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Cleaning grill grates
« on: May 01, 2012, 03:41:18 PM »
Anyone have a good method for deep cleaning their grill grates? I've tried a few things but haven't found anything I really like. I was thinking of giving PBW a try after reading the jar. Anyone have any luck with that?
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Re: Cleaning grill grates
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2012, 03:43:39 PM »
I never clean the grates after use.
When ready to grill, fire it up, get it hot, and rub down with a ball of tin foil.
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Re: Cleaning grill grates
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2012, 03:49:53 PM »
If your grill is cast iron you don't want to deep clean it. Cooked in grease not only keeps it from rusting but also makes your food taste better. This is called "seasoning".
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Re: Cleaning grill grates
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2012, 04:45:19 PM »
Get you a spray bottle of water and after the grill is very hot, spray and wire brush it. There a commercial TV product that does the same thing, but this is cheaper.

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Re: Cleaning grill grates
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2012, 04:49:18 PM »
I never clean the grates after use.
When ready to grill, fire it up, get it hot, and rub down with a ball of tin foil.

This is what I do.  Our use a good grill brush.  The key is getting it nice and hot before cleaning.

For a cast iron grate that I had "let go" and had gotten rusty, I hit it with a drill mounted wire brush and re-seasoned.
« Last Edit: May 01, 2012, 04:51:32 PM by Headless Monk »
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Re: Cleaning grill grates
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2012, 05:10:50 PM »
I use a wire brush and a scraper on both sides and maybe give it a wipe with some paper.

I used to spray wash the grate when using a bunch of sticky BBQ sauce. If one doesn't  get rid of this type of residue then they are risking the "sh!ts"! I've heard of people putting the grate in the dishwasher.

Now I just use the brush etc and wipe it off real good. Never have to oil the grate before using it either.   
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Re: Cleaning grill grates
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2012, 05:50:55 PM »
I use a wire brush and a scraper on both sides and maybe give it a wipe with some paper.

This is my method.  ^^^^
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Re: Cleaning grill grates
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2012, 06:13:09 PM »
I got a dry wall mixing tub and put a couple inches of water in that
when the grate is still good and hot I just plop em in that tub of water
sssssst then use a stiff bristle brush to finish scrubbin em off.

Pull out, dry and spray with pam....or similiar.
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Re: Cleaning grill grates
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2012, 06:46:35 PM »
I got a dry wall mixing tub and put a couple inches of water in that
when the grate is still good and hot I just plop em in that tub of water
sssssst then use a stiff bristle brush to finish scrubbin em off.

Pull out, dry and spray with pam....or similiar.

The water on a hot grill really breaks off the crud.

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Re: Cleaning grill grates
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2012, 06:51:35 PM »
Pull out, dry and spray with pam....or similiar.

I wipe down my cast iron grates with vegetable oil after cleaning.  Helps keep them from corroding and seasons them.
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Re: Cleaning grill grates
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2012, 07:16:35 PM »
I go with the get it real hot on the preheat and then use the grill brush.  Every couple years I might take them out and really scrub them.  My grates are stainless by the way.
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Re: Cleaning grill grates
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2012, 12:19:52 PM »
BEST method ever- take an onion, slice it in half, stab it on the end of your long grilling fork, flat side down. Then dunk it in your favorite oil and rub on the hot grill right before slappin' down some steaks or burgers. Works every time and tastes great. That's how we do it in Argentina, where grill masters (asadores) reign supreme!
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Re: Cleaning grill grates
« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2012, 02:13:28 PM »
If I let my grates get bad enough that "cooking off the excess" isn't good enough, my power washer does a fine job of stripping them clean.  Then you can reseason them.

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Re: Cleaning grill grates
« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2012, 03:56:06 AM »
BEST method ever- take an onion, slice it in half, stab it on the end of your long grilling fork, flat side down. Then dunk it in your favorite oil and rub on the hot grill right before slappin' down some steaks or burgers. Works every time and tastes great. That's how we do it in Argentina, where grill masters (asadores) reign supreme!

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Re: Cleaning grill grates
« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2012, 05:04:51 AM »
Place an disposable aluminum pan (I use old lasagna pans) over the area you grill on. This serves to act as a reflector and concentrate the heat for quicker grate heating and with longer exposure, gets the temperature up in the "oven clean" area. This makes scraping with a wire brush easier as well as reducing the amount of fuel required to get your grill hot. Usually I follow that with a quick spread of vegetable oil from a paper towel, but for my next steak, I've got to try the Argentine Asadore onion technique! After the grill is turned off, I return the aluminum pans to the grill and the residual heat seems to make it easier to clean the next time.