Cleaning your grill every time you use it is a must if you want your food to taste its best, whether you are a year-round barbecue enthusiast or a seasonal grill master.
In reality, grill cleaning is about more than just preparing your cooking surface and ensuring it releases food for turning. It’s a question of food and fire safety. The black residue that builds up on your grill’s cooking surface contains carcinogens that can have significant health implications if transferred to your food. The residue may also catch on fire, which can be costly and even deadly.
A concern beyond basic aesthetics is also the bits of food leftover from a previous grilling session. Bacteria will grow on food left to smolder, so after each grilling session, and again before the next cookout, scrub those bars and grates clean, just for good measure.
Cleaning your grill properly also helps to protect the hardware by avoiding corrosion and rust, which, of course, pose additional health risks.
Here are ten grilling accessories that will make cleaning a breeze.
Grill Cleaning FAQ
Q: How often should I clean my grill?
A: We recommend at the bare minimum that BBQ cleaning be done once a year. However, a lot of it depends on how often you like to use your grill. Deep cleaning should once every 18 months.
Q: How does cleaning my grill protect it?
A: Barbecues are expensive, and if not maintained, they will more easily break down, corrode, and rust. Think of all those burnt pieces of meat that have fallen through the grates. Dirty BBQ’s also can grow mold and attract rodents. Old grease and dirt that is built up can clog your vents and cause other issues including grease fires. BBQ cleaning can protect your investment and prolong the life of your grill while also giving you a cleaner and more hygienic way of grilling.
Q: What kind of cleaners should I use?
A: You can use a high foaming, high pH solution that breaks up grease and gives your grill the cleaning you need without the use of harmful chemicals. De-greasers can break down oils, biofilms, grease, proteins, and carbohydrate deposits and some are 100% Bio-degradable.