How to clean outdoor kitchen grill
How To Clean Outdoor Kitchen Grill
Outdoor kitchens are a great way to add some extra space to your home. Whether it is for entertaining guests or just for you, having a space outside where you can cook your food away from the main kitchen is fun.
However, with the rise of outdoor cooking, there has been a rise in messy cooks. Grilling is a sporty way to cook and can be tricky to get right every time.
How you position the grill, what kind of grill pan you use, and how you brush and baste your food can all affect the taste and texture.
Cleaning an outdoor grill can be a tough task as well. There are two main parts of an outdoor grill that need cleaning: the grill pan and the exterior body. These steps will explain how to clean both of these parts safely and effectively.
There a a number of ways you can Clean your outdoor kitchen grill, from cloths and brushes, to chemicals and more natural ways such as Lemon juice, we have highlighted a number of ways below to help you become the expert.
Wipe down the surfaces with a cloth
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The first process is to wipe down all the surfaces on your BBQ. This includes the grill top, bottom, and interior walls.
For the grill top, use a soft cloth or paper towels to wipe down the grilling surfaces. For the inside of the grill, use a brush to sweep out remnants and then wash with water.
For the exterior, use a cloth to wipe down any grease or dirt. Make sure to get into all of the crevices so your grill looks clean!
Scrub with a wet brush
After you have wiped down off the grill, it is time to scrub it. You can do this with a wet brush or towel. Make sure the brush is not too sharp, as that could damage the grill surface.
Wet the brush and then scrub the grill plates and grates until they are clean. Make sure to scrub down into the cracks and crevices where food may have gotten stuck.
There are a number of specialty grill cleaning brushes and Grill Scrubbers available form hardware stores.
Dry the grill with a towel and then check to make sure it is totally clean. If there are still remnants, repeat the cleaning process. You want your grill to be nice and shiny after all!
Once your grill is clean and dry, you are ready to use it again! Make sure to keep your grill in a safe location so that no animal can get into it. Also, make sure to cover it if you are not using it for a while.
Use cooking oil to soak up grease
If there is a lot of grease and burnt on residue, before you begin the cleaning process, you can use oil to help wipe it all away.
To use oil to clean your grill, first scrape off any burnt on debris with a grill scraper. Then take some cooking oil and pour it onto the hot grill. Let it sit for a few minutes so it can soak up some of the burnt on grease and smoke residue.
Finally, brush off the oil with a grill broom or towel to remove the burned remnants. Make sure to do this before cooling down the grill! If needed, you can do another round of cleaning with more oil.
Mix together baking soda and water for cleaning grills
Another option is baking soda. First, you will need to scrub off any stuck on food. You can do this with a stiff brush as mentioned above, or even by hand.
Then, mix together baking soda and water. Brush this mixture over the grill and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, scrub again with a brush or by hand.
This process should help remove any burnt on food. If there are some spots that are still sticking, you can use a heavy duty foil and make some holes in it. Then, put the foil down on the grill and brush again to scrape off the burnt food.
You can also wash your grill with warm water to get rid of any leftover food and grease. After that, let it air dry before using it again.
Use lemon juice to clean grills
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If you are a fan of grilled foods, then you may encounter a problem. Grills can get very dirty quickly!
Whether it is charred food scraps or burnt-on grease, your grill can be difficult to clean. Many people just shrug it off and leave it until the next time they grill, but this can lead to bacteria growth.
Luckily, you do not need to purchase any expensive cleaning products to clean your grill. A simple solution is lemon juice!
Simply take a squeezed lemon and brush it over the grills. Let it sit for around thirty minutes before brushing off the lemon juice with a grill brush. You will need to do this several times to fully remove the burnt on grease and char.
If your grill has stubborn spots that do not come off, try applying more lemon juice and letting it sit for a few more minutes before brushing it off.
Make a homemade grill cleaner using salt and water
If you do not want to buy grill cleaners or you have run out of cleaner, you can make your own. A quick and easy way to clean your grill is by making a homemade grill cleaner using salt and water.
To make this cleaner, you will need to mix salt and water in a bowl to create a paste. Once this is made, you will then scrub your grill with this paste to break down the burnt on grease and debris.
To help further clean the grill, you can then spray it with a hose to wash off all of the paste and grime. Let it dry and then re-oil your grill!
This is an easy way to clean your outdoor kitchen grill that anyone can do. Just make sure to re-oil your grill after using this method to prevent sticking during use.
Use a commercial BBQ cleaner
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If you have a BBQ grill that you can’t remove the grates from, or you do not want to try to clean the grates because they are too delicate, then there is another way to clean your grill.
You can purchase a commercial grill cleaner and spray your grill down. These cleaners are made of strong chemicals that break down burnt on food and grease. They also come in cloth versions that you wash off later. Cronin alfresco can supply an Aktivo Australian made BBQ cleaner that will have you BBQ looking new in no time, simply CONTACT US today and we can have a pack shipped to you in no time
These are great if you use your outdoor kitchen frequently and need to clean off the grease and burnt on food often. The downside is that you have to buy them separately, and it may be more expensive than just using paper towels or water to clean your grill.
As you can see there are many different ways to clean you BBQ, all require a bit of hard work to remove the grease and grime, but with a bit of practice you will have your BBQ cleaning process down to a fine art.