Are your neighbor's perfectly grilled porterhouse steaks the envy of your entire block? The secret to his masterful grilling skills could lie in his maintenance habits.
According to the recent Weber Canadian GrillWatch Survey, 7% percent of outdoor chefs say they have never thoroughly cleaned their gas grill. Yuck.
While it's important to take care of your grill for sanitary reasons, it's also important for the sake of your grill's performance. If you neglect cleaning your barbecue, you could end up with low temperatures, uneven heat and food remnants stuck to your grates. Maintaining a monthly cleaning routine will keep your grill in fine condition.
Get summer cookout-ready with these 5 easy grill maintenance tips from the experts at Weber.
1. Wipe the outside of the grill lid with paper towels and cleaner; use glass cleaner for porcelain-coated lids and stainless steel cleaner for stainless steel lids. If your grill is stainless steel, you'll get the best result by buffing with, not against, the grain, using a microfiber towel.
2. Clean side tables with microfiber towel and stainless steel cleaner. Again, make sure to buff with the grain. If your tables are made of thermoset plastic, use a mild dish detergent and warm water instead.
3. Cleaning a cook box may seem tricky, but it's actually extremely simple and can have a big impact on the way your grill performs. When your grill is completely cool, carefully remove your cooking grates and Flavorizer bars. Then, using a putty knife, scrape all excess grease and debris from inside the cook box into the bottom tray. From here, it will be easy to discard.
4. It's a good practice to burn off any food residue left on your grill by turning all your burners to high for 15 minutes before grilling. When your grill reaches these high temperatures, food debris will turn to ash, and will then be easy to brush off using a stainless steel bristle brush.
5. While cleaning the grill, take stock of any rusted or corroded pieces. Call the manufacturer's customer service to order and assemble new parts. In addition, help to keep the grill protected from the elements by investing in a durable, weather resistant cover.
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