How to Clean Your Gas Barbeque Grill

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How to Clean Your Gas Barbeque Grill
Between meat juices and barbecue sauce, a gas grill can become very dirty. (juicy grill time image by sumos from Fotolia.com)

Between dripping meat, juicy marinades and barbecue sauces, it doesn't take long for the inside of a barbecue grill to become a sticky, tacky mess. But while it seems that a barbecue grill becomes messy effortlessly, getting it clean again is another matter. Fortunately cleaning a barbecue grill can be accomplished with a minimum of fuss and a lack of degreaser. All you need are a few cleaning tools and some elbow grease.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Grill cleaner
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Stainless steel cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Wire brush
  • Nylon dish scraper
  • Grease-fighting dish detergent
  • White vinegar
  • 2-gallon bucket
  • Spray bottle

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Instructions

    Exterior Cleaning

  1. 1

    Spray the exterior of the grill with a commercially manufactured grill cleaner.

  2. 2

    Wipe the exterior down with a cleaning cloth.

  3. 3

    Rinse with warm water to wash away residual dirt and grill cleaner.

  4. 4

    Spray stainless steel components with a stainless steel cleaner. Allow to sit for 2 minutes before wiping clean.

  5. 5

    Spray glass surfaces with glass cleaner, and wipe clean to remove fingerprints.

    Interior Cleaning

  1. 1

    Turn gas burner on low.

  2. 2

    Scrub grill grates until clean. Turn burner off and allow to cool.

  3. 3

    Remove grilling grates.

  4. 4

    Scrub the casting sides of the grates with a wire brush to remove dirt and debris.

  5. 5

    Remove sear plates.

  6. 6

    Scrape sear plates with a nylon dish scraper to remove debris. Brush with a wire brush to remove ash.

  7. 7

    Scrape loose debris into the dripping pan.

  8. 8

    Scrape drip tray out with the nylon dish scraper.

    Cleaning Gas Grill Burner

  1. 1

    Mix 1 tbsp dish detergent, 1 cup vinegar and 1 gallon water in a 2-gallon bucket.

  2. 2

    Disconnect the gas supply, and open all valves for 3 minutes to purge them.

  3. 3

    Remove lava rocks and grill grates to reveal the burner. Place lava rocks in the bucket to soak away grease.

  4. 4

    Remove burner cover. Place in bucket to soak.

  5. 5

    Fill a spray bottle with cleaning solution from bucket.

  6. 6

    Spray the burner with cleaning solution. Scrub with a scrub brush to remove grease build-up and debris.

  7. 7

    Wipe down all surfaces. Remove burner cover and lava rocks. Wipe clean and allow to dry.

  8. 8

    Reassemble the grill.

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