AH! Summer’s almost here! It’s time to drag out that rusty grill and breathe new life into it. We yanked our grill out of storage just last weekend to find it needed a courteous “spa date” before we laid loin to it.
First things first – the grate. Whether you have charcoal or propane setup, this procedure is the same. Get some hot, soapy water in a bucket – you can use dish soap to conjure up your suds. Remove the grate from the grill and place it flat on the ground. Dip a wire brush into the suds and go to town all over the grate. Scrub very hard and get all of the gunk and grime off every slat in the grate.
Next, disconnect the propane tank or empty out all of the used charcoal from the bowl of the grill. You don’t want a random spark to blow up in your face! Now you can use your wire brush and soapy water to scrub out the inside of the basin. Most grills have a drainage port at the bottom of the bowl, so just let the gnarly bits run out the bottom of the grill.
Take a soft cloth and carefully wipe out the excess moisture so there’s none left when you place the grate back on top of the grill. Hook the propane back up and run the grill, full blast, for 10 minutes. This will burn away cleaning residue that would otherwise infect your food the next time you grill.
There you have it – you’re ready for the summer grilling season!