Nothing can transform ordinary meals into mouthwatering dishes quite like a gas grill. Vegetables go from so-so to succulent. Meats are elevated to a whole new level. It’s no wonder master grillers panic at the first sign of trouble. Fortunately, most issues can be resolved with an old-fashioned cleaning. If your gas grill’s flame has changed from blue to orange or red, we recommend rolling up your sleeves and pulling out the scrub brushes.
Before you wear yourself out trying to brush away all the grease and grime inside your grill, let the grill do what it does best and burn it off. The day before you plan to clean it, light your grill, close the lid and let it run for about half an hour before turning it off. This will help loosen or even dissipate some of the cooked-on food and grime.
After the grill has cooled, disconnect the gas. The remaining gas in the grill’s lines should clear in about five minutes, which gives you more than enough time to place the cooking grates, lava rocks and burner covers into a bucket of warm, soapy water so they can be soaking while you move forward with cleaning.
Create your own cleaning solution by mixing one cup of white distilled vinegar and a teaspoon of dish detergent with a gallon of warm water, or purchase a grill-cleaning spray from the store. Use your cleaning solution, a scrub brush and a rag to remove the grease and debris from inside the grill and around the burners. Pay close attention to the burner holes, ensuring that they’re clean and free of obstructions.
Remove the soaking parts and wipe them down, drying everything thoroughly as you go. When the grill is reassembled, spray the grates with cooking oil to make the next cleaning a breeze. Reattach the gas line, light the grill and look for an even, blue flame.
You can extend the life of your grill by giving it a thorough cleaning!