To keep your grill performing and functioning at its best, it is vital that you keep it clean. You don’t want a bunch of grease built-up before having guests over for a pool party. The method that you use to clean and maintain your grill depends on what type you have.
The functionality of your grill is dependant on being properly cleaned and maintained. How you do this depends on if you have a charcoal, gas, or pellet grill. Here are the top ways to keep each style of grill clean so you can make every season grilling season.
How to Clean a Gas Grill
To clean a gas grill, you’ll want to start by gathering a grill brush (or other course cleaning brush), cleaning rags, soapy water.
- First things first–always turn off the gas to your grill before cleaning! You can also detach the tank from your grill.
- Remove grill grates so you can thoroughly clean then by scrubbing them with your grill brush.
- Clean anything on the burners, such as lava stones, ceramic briquettes, or metal heat tents. Clean burner tubes, as well as gas ports.
- Clean the outside of your grill with hot soapy water and a cleaning rag.
- Empty and clean the grease collection tray. Make sure to properly dispose of grease–never pour it down any drain. Your grease tray needs to be checked every time you grill to help prevent fires.
- Wipe everything dry and put your grill back together and oil your grates prior to cooking.
How to Clean a Charcoal Grill
Just like with the gas grill, you’ll need a grill brush, cleaning rags, and some hot, soapy water to clean your charcoal grill.
- Remove the grill grate if possible. Scrub with your grill brush. You can also use a wadded up piece of aluminum foil to help remove any remaining gunk or debris that remains on the grate.
- Empty the ash catcher and then clean the bottom and lid of your grill using hot soapy water and a cleaning rag.
- Put your grill back together and oil the grates before grilling your next delicious meal.
ProTip: A warm grill makes grill grates easier to clean!
How to Clean a Pellet Grill
Because pellet grills are equipped with electronic components, it is imperative that you keep your grill dry to keep it functioning properly. This is especially important for the inside of your grill.
- Warm up your grill to about 200 degrees. Close the lid and let it sit about ten minutes, loosening grease and leftover foods.
- Using a grill brush, clean the grates thoroughly.
- Remove and empty the ash container. Clean it before or after each time you use it.
- Remove the drip tray and dispose of oil as recommended. Again, never discard oil down drains.
- After you remove the drip tray, remove the heat deflector tray, as well, so you can clean the fire pot. There is a lot of ash that accumulates here, so use a shop-vac or vacuum cleaner to such out the ash from the interior of your pellet grill.
- Replace the heat deflector tray, drip tray, and grill grates.
- Using soap and water on a damp cloth, clean the outside of your grill. Remember not to use too much water, as not to ruin the electric parts of your smoker.
- Remove your chimney cap and clean it with a damp cloth.
Keeping Your Grill Working at Peak Performance
By keeping your grill clean you can be sure that your grill will be safe to use and runs effectively. A grill should be cleaned frequently, especially if you use it often.
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If you are looking for a new grill, it’s important to know which type will best suit your grilling needs. With grill options like the gas, pellet, and charcoal, you need to learn the difference between them in order to decide how they will each fit your lifestyle and budget.
With so many grill options, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. They each have their different uses, prices, and cooking times. You also need to consider the size and space you have to cook in, and which one will best suit your cooking needs. Here is some more information on the difference between gas, pellet, and charcoal grills to help you make your decision.
Gas grills are the most commonly bought grills these days. They offer good flavor, quick heating time, and convenience. There are different sizes available depending on your available space and uses propane or a natural gas line to heat and cook your food. With a push of a button, your grill is ready to use in less than ten minutes.
ProTip: A gas grill is perfect for the frequent griller and many models come with side cooktops, rotisserie kits, and multiple burners.
Pellet grills have been around for quite some time, but their popularity has exploded in the past few years. A pellet grill burns hardwood pellets made from wood scraps and gives your food a delicious hardwood, smoky flavor. These grills have a side hopper in which you place your pellets, and the “hot rod” inside ignites the pellets. Wood pellet grills are very versatile and can also be used as a smoker. These grills tend to be a little more pricey than charcoal grills,
Charcoal grills offer better flavor than a gas grill but don’t have the woody smoked flavor of a pellet grill. Unlike the other grills, these grills use charcoal briquettes or lump charcoal, which takes time to get the fire going. Getting a charcoal grill ready for cooking can take up to 30 minutes, and then unlike gas grills, you can’t just turn them off when you are done. Charcoal grills are less expensive to purchase up front, but the cost of charcoal can add up over time.
Choosing the Right Grill for You
There are different perks and advantages to gas, pellet, and charcoal grill types, which is best for you depends on your wants and needs. Make sure to honestly consider what you want to get out of a grill: How quickly do you want your meals cooked? How much time and effort do you want to put forth? And what type of flavor are you looking for? And, what kind of space do you have? Asking these questions can help you make the right decision.
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