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It’s springtime in Australia, and most barbecue owners would like to roast a steak or two on a warm Sunday. The not-so-fun part comes when it’s time to clean the barbecue after. Scrubbing off grease and charred food can be dreadful. Whether your barbecue grill is made of cast iron or stainless steel, you will have to get your hands dirty. Even porcelain-coated grills retain food debris.
So what’s the best way to clean your barbecue grill? To answer that question, we took advice from our pros and described the most efficient ways to clean a barbecue grill based on the material of the grates. It’s a 5-min read that could save an hour, so keep scrolling to learn the secret!
Here’s a short list of items that you’ll find invaluable when it comes to cleaning barbecue grills:
For easier reference, we’ve listed four variations of cleaning solutions:
You can increase any solution’s volume as much as you need, as long as you keep the same proportions.
Cast iron grills have a lot in common with Superman – they’re tough and can retain high levels of heat, so your steaks will roast juicy instead of dry. Unfortunately, much like Kryptonite, cast iron grills have a weakness, too – water. Since iron is prone to rust, you need to dry the grills thoroughly after washing them.
Other than that, it’s pretty straightforward – scrub until there’s nothing to scrub off, and don’t forget to season after. This method can clean any cast iron grills or griddle grills, including Weber.
Here’s the best step-by-step plan for cleaning barbecue grills:
Once you finish cleaning, you should season your grates. Seasoning your grates involves applying a protective coating. You can use vegetable oil for the job.
Since oil and water don’t mix, your cast iron grills will be protected from rust. Just don’t overdo it – a slim coat of oil is all your barbecue grills need. And it’s super simple – apply a small amount of vegetable oil to a paper towel and spread it on your clean cast iron grill.
In some cases, your barbecue’s grates might corrode. Removing rust from cast iron grates can work if it’s a surface problem. Any of the cleaning solutions we listed will do the trick. Simply apply the solution and use your wire brush. Once you’re done, give the grill grates a light cleaning run using the method above, and season them.
Stainless steel is no stranger to scratches, so taking care of it would have to happen in a gentler manner than cast iron. When cleaning stainless steel grills, you can use any of our cheat list solutions, but it’s generally better to go with baking soda since it’s not acid-based. Alternatively, you can try to use heat to burn off food debris.
Here’s how to clean stainless steel grill grates:
Contrary to popular belief, stainless steel is not 100% immune to rust. Of course, corrosion takes a bit longer than it would for cast iron, but the regular heating and cooling, combined with all the grease and burnt food, speed up the process.
Because stainless steel barbecues are prone to scratching and overall more sensitive than cast iron barbecues, you should use a specialised stainless steel cleaning product. Aside from that, we can provide you with some general rules about cleaning rust off stainless steel barbecues:
All in all, be gentle with your stainless steel barbecue – it deserves it, and your steaks will taste better, too.
Porcelain cooking grates aren’t made entirely of porcelain – they have cast iron, or stainless steel core.Тhe difference is that a cast iron core retains heat easier. When it comes to cleaning, however, a porcelain grill grate will be the easiest to clean of them all.
Food debris has a harder time adhering to porcelain, and even if it does, the heating method makes it deceptively easy to clean. The trick is to be extra careful – porcelain is brittle, and you wouldn’t want to damage your grates. Here’s how to clean porcelain grill grates efficiently:
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