Grilling 101: Charcoal Grill Cleaning Tips

What is it about grilling over charcoal that makes food taste so good? Gas and electric grills are convenient and produce great results, but charcoal infuses food with that bold, smoky flavor that every grill chef wants to achieve. Charcoal grills do require some cleaning and maintenance, but it’s not difficult. Check out these charcoal grill cleaning tips that will help you keep your grill going strong all summer long.

  1. Clean the inside of the lid often.

Many store-bought charcoal grills are lined with a porcelain enamel inside and out. Over time, grease and smoke collect on the inside of the lid. If it isn’t cleaned regularly, the enamel can start to chip off. Flaking enamel isn’t toxic, but it’s still not something you want to end up in your food. Fortunately, it’s easy to prevent build up under the lid. After each grilling session, allow the grill to cool a bit. While the lid is still warm (but not too hot) use a clean cloth dipped in soapy water to wipe away the grease and gunk.

  1. Clean the cooking grate.

Like with the lid, the best time to clean your cooking grate is when the grill is slightly warm. The warm temperatures make it easier to scrape away loose debris and will leave you with a surface that food is less likely to stick to.

You can use a steel wool or a stainless steel bristled brush to clean the grate as your grill cools down after cooking. Or, you can clean the grate as the grill is warming up prior to your grilling session. If you’re cleaning the grill prior to cooking, then when you’re done scraping, be sure to spray the grate with cooking spray, brush it with a bit of oil, or rub it with a sliced raw onion for a more non-stick surface.

  1. Clean the bottom of your grill.

Before you proceed with this grill cleaning tip, make sure your grill has been allowed to cool completely. Brush any ash and debris out of the bottom of the grill into a garbage bag. If there’s an ash catcher, empty that as well. Then, use a brush or putty knife to scrape away any built up gunk along the bottom. Once it’s completely clear of build-up, you can use a steel wool pad and mild soap and water to really get it clean and shiny.

  1. Clean the outside of the grill.

As a final step, you can use soap and water to wipe down the entire outside of the grill as well. This can help keep your grill’s exterior looking shiny and new.

  1. Steam cleaners make cleaning a snap.

Steam cleaners are great tools for removing grease and grime that comes from cooking. So, if you have a hand-held steam cleaner, then feel free to use it to clean your grill from top to bottom. If you don’t have one, but you do grill often, it might be a worthy investment.

  1. Get a grill cover.

A high-quality grill cover is an absolute must to keep your grill in tip-top condition between grilling sessions and while in long-term storage. A grill cover will protect your grill from rain, wind, and falling debris; keep critters from setting up a nest, and prevent rust.

With these easy grill cleaning tips, your grill will remain in good condition and provide you with years of enjoyment. Reno’s Appliance carries grill covers and all kinds of accessories to help you maintain your grill. We also carry an extensive inventory of grills, including pro barbeque grills, freestanding grills, and charcoal grills from top grill manufacturers.

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