It’s summertime and grilling season is in full swing!
Here in the Midwest, grilling is a revered ritual. Of course, you can cook outside all year, but there is nothing quite like firing up the grill on weekends and summer evenings and enjoying great food and drinks with your family and friends.
However, you can’t cook out if your grill isn’t properly maintained. Cleaning – both before and after you use the grill – is a basic, but key part of maintenance.
You can find grill cleaners and various helpful tools at most hardware stores. But there are some other ways to accomplish the same goal with things you may have your home already. All you will need are a few items and some elbow grease to effectively clean your grill. Here’s how:
- Fire up the grill and close the lid. Let it come up to cooking temperature to fully heat up the grates. Then shut it off (or let the charcoal burn out) and let it cool. But while it’s still warm, use a basic wire brush and a bucket of warm water and dish soap and scrub the grates clean. This will remove any food particles and built up char.
- Remove the grates and soak them in a bucket(s) of warm water and dish soap for about an hour. This will break up any remaining greasy residue on the grates and allow the liquid to deep clean the grate surfaces. Once you remove the grates from the bucket and rinse them, give them another quick brushing to remove any stubborn particles.
- While the grates are out of the grill, use a shop-vac or your vacuum cleaner attachment inside the grill to suck up any ash and food particles that have fallen through the grates. This will improve airflow, and maximize the efficiency of the grill’s heat when it’s lit.
These are just a few basic tips to help you prepare – and maintain – your grill. With proper care, you and your family and friends will enjoy cooking out all summer long! For more great grilling tips, visit our website or call us at 815-288-7841.
Ace Hardware & Outdoor Center
900 N Galena Ave
Dixon, IL 61021