How To Clean Fat Residue Off Barbecue Grills

Removing fat residue from barbeque grill should be done immediately after grilling. This prevents the fat residue from hardening and building up and therefore makes it impossible to soil the flavor of other foods cooked in the same grill. Cleaning barbeque grill of fat residue only takes a few minutes of your time. In fact, the job is complete in, at the most, 30 minutes. Here’s how to do it.

  • Take the grill grates off. In some units, grill grates can be removed by pressing the locking mechanism. In other units, you simply need to lift the grill grates off. Whatever way this is done, remember to let your grill cool first before removing the grill grates. But to be always safe, use a pair of rubber gloves when dealing with grills.
  • Scrape the fat residue off. First, wet the grill grates with soapy water. Then, using a piece of metal, scrape off the fat residue beginning from one side to the other. Remember, however, not to apply too much force. Excessive force, in fact, is quite unnecessary, as most of the fat fragments have not yet stuck to the grill grates.
  • Scrub the grill grate. When most of the fats are removed, begin scrubbing the grill grates using a wire brush, steel wool, or stiff brush. This will remove any sticky fat fragments left in the grill grates.
  • Apply oven cleaner. When done scrubbing, you can now put oven cleaner over the grill grates. Put more on areas that still have fat fragments. Let the oven cleaner sit for around 5 to10 minutes. Wash the grill grates with soapy water after. Again, do more scrubbing. Then, rinse with clean water.
  • Dry the grill grates. Use a clean, soft cloth to thoroughly wipe your grill grates dry. If you need to use the grill once more, brush some oil onto the grill grates to prevent food from sticking to the grill and to make subsequent cleaning a lot easier. Remember, however, to apply oil when the grill is still cold, because putting oil when there is already flame might cause serious damages.
  • Clean the interior. Fat residue oftentimes leak into the inside of the grill, so you have to also clean it as well. Again, scrape off any fat residue from the edges and surface of the grill’s interior. Then, spray soapy water or oven cleaner onto the interior and scrub the fat residue away. Pay attention to the parts with the most gunk. Then, with a damp cloth, rinse the interior. Dry it with a dry cloth afterwards.

Aside from soapy water and oven cleaner, vinegar also works well in removing fat residue and breaking down grease. Apply a good amount of vinegar to the grill grates and allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Then, begin to scrub the grill grates. If you prefer, you can also add vinegar to your grill cleaner. Simply mix five parts cleaner and one part vinegar. Use the mixture as you would an ordinary cleaner.


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