If you do a lot of grilling, you know how important it is to keep your grill rack clean and ready for that next backyard picnic. Here are some quick tips to help you keep it clean.
Right after using the grill, while it’s still warm, wad a piece of aluminum foil into a tight ball and use it to scrub the rack clean. It works better than a stiff grill brush and can be thrown away after use. Plus, there’s no need for a fancy spray or special formula to remove those tougher spots, just apply baking soda and dab with vinegar. Be sure to rinse thoroughly with water before the next use.
If your grill is cooled and needs a good cleaning, wrap the rack completely in foil with the shiny side against the metal rack. Place the rack back inside the grill, fire it up, close the lid, and leave it alone for about thirty minutes. Allow to cool and remove the rack. When you unwrap the foil, you will find the debris has fallen to the bottom of the foil and can be tossed away along with the foil. Alternatively, if you have a self-cleaning oven, next time you run the self-clean cycle, place your grill’s racks in the oven first and give them a good cleaning, too. Be sure this is safe to do with your particular oven before giving it a try. Another option is to wrap the rack in paper towels and spray them wet with ammonia. Place them in a large trash bag, tie it tightly and allow to sit overnight. Be ready for the fumes when you open it back up, then use the paper towels to wipe it clean. If you use this method, allow the rack to heat about fifteen minutes on the grill before adding food to allow any remaining chemical to be burned off.
Now that your grill is clean, you’re ready for a season of great grilling. Fire up that grill and enjoy some good food with your family and friends!