Cleaning Grills – The Good and Bad Sides of Dirty Grills

Firing up the outdoor grill for an al fresco taste of food can be exciting. However, some folks cook on a grimy grill in view that dirt and bacteria will be eliminated by the heat of the grill. But, who wants to eat a fish cooked on a grate covered in last week’s dinner? Other than that, cooking on a dirty grill can impair the taste of any food. It is unsanitary and unappetizing and is completely discouraged.

Cleaning your grill does not need to be immaculately done, though, you just have to make sure it will not be loaded with fungus, mold, yeast, and bacteria that can grow and multiply in the grill. What you put in your grill is bacteria’s favorite food – raw meat. In fact, it’s not advisable to reuse the marinade that you had raw ribs, chicken or seafood soaking in as it contains bacteria that could not be killed by the heat of the grill.

The way to clean a grill depends on whether it uses charcoal or gas. But generally, you can place the cooking grates in a pan of hot, soapy water and degrease with a dish detergent. Scrub the cooking surfaces with a plastic brush or scouring pad. For deeply-embedded dirt, sprinkling it with baking soda before scrubbing can be helpful. Rinse well and let dry. After the grill has dried, wipe the cooking grates with oil. This acts as a stabilizer and will help keep food from sticking.

Like any cookware, grills should also be cleaned after every use because cleaning is easiest this way. While the grill is cool enough to touch, it makes it easier to scrub and remove food particles. Leaving it to cool with the burnt food stuffs on makes the job much more difficult. But again, washing your grill to get rid of left food particles and the ash out are very important, but the inside doesn’t have to be aridly oil-free. The seasoned black “dirty-looking” grate can help protect it between cooking, protecting and arming you against dreaded rust.

Like a good cast iron grill pan, regular grilling seasons the inside of the grill providing a good layer of seasoning which makes it easier to hold at a specific temperature over a very dry grill. If you have ever tried to use a regular grill as smoker to make some barbecue, you know how important this is. If you constantly want to get your grill grates super clean, start up a fire as normal, leaving the cooking grates off of the grill. Once the fire is blazing hot, cover the top side of the cooking grates with aluminum foil, then position the grate over the hot coals. Cover the grill and let the grates heat up for about five minutes. The foil traps in heat and super heats the bars, crumbling away burnt on food and grease.

If grilling provides for a wholesome diet, grilling the food in a clean grill provides maximum flavor that’s worth all the effort. Nothing tastes better than food barbecued in a clean grill, and the fact that food will come into direct contact with it, grills should always be properly cleaned.