In a continuation of last weeks post on how to deep clean your grill grates we are going to show you how to clean the inside of your grill. Cleaning the inside of your grill will vary from a charcoal grill to a gas grill. The cleaning in the post is with a gas grill.
I unfortunately neglected my grill over the years and failed to ever really clean it. I would say a lot of people do this. Get a grill, cook the food, brush the grates off for the next use and that is the extent of cleaning. Not cleaning the inside of a gas grill can quickly become a fire hazard.
As small pieces of food and grease fall down to the bottom they burn up some and then become hard after the grill cools. Then the next time you go grill it does this again and continues to build up the gunk. These pieces can catch on fire as your cooking and if one of those pieces falls down to the grease drip pan then you could start a pretty dangerous fire. You definitely do not want this. This is why you want to give the inside of your grill a good cleaning each year and always empty out your drip pan as needed during the cooking season.
As long as you keep up with cleaning the inside of your grill on a regular basis it won’t take long to do.
- Remove your grill grates.
- Scrape of any loose debris from your heat plates or heat tents that are covering your burners.
- If they are really bad you can soak these in a soapy/baking soda mix for an hour and scrub.
- Brush or scrape all loose debris on the bottom of your grill into the removable catch all pan.
- Remove the pan and dump out all the debris.
- If the inside is still very dirty you can spray it with a grill cleaner and let it sit then scrub/brush the inside. If you do this you will want to hose out the inside.
- Put the catch all pan back.
- Put the heat plates/heat tents back over the burners.
- Put the grill grates back.
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