Regardless of your hometown’s climate, outdoor gas grill cooking can be a four-season endeavor. Just remember to keep your grill clean.
According to Weber’s annual GrillWatch Survey, less than 40% of grill owners clean their equipment with any bit of frequency, and 6 percent admit they’ve never cleaned their grill at all.
There are three main reasons to keep a clean grill. The first is that a clean, well-maintained grill will have a longer useful life than a dirty, sloppy one. Grills can be expensive and it’s often less costly to maintain them than to replace them. And if you need some new grills, you may look here for more options.
The second reason to keep a clean grill is for sanitary reasons. Over time — especially when exposed to the elements — a grill’s finish can deteriorate and/or retained cooked foodstuffs. This can create a breeding ground for germs and disease.
And, lastly, a clean grill helps cooked foods taste better.
So, whether you’ve cleaned your equipment recently or never at all, it’s always a good time to freshen up your grill. Here’s how to do it, quickly :
- Remove the grates. Soak them in soapy water. Scrub foodstuffs using a wire brush. Allow to dry.
- Remove loose debris from bottom of grill.
- Using soapy solution, scrub grill’s surfaces, grill pans, and grease trays. Don’t forget the lid.
- Clean outside of grill with mild soap solution, treating rust areas with cooking oil.
- Look for broken, cracked or faulty equipment, specifically burners and ignitors. Replace as necessary.
Then, as a last step, re-assemble your grill and turn its burners to high for 10 minutes. This will burn off excess water in the grill and help to sanitize it.
Cleaning a gas grill is a 20-30 minute process. The results, however, are long-lasting.