Part of the fun of grilling is that there are fewer pots and pans to wash than stovetop cooking, right? Well, while you generally don't have to scrub down your gas grill to shiny perfection after each use, you should give it a deep clean once in a while to make sure it runs safely and efficiently. Here's how!
According to cookbook author and grilling expert Diane Morgan, "A clean grill is a well-functioning, well-performing grill. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning the grill annually or semiannually (depending on how much you grill)."
You don't want any unsafe buildup of grease in your grill, and you want to make sure that the gas can flow easily through the ports. No one wants any scary flareups or strange smells coming from their grill either.
If you don't have the original cleaning instructions that came with your grill, just follow our steps here!
How To Clean a Gas Grill
What You Need
Grill brush or other cleaning brush
Cleaning rags or paper towels
Bristle brush or putty knife
Soap and water
- Gather your cleaning supplies: You'll need gloves (optional), grill brush or other cleaning brush, cleaning rags or paper towels, bristle brush or putty knife, and soap and water.
- Turn off the gas supply: Make sure the gas supply is turned off, or you can also detach the gas tank from the grill.
- Clean the grill grates: Remove the grill grates and clean them with a grill brush or other coarse cleaning brush.
- Clean anything covering the burners: Remove any V-shaped metal bars, ceramic briquettes, or lava stones that cover the burners, and brush them clean.
- Clean the burner tubes: Lightly brush the burner tubes and make sure all the gas ports are clean and open.
- Clean the bottom of the grill and the lid: Brush or wipe any debris out of the bottom of the grill. If there is peeling black paint on the grill lid or bottom, use a bristle brush or putty knife to scrape off the carbon flakes.
- Clean the grease collection tray: Clean the grease collection tray with soap and water, or replace any disposable pans as needed.
- Wipe down the outside of the grill: Wipe down the outside of the grill and any side tables with soap and water.
- Put the grill back together: Put all the parts of the grill back together; now you're ready to grill!
Important Notes on Maintaining Your Gas Grill
- Check your grease collection tray: Every time you grill, make sure the tray is not full, since that can lead to a dangerous grease fire.
- Brush the grill grates before grilling: After you preheat the grill, brush the grate with a grill brush or wadded piece of foil to remove the burnt bits of food from the last grilling session. It's easier to loosen the bits when the grates are hot.
- Oil the grate: Oil the hot grates before grilling so food doesn't stick.
- Brush the grates after grilling: If you have time, brush the grates one more time after grilling.