Exchange Bar and Grill is reader-supported. When you buy through a link on this page, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.

How to Clean a Grill

Before I move on to the best methods of cleaning grill, let me present you in this longer introduction with consequences of neglecting the grill hygiene as well as the advantages of grilling on a clean grill.

Cooking on a very dirty grill is not only irresponsible, but difficult as well. Why?

The grease and food remains that have stayed on your grates and other elements of the grill for a longer time have a very negative impact on how the grill works. Regardless of whether you cook on a gas grill, a charcoal one, an electric one or a pellet smoker, you have to make sure that your grill is clean.

You need some example of how a dirty grill impacts cooking? Here you go.

Imagine the taste of food cooked on very dirty grates that haven’t been cleaned in a while. The burned grease and food remains on the grates will definitely affect the taste of your food and make it impossible to get nice grill marks on the surface of your food. Another consequence of dirty grill grates are flare-ups, the grease and food remains catch on fire due to the high temperature. See how to clean grill grates easily, quickly and effectively using the simplest methods.

Remember that a dirty grill is more than just the grates. When it comes to gas grills, you have to consider other important elements like burners, aromatizers and the grease drainage systems. Dirty burners might be a source of problems with your grill’s efficiency, which is why you have to check them out once in a while. When it comes to a charcoal grill, you have to pay attention to the ash catcher, which tends to get clogged with ash very often.

Regularly taking care of the grill’s cleanness contributes to extending its durability, effectiveness and getting satisfaction during each cooking.

How often to Clean the grill?

how often clean a grill

It all depends on what you actually want to clean. If you want to keep your grill clean, try to:

Clean the grates every time you have used the grill. You can do it after you’re done cooking ( I say you should, it is easier due to the grill’s grates being hot which makes it easier to clean them with a special brush ). If you don’t feel like cleaning after cooking or don’t have time too, then do remember to do this right before the next cooking.

When it comes to charcoal or pellet grills, control the amount of ash. Always remember to throw out the ash collected as a result of burning charcoal or pellets. Throw out the ash after each cooking, no matter if there’s a a little or a lot of it.  

At least 2-3 time during the season, depending on how often you have used the grill, do a thorough cleaning. I’m talking about other elements of the grill here, which can collect ash, grease or food remains to a lesser extent.

Storing a Grill

grill covers

It’s a very important topic, after season ends most of us hide the grills in a safe place in the garage or somewhere under a roof. For example, Gas grills are expensive, which makes it a good idea to know how to properly store such grill so that it’s in a great condition for the next season.

You have to buy a grill cover, pay attention to the size so that it fits your grill model. Such cover is effective at protecting your grill from many harmful factors such as dust, water, freezing rain, sun, snow etc.

The worst thing you can do to your grill is leave it in the backyard with no protection at all.

Hiding a grill under a cover will significantly extend the durability and lifespan of your grill and make it ready for cooking anytime you want.

Final Words

cleaning grill tips

Cleaning a grill regularly extend its lifespan and keeps it in a great shape. A dirty grill has a bad impact not only on the elements of the grill but also on the food’s flavor. It’s a good idea to spend some time once in a while comprehensively cleaning the entire grill.

One more very important thing – you have to remember about cleaning the grates before every cooking. Such procedure prevents the food from sticking to the surface, lowers the number of flare-ups and changes to the food’s flavor.