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How do you clean your Grill ?

I just got a new propane grill like this :




this is a wonderful grill and cooks great, but it is a pain in the ASS to clean. Both the actual grill rack, and the metal exterior are turning out to be a bit of a chore to keep it clean. I cant seem to restore the "polished" metal look, it just looks spotted and dirty, and im even keeping it covered.


And after weekends of barbeque chicken and steaks dripping with sauces and marinades , the grill rack gets a bit nasty. I do scrape it off a bit before cooking, but im just wondering if theres a better way or something.

What do you do for yours? and how do you restore the metal to the original shine?

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all i do to clean the grill rack is turn it on full blast for about 20 minutes, then scrape it down. all the bits that fall just add flavor next time
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After the incident I've never grilled again. Thanks for raking up the past.
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I place tin foil over the grill, then turn on for about 10 minutes before use, It will never look like it did when it was first bought. It's best to clean before you grill, afterwards does it really matter?
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why do you place tin foil over the grate ?


Whats the best way to clean the outside of the grill, the metal part? (not the rack)
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Originally Posted by Kudama
After the incident I've never grilled again. Thanks for raking up the past.


what? what happened ?
Old 10-15-06, 10:44 PM
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Brush three times a day and floss at least once. Tartar-control mouthwash in between.

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Use a cover for the outside.
For the inside, here's what I do.
Preheat the thing hot.
Spray Pam or other cooking oil on the grate before putting meat on, especially 'sticky' stuff like steak, burgers, or chicken.
As soon as you take the meat off, crank the heat up to max for a few minutes with the grill closed, then get a grill brush and a spray bottle of water, and spritz the cooking grates and brush it clean. It's much easier to clean fresh cooking off a hot grill than to let it sit till next time, and uses less gas too. And it'll be clean for the next cooking.
When I worked in fast food, this is pretty much how we cleaned the 'grill' there as well.
That said, if you use a grill, it will not remain 'like new'. Even if you clean it every time, there's still smoke and soot and char and stuff, but you can keep the grate pretty clean.
Don't forget to dump your drippings pan every now and then, that stuff gets yucky.
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Originally Posted by skiblet
what? what happened ?


THIS!!!
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Originally Posted by dork
Brush three times a day and floss at least once. Tartar-control mouthwash in between.

Dork! What does this have to do with cleaning grills?
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You're so wack.

grill

1. The front end of yo whip
2.Your teeth
3. your personal buisness
4. A metal covering for your teeth often adorned with colored diamonds
5. A place to cook meat in your back yard
6. Verb: to quiz or question someone

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=grill
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Originally Posted by dtcarson
You're so wack.

grill

1. The front end of yo whip
2.Your teeth
3. your personal buisness
4. A metal covering for your teeth often adorned with colored diamonds
5. A place to cook meat in your back yard
6. Verb: to quiz or question someone

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=grill
I know! He's not asking about teeth. He's inquiring about ways to clean his COOKING grill.
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A grill is never going to be "like new" after you've used it... which is why, if you're concerned about appearances, black is probably the best color to go for.

dtcarson is right about cleaning the grill after use while it's hot. After all of the grease, soot, and food particles have cooled they tend to get hard and stubborn.

To keep the outside clean, you might want to see what your manual suggests. I'd probably wipe it down with a little bit of soapy water or a little bit of kitchen spray cleaner after use; but check first in case it whatever you're cleaning with might damage the surface.
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Thanks for cleaning info. I've thought about starting just such a thread.
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tin foil will retain all of the heat and burn everything off the grill very fast, it will turn a lot of the food stuck on the grill and grease into ash very quickly.
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very good gents, thanks for the info. I was actually unaware that your supposed to heat your grill up, and THEN clean it. I always scraped it off BEFORE cleaning, when it was cold. And this is backwards?


Also, what is the best way to clean the outside part of the grill, the aluminum or metal top and sides of the grill to make them look like new? Is there a certain cleaner that is good for this? Nothing seems to give a good smooth finish - it always looks spotty

thank you kindly
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My Weber has a cast iron grate and it tends to look rusty. Mrs. Pusser says it's fine and doesn't change the taste.

Yay or nay?

Any tips on losing the rust? I used to put Crisco on there but it didn't seem to do much.
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I gave up on cleaning the outside of my grill. The inside, I heat it up and use the metal brush. No problems so far.

If you have rust, I would just buy a new grill. I don't think I would want to tempt swallowing rust.
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Originally Posted by Buford T Pusser
My Weber has a cast iron grate and it tends to look rusty. Mrs. Pusser says it's fine and doesn't change the taste.

Yay or nay?

Any tips on losing the rust? I used to put Crisco on there but it didn't seem to do much.

I hated my CI grates on my weber-
picked up some
porcelain ones at HD....much better.
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One way to clean a grill is to use a pressurized high-temperature steam cleaner. My neighbor has a Steam Fast SF-278 and it will remove the gunk off a barbecue grill pretty quickly. Mind you, it might over clean the grill, something that might not be a good idea for a barbecue grill....
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http://bbq.about.com/od/stainlessste.../aa042305a.htm
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Originally Posted by Josh-da-man

To keep the outside clean, you might want to see what your manual suggests. I'd probably wipe it down with a little bit of soapy water or a little bit of kitchen spray cleaner after use; but check first in case it whatever you're cleaning with might damage the surface.



DO NOT DO THIS!!!!!

You will ruin the stainless and scratch the hell out of it.

Use a Stainless steel cleaner. They sell them everywhere.(Walmart, Home depot, etc...) You spray it on and wipe it off. It will keep the Stainless steel like new..
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I'm not sure what type your actual grill is, but I'm not supposed to scrape mine at all.

It's a new fangled grill that has a coating that's supposed to absorb all the food nuggets, and whatever excess is supposed to just fall off overnight - if you scrape it by cleaning it, you will strip off it's "flavor" coating - at least that's what the manual says: no scraping AT ALL.
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Originally Posted by slop101
I'm not sure what type your actual grill is, but I'm not supposed to scrape mine at all.

It's a new fangled grill that has a coating that's supposed to absorb all the food nuggets, and whatever excess is supposed to just fall off overnight - if you scrape it by cleaning it, you will strip off it's "flavor" coating - at least that's what the manual says: no scraping AT ALL.
A product manufacturer recommending you to NOT by any high priced accessories? That's kind of odd.

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