Taking good care of your grill is essential if you want to grill tasty food. Grill maintenance can be a big hassle, but if you use simple tips and tricks it’s not hard to maintain a grill that’s worthy of delicious eats.
You should start cleaning your grill as soon as you get the fire going, before you cook anything. The grill grate is much easier to clean and scrape when it’s hot. Let the grate get good and hot for about 5 minutes, then use a brush to scrape away any muck and mess that’s been left behind.
Don’t clean the grill after you’re done cooking your food. Always do it before, because that grime actually helps protect the grate against rust when you aren’t using it.
Dump your ashes when you’re done grilling out. Always do this safely, keeping in mind that hot ashes are a fire hazard.
Before cooking, many people like to oil the grill grate. This is a simple matter of lightly dampening a paper towel with oil and rubbing it lightly over the grate. Many people do this to prevent food from sticking, and it can be effective. However, too much oil will cause more gunk to junk up your grill. Non-stick spray works just as well and doesn’t leave as much residue. If you’re going to oil the grill, don’t do so every time you use it.
Don’t turn off the fire and walk away once the food is cooked. Allow the grill to cook for another 15 to 20 minutes. This burns away food remnants. Once you turn the fire off, allow the grill to cool for at least an hour before you do any cleaning. Everything other than the grill gate itself can be cleaned with standard oven cleaner or, even more simply, plain soap and water.
Always cover your grill with a protective cover to guard it from the elements. Every fifth time you use your grill, you should give it a thorough cleaning inside and out. Always park your grill at least 10 feet away from your home and garage.
Better Outdoor Foods
Great-tasting food comes from a clean, well-maintained grill. Take good care of yours to offer much better outdoor food to all your friends and family.