4 Ways to Clean a BBQ Grill

by maidinbastrop - April 9, 2018

Spring is here and father’s day is just around the corner.  You know what that means, cookouts and grilling! Show Dad how much you love him by giving him a clean grill to cook on this spring.

Cleaning a BBQ Grill with an Onion

You’ll need:
-Half of a large white onion
-White Vinegar (optional)
-BBQ Fork
-Water hose

Heat the grill until it’s very hot. Let it sit for a few minutes so that any excess food will burn off. Spray the White Vinegar onto the grate to help break up the residue. (optional) With the cut side facing down push the fork in the top to prevent you from burning your hand. Rub the onion over the hot grill surface. You’ll need to put some pressure behind this for it to work. Replace your onion half as needed until it is clean. Wait for the grill to cool completely. Then, remove the grill grate and rinse with water.

Cleaning a BBQ Grill with Baking Soda

Baking soda has amazing scouring properties, which make it great for breaking through the stubborn food and grease on your BBQ grill.

You’ll need:
-Plate
-¼ cup of baking soda
-Wire BBQ brush
-Water hose
-Towel or Paper Towel

Note: The grill should not be hot for this method.

Pour the baking soda onto the plate. Wet your wire brush, and then dip it into the baking soda. Scrub the grill surface until it’s clean, re-dampening the brush and reapplying baking soda as needed. Once the grill is free of stuck-on food, remove it and rinse it thoroughly. Dry the grill with a towel or paper towels before replacing it.

*This is especially important because baking soda will leave a residue on the grill that will ruin the flavor of the food.

Cleaning the Dirtiest of BBQ Grills

This method is for the grill that looks like it hasn’t been cleaned since LAST Father’s day.

You’ll need:
-3 cups of ammonia
-3 cups of distilled white vinegar
-1 cup of baking soda
-Large plastic trash bag

Note: The grill should not be hot for this method.

Place the grill grate inside the trash bag. Mix the ammonia and vinegar together, and then pour the mixture into the bag. Carefully pour the baking soda into the bag. Seal the bag and shake until the solution covers the grill. Let it sit for overnight, making sure it’s in the sun during the daytime. The next day, remove the grill and rinse it off under the water hose. 

Make it Shine: Cleaning the Grill’s Exterior

The grate may be the most important part of the grill, but you want to go all out to show Dad you really care.

You’ll need:
-A few drops of dish soap
-Water
-Spray bottle
-Microfiber cloth

In the spray bottle, mix your dish soap with hot water.

Spray down the exterior of the grill with the solution, but not the wooden handles. Note: If the grill top is warm it will make removing the residue much easier. However, make sure it is not too hot, you don’t want to burn yourself in the process. Wipe down the grill lid, basin, and legs with the microfiber cloth. Use a dry microfiber cloth to buff any streaks from the grill and to wipe down wooden handles.

Now, if you’re having a lot of guests over and needs help getting the inside of your house in shape, contact Maid In Bastrop.