Cleaning a grill may seem like a straightforward process, but once you factor in grease, rust, and debris, it can seem like quite a chore. Fortunately, there are quite a few different techniques that can be used to effectively clean any type of grill or smoker and get it looking as close as new as possible. Learn our favorite tips on how to clean a grill so it performs to its full capability.
These basic instructions can be used to clean any type of grill, from pellet to kamado.
Before removing your grates from the grill, give them a hard scrub with your grill brush. The debris that falls off can be vacuumed up as described in the next step. After brushing the grates, take them off the grill and lay them on a towel or cardboard box that is placed on the ground. While wearing protective gloves, spray your grates with a cleaner/degreaser. Let it soak in for about 60 seconds, and then wipe and rinse with water. Be sure to scrub your grates with a mild detergent and water to remove the residual cleaner. Then rinse again and set aside to let your grates dry. They will need to be re-seasoned after being cleaned. (This process can be repeated if your grill uses a heat/shield or deflector like Louisiana Grills patented Flame Broiler Plate).
After you remove your grill grates and any heat deflector plates, it's important to first use a wet/dry shop vac to remove any loose debris or ash before using cleaner or spraying it down with a hose. This can help prevent the dry debris from caking after being exposed to moisture.
Using a cleaner/degreaser, spray the entire interior surface of the grill and repeat the same steps used to clean your grates.
Once again using a cleaner degreaser, spray the entire exterior surface of the grill including the hood and shelves, and let it soak in for about a minute. Then wipe it down, rinse with water, and dry with a towel.
This step is important because it will help protect your grates and heat shields from rust as well as prevent your food from sticking to the grates. After cleaning, rinsing, and drying your grill put the heat shields and grates back on the grill. Next you will want to perform a burn off. This is the same process as when you first received your grill. You will want to fire your grill up at 350°F and let it run for 15 to 20 minutes. Then, with a tong or oven mitts, place one of your grates on top of the other and brush or spray the exposed heat shield with a high temperature oil like canola or avocado oil. As the surface cools, it will seal the oil. Then put the grate back on the grill and stack the other grate on top of it so you can spray the other heat shields or end of the heat shield. Finally, with all grates on the grill in their proper place, spray or brush the oil onto the grates. Your grill should be ready to use after it cools down completely.
If you have rust on your grill or on your grates, you can use the Louisiana Grills Cleaner/Degreaser to aid in removing the rust. After thoroughly spraying the affected area, let it sit and soak in for 20 to 30 minutes. You will need a Brillo pad or scrubber with a porous and rough texture to scrub away the rust that has built up. If you are cleaning rust off the grill hood, you might want to paint the affected area with high temperature paint after you have removed the rust, rinsed off the cleaner, and let it dry. Be sure to follow the cleaning, burn-off, and re-seasoning procedures outlined above.
Before cleaning your pellet grill, it is important to remove your pellets from the hopper and burn off any pellets that are left over in the auger. Wet pellets can cause an auger jam, so doing this step is crucial. Simply remove the pellets from your hopper, turn on the grill to 400°F and the remaining pellets should burn off in about 15 minutes. Shut down the grill and let it cool down before starting your clean.
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