Remember the delicious smells of grilling steaks, pork chops, chicken skewers, hot dogs or hamburgers? Well, as tasty as they are, they also have something in common...they stick to the grill of your barbecue! You know that the sticky residue could not only affect the cooking process of your next meal, but it could also change the flavor and stick to it. Cooking time could also be affected by this residue, but cleaning the grill may seem to be a tedious task. But there is a way to clean it thoroughly without spending hours soaking the grill, dealing with unbreathable sprays or turning your hands into prunes. It is as easy as 1-2-3! Just try this!
- Cover it all up! Close the lid of your barbecue. It will allow the temperature to rise to the maximum. It will avoid a loss of heat which is a crucial part of the cleaning process. Do not open it for 5 minutes, as the heat builds up.
- Make it hot, hot, hot! Crank up the heat of both propane burners to the high position. Wait until the maximal temperature has reached the top of the thermometer. If you have no thermometer or other temperature readers, simply wait 5 minutes as it is the time that it takes to reach the maximal temperature. Then shut everything off and open the lid of the barbecue to proceed in cleaning up the grill of the barbecue.
- Brush it all off! Use a wire brush to brush off the ashes of what was once sticky residue. This type of brush is better as its bristles can handle the heat and will not melt or catch fire. It is usually sold in the same department where you purchased your barbecue. Thoroughly brush off the residue; it is coming off as ashes, due to the extreme heat. It is now history!
In order to avoid sticky residue or diminish the amount of it on your grill, here are a few helpful tips:
- Use some cooking spray to cover the grill prior to turning on the burners.
- Soak wooden skewers in water for an hour, as it will prevent them from burning.
- Soak your corn on the cob to prevent it from burning.
- Use marinades for the meat.
- There are some foods such as potatoes that can be cooked in foil.
- Use an empty can to catch the dripping from underneath the barbecue.
- Cut the excess fat but do not cut it all, as you need some fat to keep your meat tender and juicy.
As you can see, cleaning up a barbecue grill is far from being a tedious task. It is really as easy as 1-2-3!