Deep Cleaning Your Grill Grates

It’s that time of year again. Spring is here, grill covers are coming off and grills are being fired up again after a long winters nap. If your like me you might open up your grill and realize it is quite dirty from last seasons grilling (or maybe the last 4 years of grilling, oops!). I recommend giving your grill grates a good cleaning even if they don’t appear to be too dirty. This is where your food will be cooking, so it’s always good to have a nice clean surface.

Follow the steps below and you will have very clean grill grates just in time for the start of grilling season. After this make sure you keep up with cleaning your grill grates after each use. This will make this deep cleaning go a lot smoother each year. You will find how to do this here: How To Clean Your Grill Grates After Each Use.

How To Give Your Grill Grates a Deep Clean

Items you will need:
  • Grill Grates
  • Bucket
  • Dish Soap
  • Baking Soda
  • Scrubbing  Sponge
  • Water
  • Grill Brush
Steps:
  1. Fill your bucket with hot water.
  2. Mix dish soap in with water.
  3. Mix baking soda in with water.
  4. Place grill grates in the water/soap/baking soda mixture.
  5. Let sit for 60 minutes. (or a day if yours are really bad like mine!)
  6. Scrub the grill grates with a sponge to break up any debris on them.
  7. Rinse with water.
  8. Place grates back on your grill.
  9. Run your grill for 15-30 minutes.
  10. Use your grill brush to remove any remaining debris.

And to prove to you that this works very well check out the below photo gallery.

Do you have any tips on great ways to keep your grates clean?
Leave a comment below.

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  1. I wish I did. I hope I win the grill, then I’ll know how to clean it!

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  3. Elizabeth Musser

    I could really use a new grill this summer. I promise to keep it clean.

  4. barkeepers friend takes the grime right off the grill with little to no effort!

  5. Well just wash the grills (I bring the grill part in the house and run it throught the dishwasher about 10 times

  6. Rosanne Morrison

    I turn on all the burners all the way and after a lot of it burns off I use the grill brush

  7. Excellent method. Thanks for the tips. I am hoping to win a new grill.

  8. Get a container large enough to lie the grate. Pour in vingear, let sit for 5-10 minutes, sprinke in baking soda, it will fizz, put in little at a time. Let sit for 20-30 minutes, and take a brush and lightly brush the grate. Depending on how well it comes clean, continue soaking, or clean all the way with hose and water.

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