The Best Way to Clean a Gas Grill
Gas grills are perfect for barbecues or big family get together's. In fact, a lot of people think that gas grills can only be used for barbecues. I want to disabuse you of that erroneous idea because gas grills are actually quite versatile cooking appliances.
Not only can you heat all sorts of vegetables using a gas grill, but if you're creative enough, you can actually prepare all types of grains and even boil stuff using pots on your gas grill. It's a very versatile piece of cooking equipment.
The best part to all of this, of course, is that they can do heavy duty work. Since a lot of gas grills are located outdoors, you can bet that they can take a tremendous amount of punishment. After all, they are outside. They are exposed to the elements, and they are built for such exposure. Accordingly, they can take quite a tremendous amount of volume and still continue to deliver great tasting food time and time again.
This is why a lot of people get all excited about their gas grill. It's not uncommon for neighbors to buy a new gas grille online and once that big package hits their front porch, they pick up the phone, and it's party time. People are told to bring beer, and guess what? The steaks, burgers, and hotdogs come flying off the grill. It's kind of a rite of passage in typical suburban middle America.
With that said, gas grills do come in a wide range of designs. This diversity of form doesn't just mirror the different price points as well as budgetary considerations of gas grille buyers. They also indicate various levels of portability, convenience, and ruggedness.
It's a big market out there for grills, and accordingly, the supply of available grilles match the different segments of demand. If you're looking to grill meat primarily, there are specially designed gas grilles for that. If you tend to focus on fish or vegetables, there are certain grilles that would be best of that. Make no mistake about it, regardless of how you cook, when you cook, where you cook and what you prefer to cook, there is a gas grill right up your alley.
Now, given all this, I've got some bad news for you. The bad news should be quite obvious: poorly cleaned grilles are bad news.
Now, the funny thing about grilles is that it's easy to get excited about them right when you buy them. This is a no-brainer. It comes with the territory. I mean, what's not to love? You get a grille, and you're able to prepare a tremendous amount of food.
So what's the first thought that crosses your mind? That's right. You pick up the phone or you get on Facebook and you call family over or you round up your friends. It's a great way to have fun. As long as everybody brings their own beer, everybody's going to have a good time.
The problem is what happens after the beer is gone. What happens when all the food has been eaten and everybody has gone back to their homes? That's right. You're going to be standing there, looking at your grill, and your grill is right in front of you needing to be cleaned.
Now, if you're like the typical grill owner, you probably have a lot more things going on in your life. Chances are, cleaning your grill is not very high on your agenda. In fact, if you're the average busy grill owner, cleaning is probably not even on your radar. There's just so many other things that you need to attend to.
Fair enough. But you need to understand that poorly cleaned grills or uncleaned grills are bad news. Let's just get that out of the way. Why? First of all, they smell bad. All the debris, all that grease, all that nasty gunk on your grille, it's going to sit there and, guess what? Some microbes stick to it and they start digesting it.
Any kind of microbial digestion tends to release smell. So not only does it smell bad, but it also begins to look bad as fungi and other nasty stuff start to accumulate. Don't be surprised if this awesome looking, sleek, all metal grill that you rant and rave about starts looking like it's growing its own gray or blue hair because you neglected it. This is just microbial and fungal action. Which brings me to the next point.
If it starts looking bad, believe me, it is going to be bad as far as your health is concerned. If you do a bad job of cleaning your grill, a lot of that microbes and nasty germs might end up on your food. Now, depending on how rare you like your steak, this can pose potential health risks.
Finally, if your grille smells and looks bad enough, it might even discourage you from firing up the grill again. This is a complete disaster because you spent your hard earned dollars on that grill, and the moment that you decide that you're not going to be using it as frequently as before is the moment you flushed those dollars down the toilet.
Thankfully, cleaning a gas grill is not that difficult. Here is the best way to cleaning your gas grill.
Avoid This Danger
Before we get into the nitty gritty of cleaning your gas grill in a systematic and methodical way to minimize unnecessary drama and unnecessary work, let me just spell out the big danger with cleaning gas grills.
If you don't know what you're doing or if you don't have a method, chances are, your haphazard cleaning would lead to uneven surfaces. Why would this lead to a bad situation? Well, the uneven surfaces may produce microbes. It's as if you didn't clean them. Also, if you scrub hard or you use some sort of abrasive material, you might even speed up the rate in which your grill starts to rust.
You have to know what you're doing. You need to be mindful of these risks, otherwise, you might be doing more harm than good to your gas grill.
How to Clean Gas Grills the Quick, Smart, and Easy Way
Pay attention to that subheading. I mentioned quick, smart and easy. They all go hand in hand. They flow together because if you do things the smart way, chances are, you're doing things the easy way, and this leads to a quick operation. Similarly, if you're doing things the quick way, chances are, you put in some time into it and you know exactly what you're doing.
Whatever the case may be, being a little bit methodical and systematic can go a long way as far as prolonging the total use value of your grille goes. It also goes a long way in making sure that your grille looks awesome and is ready for the next feast you're preparing.
So how exactly do you go about cleaning your gas grill? Just follow the steps below. They are methodical and systematic. They're completely foolproof. As long as you go through this checklist, you are good to go.
Step #1: Disconnect the Gas Connection
This should be a no-brainer. Your gas grill is either connected to your home's gas connection or gas line or has a removable gas canister. Whatever the case may be, disconnect the gas connection
Step #2: Take Out All Grilling Panels
Depending on the design of your grill, your grill might be just a giant collection of panels or it might just have one large panel. Regardless of how it's set up, take out all the panels. Just leave the cooking chamber intact.
Step #3: Brush Away All Debris
Using a steel brush, brush away the debris of the panels. Now, it's vital to make sure that you are brushing at an angle. You don't want to bear down on the surface. This is going to scratch the surface, and this might lead to your grille to rust ahead of time.
Step #4: Dunk Panels Into a Grease Cutting Solution
There are many different grease cutting solutions available on the market. Pick one and dilute it with the proper amount of water. Once you've made a little bit of suds, dunk the panels into this grease-cutting solution. Of course, the thicker the grease or the harder the grease concentration or crust, the longer you would have to keep it in the solution.
Step #5: Sweep Away Dust in the Main Chamber
Now turn your attention to the main chamber of the gas grill and, using a small handheld broom or some sweeper, sweep away the dust in the main chamber. Do this as thoroughly as you can. In many cases, this is almost impossible. There's going to be some clusters left, but do the best you can. Some people even use vacuum cleaners for this, but it depends on how wet or how oily the chamber is.
Step #6: Wipe Down with Grease Cutting Solution
Using a sponge, take a grease-cutting solution and wipe down the insides of the chamber. This might require several passes if there are very thick crusty areas in the chamber. Don't be afraid to do double or triple wipes. Do whatever you need to do. You might need to burn up quite a bit of elbow grease.
The only way around this is to make sure that you frequently clean the main chamber of your gas grill. That's really the only way you can prevent such thick, hard to clean crusts.
Step #7: Wipe Down with Water for the Last Wipe
In the previous wipes, you are using a grease-cutting solution. Hopefully, it has done its job well enough for you to wipe down the main chamber of the grill one last time with a sponge soaked solely in water.
Step #8: Scrub Away Debris From Panels After They've Softened
After enough time has passed, look at the panels that you have dunked in the grease-cutting solution and poke at the crusts. Do you see them give way? Are they crumbling? If so, scrub away the debris from the panels after they have softened. Continue to dunk them into the grease-cutting solution to further dissolve the debris that you have cleared away.
Step #9: Dry Out the Panels
Ensure proper airflow to the grill's main chamber, and also make sure that the panels are in a flat area with a lot of air. This way, the panels would dry out completely. The same goes with the grill's main chamber. It's crucial to make sure that the whole grill assembly has access to optimal air flow. This way, the whole thing would dry up very quickly.
Step #10: Once Completely Dried Out, Reassemble Everything
Step #11: To Avoid Unnecessary Cleaning Drama, Adopt a Regular Cleaning Schedule
As I mentioned previously if you really want to make sure that there are no nasty, hard to clean up debris in your grill chamber or panels, adopt a regular cleaning schedule. Maybe clean your grill after every meal or every three meals. Whatever the case may be, as long as it's regular, you would go a long way in cutting down hard to clean debris, dirt, and grime.
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