Keep That Grill Performing
No matter the brand, bringing home a new grill can be a proud moment in every griller’s life. The shine, the sparkle, and the polished cooking grids make it look more like a piece of art.
Then comes the cooks. The burgers, the steaks, the fish, the chicken…all the spices, rubs and sauces…which can turn that shiny piece of art into a rather ugly mess.
Don’t worry. It’s perfectly normal. You are a chef. Creating masterpieces off the grill can prove both challenging and messy. The high heat of the fire discolors those polished cooking grids. Sauces and juices from the foods dripping and hitting the hot surfaces of the grill, vaporizing that flavor back into your food while creating some of the messes, are all part of the process. That charring and vaporization can be part of the seasoning process of your grill.
However, do not let this deter you from maintaining a clean grill. Regular cleaning and maintenance are the keys to keep your grill performing year after year. You paid good money for the grill, so treat it as such. A high-quality grill can last you 8, 10, even 20 years!
Here are some tips on how to care for your gas grill:
Before You Grill
In all steps of grilling, spray oil is going to be very important. It serves dually as a grill protectant and a non-stick coating. We recommend a higher heat oil such as peanut oil as the flash point is much higher, it coats the grill well and guarantees little to no flare-ups.
Before you grill, remember to spray the oil first on your cooking area then allow the grill to heat. This will create a micro-layer of protection for your cooking grids and prepare them for the cook.
Immediately After You Grill
A hot grill is an easier grill to clean. That’s why it is crucial to clean your grill immediately after you cook.
After removing the food, we suggest lowering the lid for 5 minutes and allowing the excess oil and food drippings to burn off. Then, spray your cooking area again with oil (just a light coating this time), and start scrubbing your grids and grill inside with a good grill brush. Some of our favorite grill brush brands are Big Green Egg, and Brush Tech.
Don’t forget the grease drip tray! It is strongly recommended to check it every time and give it a quick wipe down for sanitary reasons and to keep built up greases from forming a possible hazard. This is especially vital for those that like to cook foods with a high fat content like ribeye steaks.
Cleaning Year Round
Just because grilling season ends doesn’t mean your grill care should. We advise pulling everything out of your grill, at least twice a year (or in your off seasons) and conducting a good inspection. This will allow you to find anything left behind from past grilling’s and clean your grill thoroughly. It will also allow you to examine your grill’s parts and pieces and make sure they are in-tact and do not need to be replaced. We can also refer you to a qualified cleaning service to help you keep your grill ready for the next party, gathering, or outdoor event you have planned. If cleaned and cared for properly, your grill will last you for years to come. For more information on gas grills, gas grill cleaning, and gas grill cleaning tools, please visit us.