How to Clean a Gas Barbecue

A clean grill is key to mastering the art of barbecuing. Learn how to clean a gas barbecue in a few easy steps.

Barbecue Cleaning 101

If your grill has been sitting covered in storage for a few months, it could likely use some TLC before you fire it up for the season. Dust and bits of old, charred food don’t make for the best seasonings, so it’s a good idea to clean away the remnants of last year’s cookouts before you get grilling this year. Plus, it’s the perfect time to inspect all the parts of your barbecue to make sure everything is in good working condition.

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Cleaning Your Gas Barbecue

Step 1: Take it all apart
Disconnect the propane or fuel source, take off the propane tank, and close the valves. Next, pull off the cooking grates and set them aside, then take a moment to inspect the burners thoroughly. A clogged burner will give off uneven heat; so clean it if you need to (if you can’t clean it, replace it). Lastly, remove your heat-retention elements: lava rocks, ceramic bricks or sheet metal reflectors.
 
Step 2: Soak the cooking grates
If you’re looking for a natural cleaning solution, soak your grates in a mixture of water and vinegar. Tip: do not soak your grates in a sink. Grates tend to be very greasy, which could clog your pipes. Use a large bucket, and soak your grates outside where a splash or two of greasy water won’t harm anything.
 
Step 3: Scrape off the grime
While your grates soak, it’s time to get down and dirty. Get right in the cavity or cook box with your wire brush, or use a paint scraper for the tough chunks. If it’s really bad, use a vinegar and water solution to help dislodge the dirt.
 
Step 4: Scrub the cooking grates
Use a good quality grill brush to give the grates a scrub, then rinse with water and pat them dry.
 
Step 5: Reassemble the grill
Before you reassemble your grill, take a moment to make sure everything is in tip-top shape. If anything needs to be replaced, now is the time to do it. Once your barbecue is reassembled, it’s time to get grilling.
 

Barbecue Tips:

• Stay on top of your grease management system to avoid excessive grease overflow in your drip tray
• Never clean your barbecue parts in the house
• It’s a great idea to keep a spare tank of propane on-hand
• Keep the lid closed while you’re grilling : Remember, “lookin’ isn’t cookin’”
• To avoid contamination, use different plates and utensils when preparing food
• Invest in a good quality meat thermometer

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