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Cleaning Your Barbecue Grill

Yep, the fun time’s over! Now that summer’s coming to an end, it’s almost time to bid adieu to your backyard buddy until the next barbecue season. But it wouldn’t be fair to your grill-friend if you didn’t it a proper farewell before sending it away for a whole year. Those flavourful chars on your burgers and steaks, that you look so cool flipping, produce carbon deposits on different parts of your grill (grates, hood, interior of the firebox, burner tube). Grease/sauces can stick to these deposits, creating home for bacteria, and causing the grill to heat unevenly.


 Here are some steps to easily clean your grill and make sure that it will be good to go in the next season:

  1. Soak the grates

Disconnect the propane tank once the grill is cool. Take out the grates, the metal plates under them, as well as the drip pan, and soak them in a bucket with hot water and dishwashing soap.

  1. Scrub the insides of the hood

Cover the heating elements of the barbecue with aluminum foil to avoid any debris falling inside. Use the grill/wire brush to scrub the insides of the hood and the walls above the heating elements. After you are done scrubbing, wipe everything down with damp paper towels.

  1. Scrub and rinse the grates

Take everything out of the soaking bucket, scrub them thoroughly with the metal brush, and rinse them with a garden hose.

  1. Clean the outsides

Wipe the exterior of the grill with a fresh bucket of warm water and dishwashing soap.

  1. Re-place everything

Toss the foil covering, wipe the heating elements, re-place the grates, metal plates, and the drip pan, and re-connect the propane.


I like my cleaned-out grill the way I like my steak, well done! If you do too, make sure you follow these steps.


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Published by Peter from Goemans on Wednesday, August 18th