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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.)

 

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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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5 Tips to BEST BURGERS! | Make the best Homemade Grilled Burgers using these tips!

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In this video I will show you how to MAKE THE BEST BURGERS on your Grill, Smoker or any Cooker using IMPORTANT Tips which I’ve compiled from years of trial and error! I cook these burgers on a Weber Genesis Gas Grill but you can do this on ANY cooker ANY style that you prefer such as hot/fast, low/slow etc. Thank you for watching!

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Grilled Orange Chicken Skewers and Chicken Thighs Grilled Recipes

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Grilled chicken thighs are tender and juicy. The dry rub you use on the thighs helps them absorb the flavor of the grill. You can use parsley, cilantro, or a combination of both. The thighs should be cooked until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Chicken thighs vary in thickness, so be sure to check the thickness when you choose a cooking method. You should also consider the amount of fat each piece has. Skin-on thighs are usually higher in fat than boneless ones. Bone-in skin-on thighs will cook more quickly, but may need some minor adjustments. The thickness of the chicken also affects the cooking time.

If using skin-on chicken thighs, start by placing them on the hot side of the grill. This will prevent the skin side from burning. Turn them over after five minutes and cook the other side. This will prevent flare-ups caused by drainage of fat. Move the chicken to a different side of the grill every five minutes to let it sear.

Another great way to prepare chicken thighs is to brace them. This method will give the meat a crispy skin and juicy meat. You can also cook the thighs in the oven or skillet. Just be sure to check the temperature to make sure they are cooked all the way through. After this step, your chicken thighs will be ready to eat!

Chicken thighs grilled recipes are great for dinner parties and barbecues, and you can make them ahead of time for easy meal prep. You can also store leftovers in an airtight container. A salad or fried rice would be the perfect complement to your chicken thighs. You can also marinate the chicken thighs a day in advance if you like. If you do not have time to do so, you can make the marinade ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator.

When it comes to grilling chicken thighs, it is important to remove moisture. Doing so will give you a crispy skin and tender insides. After that, you can place the chicken thighs on a grill and cook them for five to seven minutes on each side. When the thighs are done, they can be served with salad or wrapped in bread. If you do not serve them immediately, you can reheat them in the microwave or air fryer using bbq sauce.

Chicken thighs should be brushed with olive oil and seasoned on both sides. After that, you can place them on the grill, skin side down. Cook the chicken until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Once done, remove the chicken from the gill and let it rest for 5 to ten minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Clean a Charcoal Grill?

Remove any food residue and clean the grill thoroughly with water. Always heat your grill to at least halfway before using it. If grease builds up on the grates, you can scrape it off with a metal spatula. Once cleaned, wipe down the grates with a damp cloth.

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You can also scrub grates with a piece of wire mesh if you don’t have a grillbrush. After cleaning, rinse the grates.

How do you keep a charcoal grill lit.

To keep a charcoal grill lit, you need to light the coals first, then place them into the grill. This is easiest to do with a chimney starter. The chimney starter is a tube made of metal filled with charcoal briquettes. When ignited, hot air rises through the chimney to ignite the charcoal in the grill.

What is the distinction between a charcoal grill and a smoker, you ask?

Grills use open flames to cook food. A smoker is an appliance that uses smoke to prepare food.

Grills are used for grilling meats, vegetables and seafood. Smokers are commonly used to smoke meats and cheeses as well as fruits and vegetables.

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There are many kinds of grills. Some are better suited for certain types of foods than others. A pellet grill is suitable for large cuts of beef, while a kettle barbecue is more suitable to grill steaks and breasts.

How to Keep a Charcoal Cooker Hot.

The bottom half of a charcoal grill should be filled with coals. Once the lid is on, heat the top. This is a great way to grill steaks, chicken breasts and fish fillets.

For larger items such whole chickens or pork shoulders, ribs and briskets you should place these items directly on the grill. If you’re cooking smaller items such as shrimp, scallops, salmon, and other delicate foods, you can cover them with foil.

You should not leave the lid on a charcoal grill for too long. You can cause your food to be unevenly cooked if you leave the lid too open.

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  • Flip the steak over at about 60% of the cooking time. (omahasteaks.com)
  • You do this with charcoal, though, by distributing at least 75 percent of the coals to one side, creating two different temperature zones. (foodandwine.com)

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How To

How to Make a Perfect Steak

The perfect steak is one that has been marinated, grilled, and then served immediately. Here’s how to extract the maximum flavor from your steak.

1. Marinate the steak overnight with equal amounts of red wine vinegar, soy sauce and sugar. Let the steak sit in this mixture for about 30 minutes.

2. Heat a grill to high heat. The marinade should be removed from the steak and rubbed dry.

3. Season the steak with salt and pepper. Place the steak onto the grill. Close the cover. The steak should be grilled for 5 minutes each side until it reaches a temperature of 120°F (49°C).

4. Transfer the steak to your cutting board. Allow it to rest for 5 minutes. Slice the grain thinly. Serve immediately

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What to Serve With Lemongrass Ginger Chicken Thighs

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Lemongrass chicken is a delicious Asian-style chicken dish that is both healthy and gluten-free. It takes only 25 minutes to prepare and hits all the right notes for a satisfying meal. Its flavor is savory and slightly sweet, making it perfect for noodle bowls, salads, and sandwiches.

To make this dish, you will need chicken breast meat, lemongrass, and sugar. You can chop lemongrass into a fine pulp or use one clove of garlic. Leave the chicken to marinate for 30 minutes to an hour, but longer is better. Meanwhile, heat oil in a non-stick skillet. When the oil is hot, add the chicken thighs and fry for about four minutes on each side. When the chicken is cooked, it will release its juices.

Lemongrass adds a zesty lemon flavor to chicken and is versatile in a variety of recipes. First, prepare the lemongrass. Trim it at the base and top. Next, grate or chop it. Next, make a lemongrass sauce by combining the lemongrass with ginger, garlic, and honey. Then, add the chicken to the sauce. Cook for thirty to sixty minutes. The longer you marinate the chicken, the more flavourful it will be.

You can use a blender or food processor to grind lemongrass. The yellow stems are more tender than the green stalks, so you can grind them finely to add to your chicken. Lemongrass leaves and roots can also be used in stews and soups. Lemongrass stalks and leaves are usually discarded after harvest, but you can save them and use them in other recipes. They’re also inexpensive.

Lemongrass is an aromatic herb used in many Vietnamese dishes. It’s used to flavor chicken and other dishes, such as rice porridge and certain soups. It also imparts a deep red color to the marinade. It’s easy to make, too, and can be made at home quickly.

Lemongrass Chicken is an excellent weeknight meal. It’s quick and easy to prepare, and is packed with flavor. It’s a great way to add a touch of exotic flair to your meals. With its delicious citrus flavor and a low-fat recipe, it’s a delicious and healthy meal for the entire family. You can make this dish at home without any special equipment, and it’ll be ready in 15 minutes.

Once marinated, the chicken should be cooked. Depending on the type of chicken, it can be cooked in a variety of ways. After cooking, the chicken should rest for at least 5 minutes. Then, garnish with fresh cilantro or edible flowers. You can also serve the chicken with a side of extra lime juice for additional flavor.

To cook chicken with lemongrass, heat two tablespoons of canola oil in a large skillet until it is 170degC (340degF). After adding the chicken pieces to the skillet, stir fry the chicken over high heat until it reaches a golden brown color. When it reaches 165degF, remove it from the heat and set aside to rest for 15 minutes before carving.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to Set Up and Light a Charcoal Grill?

Charcoal grills come with one or both electric and charcoal options. While they’re easier to use than charcoal barbecues, electric grills don’t produce the same heat. You’ll also find that electric grills tend to cost less than charcoal grills.

First, place charcoal on the bottom of the grill to ignite a charcoal barbecue. Then add wood chips or chunks to the firebox. To distribute the coals evenly over the grill’s surface, heat them up with tongs. Once the coals start burning, remove the cover and wait until they are completely extinguished.

How to Start an Electric Grill

A reliable supplier must be able to sell quality equipment at an affordable price in order to set up an electric grill. The first step is to decide what kind of grill you want to purchase. Next, consider the space available for the grill and where it will be placed. Finally, decide whether gas or electric. The last thing you need to decide is whether you want to use propane or charcoal grills.

How do you start a Propane or Gas Grill

Propane grills are among the easiest to use. It is easy to fill up your propane tank, ignite the grill, then wait for your food. Cooking with propane is simple. There are no oil splatters, grease accumulation, or flare-ups.

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Propane tanks can also be purchased at Home Depot or Lowes. These tanks come in sizes from 20 to 60 gallons.

What is the difference of a barbecue and a smoker?

Grills use open flames to cook food. A smoker is a device that uses smoke to cook food.

Grills can be used to grill meats, vegetables, fish and seafood as well as poultry and breads. Smokers are used to smoke meats, cheeses and fruits.

There are many options for grills today. Each grill is better for different food types. A pellet grill is great for large cuts of meat; a kettle grill works well for chicken breasts and steaks.

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How To

Grilled Chicken: Tips

Grill chicken breasts whole or cut into strips. The thicker the breast, the longer it takes to cook.

To avoid burning the outside of the chicken, use a barbecue mitt to hold the chicken while you flip it.

Remove the skin from the chicken before grilling to ensure tender and juicy meat.

Grill chicken by coating both sides with vegetable oils. Then season each piece with salt or black pepper.

Cover the grill with the chicken. Turn the chicken once or twice in the first 15 minutes.

Check the chicken after 15 minutes. If the chicken looks well done, you can continue to grill it. Otherwise, you can transfer it to indirect heat.

Turn the chicken every 10 minutes. Continue grilling until the juices run clear when the thickest part of the thigh is pierced with a knife.

Place the chicken on a platter.

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