actually simpler than you’d have thought. Here are some easy tips you can use to get your grill ready for the barbecue season.

Just one word of caution: make sure to disconnect the propane tank from the grill before doing any kind of cleaning that doesn’t involve heat or flame!

Burn Off the Dirt and Residue

This is perhaps the most non-fuss method of cleaning your BBQ grill bars. All you have to do is turn your grill on full heat. If you have a charcoal grill, throw in fresh some coals and let them reach red-hot temperature. Place the lid on and leave it for 15-20 minutes. This way, the grime and food particles stuck to the grill grates are nicely burned off. Now, wait for your grill to cool down and scrub off the bars with a steel brush.

Use Kitty Litter to Clean the Drip Tray

When cleaning the drip trays, you can save yourself a nasty job by soaking up grease using a BBQ grease absorbent mix or cat litter — which works just as good and typically costs less. When the absorbent mix or litter gets saturated with grease, simply remove it. Wash the trays with warm soapy water and there you have it — instantly clean drip trays in a matter of minutes.

Clean Your Grill With Vinegar

If you’re looking for a quick and easy method to lift off the grease and dirt from your grill, then this is a great tip to try. All you need is a spray bottle, lukewarm water, white table vinegar and a sheet of aluminum foil. Pour two cups of vinegar and two cups of water in a spray bottle and shake vigorously to mix well. Fold aluminum foil to make a 2-ince thick wad. Spray the water/vinegar mixture to coat the grates and surfaces on your grill. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Then, spray some of that mixture on the aluminum wad and scrub the grill clean. No rinsing needed!

Scrub the Inside Walls and Under the Hood

At this point, you’re pretty much done with most of the cleaning. A few minutes of scrubbing with a grill brush will remove the ash and debris from the inside walls and the underside of the hood. Remember to cover the heating elements with a big piece of foil to collect the dirt you’d be scrubbing off. Wipe the walls with a damp cotton cloth.

Make Regular Cleaning a Habit

Sure, cleaning your BBQ grill is no fun but when you do so after every use, you’re not only preventing food from sticking to the grates but also making it less stressful for you to clean it. Post-use, let the grill cool down and scrub off the grease and food particles using a warm soap solution and wire brush. Let the grill dry, spray the bars with a thin coat of cooking oil, and wipe off with a cotton cloth. This simple routine will ensure that you never have to spend too much time cleaning your grill.

With these easy tips up your sleeve, your grill cleaning will no longer be a time-consuming chore and you’ll be able to enjoy your summer cookouts even more!