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A Quick and Dirty Guide to Cleaning Your Grill or Smoker

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If you’re reading this, chances are good you’ve been grilling throughout the winter and early spring. In any case, now is a perfect time to give your grill or smoker some love. A clean grill not only performs better, it makes you look like a professional.

Steven and I have written numerous blogs on spring grill maintenance. (See links to them below.) This is a distillation of that information with more emphasis on non-toxic cleaning products and useful tools to make the job easier. We’ll also share our best tips for getting your grill or smoker in prime condition for the grilling season ahead.

How to Clean Your Grill or Smoker
1. Spread a tarp over the area where you intend to work.
Before you begin, spread a large heavy-duty waterproof tarp over the area where you intend to work. Grease and carbonized debris can make quite a mess of your patio, driveway, or even the grass.

 

2. Fill a large bucket or tub with hot soapy water.
Fill a large bucket or tub—we like the rectangular bus tubs like those used in restaurants—with hot soapy water. A dishwashing detergent that’s good on grease, such as Dawn, works best.

 

3. Disconnect the gas tank.
Disconnect the gas tank. If it is nearly empty, set it aside for refilling. (To determine the gas level, pour boiling water over the shoulders of the tank. The gas line will reveal itself.) Transport it in a plastic milk crate like this one.

 

4. Loosen any food stuck to the grill grates.
Using a sturdy wire grill brush, loosen any food stuck to the grill grates. Remove the grates, warming rack, Flavorizer bars, drip pans or plates, ash catcher, grease bucket (on pellet grills), etc., and soak them in the hot soapy water. If they are too large for the bucket, slip them into a sturdy garbage bag with soap and water and set aside to soak. Dump any unused charcoal or ash.

 

5. Remove the burner tubes, if it’s an option.
On some gas grill models, the burner tubes are attached to the unit with a small screw or cotter pin. Remove them if it’s an option. Use a bent paper clip to clear any that appear to be plugged. If the burner tubes are not removable, cover them with heavy-duty foil. (Be sure to remove the foil before firing up your grill.)

 

6. If cleaning a pellet grill, remove all the pellets from the pellet bin.
If cleaning a pellet grill, remove all the pellets from the pellet bin, including any that remain in the augur or firebox. Under no circumstances do you want them to come in contact with water or moisture, as they will disintegrate and cause you all kinds of headaches.

 

7. Scrape the underside of the grill lid to loosen and remove carbonized debris.
With a plastic putty knife, pot scrubber, or other dull-bladed tool, scrape the underside of the grill lid to loosen and remove carbonized debris. (It will look like flaking paint.) Clean the firebox with a shop vacuum, using the putty knife to dislodge any burned-on bits.

 

8. Clean the gas line.
Clean the gas line with pipe cleaners or a similar tool—a chopstick wrapped with a paper towel, for example. This is often a hiding spot for spiders or other insects.

 

9. Wash the interior of the grill.
Wash the interior of the grill with hot soapy water and a plastic sponge or scrubby. (Metal scrubbies can easily scratch stainless steel.)

 

10. Sweep out any leaves or other debris from the lower cabinet.
If your grill has a lower cabinet, use a whisk broom to sweep out any leaves or other debris.

 

11. Clean the outside of the grill.
Clean the outside of the grill with hot soapy water, white vinegar, or a non-toxic stainless steel cleaner like Simple Green Stainless Steel Polish. (Try to work on a cloudy day for less streaking.) Polish following the “grain” of the finish. Use a soft toothbrush to clean outside knobs.

 

12. If you own a pellet grill, clean the inside of the chimney.
If you own a pellet grill, remove the cap (it will likely need a good soaking) and use a paint stick, dowel, or bottle brush to clean the inside of the chimney. Carefully wipe down the temperature probe (located inside the firebox) to ensure it continues to give you accurate readings. Clean WiFi-connected mechanisms following the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

13. Dry the grill with soft microfiber towels.
 

14. Scrub the grill grates and any other parts you’ve been soaking.
Scrub the grill grates and any other parts you’ve been soaking. If the debris is stubborn, sprinkle it with white vinegar and coarse salt or baking soda. Let sit for 30 minutes, then scrub vigorously; rinse with clean water from a garden hose.

We’ve discovered a pumice brick, often sold in the grilling section of hardware stores, is an effective tool for cleaning grill grates. (Do not use on porcelain grates.) Be sure to rinse well to remove any dust from the brick. If your grates are cast iron, dry them thoroughly after cleaning and coat with peanut oil.

Grill grates hopelessly rusted? Bite the bullet and invest in a new set. Ditto for any Flavorizer bars that have oxidized or burned through, or lava stones.

 

15. Replace the battery in your grill’s igniter.
If needed, replace the battery in your grill’s igniter. (Many people don’t realize it’s powered by batteries.)

 

16. Lubricate any moving parts (such as grill vents), with WD-40.
 

17. Reassemble the grill.
Reassemble the grill. If apropos, reconnect the gas tank (preferably topped off). Fire up the grill to burn off any soapy residue. Fifteen minutes should be sufficient.

 

18. Spritz your grill grates with water after each grill session to keep them looking pristine.
To keep your grill grates looking pristine, spritz them with water while they’re still screaming hot after each grill session. Any burned on bits of food or sauce should release easily. The process is a bit like deglazing a pan. If the grates are cast iron, finish your grill session by coating them lightly with vegetable oil.

 

19. Prepare a grilled or smoked feast to reward your hard work!
 

For additional blogs devoted to cleaning and maintaining your grill, click here.

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Hot Link Stuffed Tri-tip

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I used a long slender knife to make a cut all the way from the wide end of the tri-tip to the narrow end. I stopped just short of cutting through the narrow end.

The best way to do this is to make a cut all the way through then turn your knife about 45°F and make another cut all the way through.

Insert about a teaspoon of butter in the entryway..

Push the kielbasa, hotlink, etc. all the way in. If it's having too much trouble, try making the cavity just a little wider with your knife.

I used a link of all beef kielbasa with jalapeños in my stuffed tri-tip.

Sprinkle about 1.5 to 2 teaspoons of course kosher salt on the top side of the tri-tip. I use Morton's in the blue box since it is flaked and dissolves much faster and easier than most other kosher salt. Feel free to use another brand/kind but the amount may need to be modified slightly depending on its granule shape and size.

Please see my article on wet brining vs. dry brining for an in-depth look at this subject.

I also sprinkled it real good with my Texas style rub (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled rub)

Place the tri-tip in the fridge overnight if possible or at least 4 hours to give the salt plenty of time to react with the meat.

Here it is after 10 hours.. ready to go in the smoker.

Setup your smoker for cooking at about 225°F using indirect heat. If your smoker uses a water pan, fill it up.

Once your smoker is heated up and producing smoke, place the tri-tip directly on the grate or you can use a pan/rack to ensure the smoke is able to get to all sides.

I used the Hasty Bake Legacy for this cook.. you can use any smoker or even the grill for this as long as you maintain the correct temperature and remove it when it reaches it's perfect finish temperature.

Let the tri-tip cook for 2 hours or until it reaches an internal temperature of 130°F. If you run at 275°F, it will get done in about an hour or less.

If you want to finish the tri-tip with a sear (recommended), remove it from the smoker when it reaches 110°F and place it on a very hot grill, griddle or iron pan. Sear all sides of the tri-tip and don't forget the sides/edges.

On the Hasty Bake you simply need to remove the deflector over the charcoal pan and raise the pan so that it sits right below the grates in the “sear” position.

Watch the meat carefully and turn as required to sear evenly.

Once the tri-tip is finished cooking, set it on a cutting board and slice it according to the diagram on THIS PAGE.

Just beautiful!!

All sliced up!

Great recipe, Rob! It was really cool having a piece of sausage/hot link nestled into each slice and the flavor was out of this world!

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Mad Scientist BBQ Spare Ribs v2.0

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Smoked another slab or ribs and this time I started up the XL slowly to better control the temp. Rubbed with a little Kosher Salt and Oakridge Dominator Sweet Rib Rub. Smoked for 4 hours at 225. Ramped temp up to 275 gradually for an hour. Then wrapped in foil for 30 minutes. Unwrapped and glazed with Rufus Teague Honey Sweet for 30 minutes. This time each rib was moist compared to my last attempt. I believe this is because I was able to control the temp better by not opening the dome several times to spritz. Next time I may go back to Salt and Pepper for the rub and apply 2 hours prior to the cook. My thermapen was probing tender after the short wrap and the temp was 190 internal.

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Camping Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos

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1 hr 20 mins | Yield 10 | September 5, 2020 | Updated: September 5, 2020 by Kita
Camping Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos
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Whether you are prepping for a camping trip or just want to stock the freezer with an easy grab and go breakfast, these make-ahead breakfast burritos are individually wrapped favorites every time!

This post was sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I'm not sure if it's the mountain air or sleeping in a tent, but camping makes me hungry! Luckily, the whole crew can fuel up with my favorite make ahead breakfast burritos.

I love making these in big batches because they are perfect to freeze and pack for camping trips. Plus, they are huge. No one complains about being hungry til supper and for me, when camping, the fewer dishes the better.

Oh, and if you really want to stretch your dollar, you can use up leftovers as the meaty fillings! Pretty much my MO in all my camping recipes.

Tips for Making Burritos Ahead of Time

For quick success when making burritos it's important to cook and prep all of your fillings ahead of time. Once you start filling and rolling, you don't want to stop because you forgot an ingredient.

Have all the fillings prepped and a large clean work surface to lay out all of the burritos on and fill in one swoop, like an assembly line. Then you can wrap and store them, making quick work for this recipe and even easier reheating later.

How to keep them from getting soggy

When prepping the burritos for freezing there are a few handy tricks to avoiding anything from getting soft over time.

Cook and cool everything completely before filling. This prevents steam from the hot foods creating moisture that would otherwise get trapped in. Don't add salsas, or sauces, or pretty much anything that comes with a liquid or oil base. Because, over time, that will make things soggy. Don't use fruits or veggies that will soften and release liquid. Like avocados. They just get mushy. Or tomato slices…. you get where I am going with this. Wrap and store well. Any freezer burn, ice crystals, or thaw and freeze is never good when it comes to keeping a good texture in foods. Freezing homemade burritos

Once you have prepped these burritos, tightly wrap them in parchment paper and store them in a resealable bag, with as much air removed as possible.

You can freeze burritos for up to 3 months. But if I am going to keep them that long, I also wrap them in foil to prevent ice crystals forming on them (which is another tip to prevent soggy burritos).

How to cook burritos on the campfire

When you are ready to reheat the burritos at camp, make sure you have a low and even fire going. A blazing fire looks pretty but Smokey the bear doesn't think that's safe, and nor does it create an ideal cooking environment.

Remove them from the baggie and parchment paper. (If you are at home, reheating these in the microwave, parchment paper is no big thing, but at a campfire, it's not the best way to re-heat anything that you don't want to catch on fire).

Rewrap the burritos tightly in aluminum foil before tossing them over the coals. You can toss the burritos right onto the side of the embers, if you have built an offset fire, making sure to rotate them for even cooking. Or place them on a grilling grate above the fire.

Just have someone standing by to rotate them every so often so the heat is hitting all the spots evenly. No one likes that random cold bite of burrito. No one.

Pro tip: If you don't have frozen tots on hand, use up leftovers as the potato filling – like these cast iron fries that are amazing as burrito filling.

Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos

This make-ahead recipe has everything set to cook over the campfire with hearty potato and egg filled burritos that are going to fuel you through any hike and all day long.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, Camping, Fusion

Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Resting Time5 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins

Servings: 10

InstructionsCook the Crispy Tots:Preheat oven to 400 degrees or to what the directions on the packaged potatoes instruct.
Arrange the potato tots on a baking sheet in a single layer.
Bake until the potato tots are golden and crispy, shaking the tray gently, halfway through cooking time to rotate the tots.
When thoroughly crisped and golden on all sides, remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
Scramble the Eggs:Whisk the eggs in a large bowl.
Preheat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
Pour the eggs in and allow curds to form.
Gently, using a rubber spatula, fold in the eggs, a little at a time as they form.
When the eggs are just set, still showing a glean of moisture, remove them from the heat and season with salt and pepper as desired.
Spoon the eggs onto a plate to prevent them from overcooking in the heat of the skillet and allow them to cool completely.
Toast the Poblano Pepper:Using a flame from a gas range, or over a grill, toast the poblanos over high heat on all sides, rotating as each side begins to blacken and blister.
Place the peppers in foil and wrap.
Allow the peppers to sit for 5 minutes until cool.
By now, the skin will have softened and you can peel it off of the peppers, discarding it.
Chop the now peeled peppers, discarding the seeds, and set aside.
Cook the Sausage:Add 1 tsp of butter to In the now empty skillet, sautee the onion until soft, about 4 minutes.
Add the sausage and cook, breaking up into small pieces and browning thoroughly all over, about 15 minutes.
Add the chopped poblano peppers.
Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
Assemble the Burritos:On a large clean work surface, arrange all of the tortillas out.
Place 2 slices of cheese down the center of each.
Arrange 12 crispy potato tots in the in rows of 3 on the center over the cheese.
Top with equal portions of eggs, beans, sausage and veggie mix, and bacon.
Carefully fold the edges a burrito up, over the filling, before rolling. Use your thumbs to hold in the filling as you roll.
Place seam side down to keep from opening up while you complete rolling all the burritos.
Wrap Burritos for Freezing:Tightly wrap each burrito in parchment paper.
Then wrap each burrito in an additional layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil.
Line them all up on a baking sheet and allow them to freeze for 1 hour before storing in a resealable bag for up to a month.
Date the bag with a permanent marker for later use.
Place in the freezer until ready to use.
Cook the Burritos:When ready to cook, preheat your grill or campfire for indirect heat. See note.
Place the burritos, in foil, directly on the coals on the cooler side of the campfire or on the cooler side of the grill.
Grill the burritos for about 30-35 minutes.
Rotate every 10 minutes, turning evenly on all sides to ensure even cooking until the burritos are warmed through and the cheese is melted.

NotesThis recipe works best if everything is cooked ahead of time and allowed to cool completely before assembling the burritos. This allows the liquids to evaporate or steam to cool, which would otherwise cause moisture to make the burritos soggy.
When cooking outside, the elements will be a factor for if the burritos need to heat longer before being enjoyed.
Indirect heat is when the fire is built to one side while the other side remains cooler. Do this by stacking the coals of a campfire to one side of the grill pit, or turning one burner to low or off on a gas grill.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos

Amount Per Serving (1 g)

Calories 0

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Published Date: 09/05/20

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