How To Clean a Barbeque Grill

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Burn It Off

The less you have to clean from your Barbeque grill – the easier it will be. For both charcoal and gas grills simply turn the flame on high after you have finished cooking or you can do this before putting food on and let the high temps or flames burn off most of the baked on food or grease.

Burn It Off While Covered With Aluminum Foil

Another trick you can try for really baked-on food is to place a piece of aluminum foil over the top of the grill grates – then turn heat on high for approximately 10 minutes. Pull the aluminum foil off and follow up by scraping grill with a wire brush.


Strange as it sounds, coffee can also make Barbeque Grill cleaning easier. Simply pour a pot of leftover coffee over the cooled rack and then wipe it dry.

Oven Cleaner

A great way to get a Barbeque Grill clean is to use Oven Cleaner. Spray the cooled rack with an oven cleaner such as Easy Off and place in a large plastic garbage bag. Tie the bag closed and leave the grill in the bag outside overnight. The next day remove the grill from the bag, hose down and dispose of the garbage bag. (Do not use oven cleaner on the Barbeque itself however because it remove the paint.)


Vinegar works great when it comes to cleaning a barbecue grill. Mix two cups of vinegar with two cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake well to insure it is mixed. Then spray the entire grill on both sides until totally saturated. Leave the mixture on the grill for about 15 minutes to dry.

Then empty your spray bottle and add just plain vinegar. Take a piece of aluminum foil, fold it into a 2 inch square – spray the foil with the vinegar and use that square to clean in between the slats of the grill and to take off any remaining baked on food. (There is no need to rinse afterwards.)

Warm Water

Sometime soaking your grill in warm water for about a half hour is all you need to make grill cleaning easier. Fill a sink with warm to hot water and let the grill soak. You can also add some vinegar or dishwashing liquid to the water if you choose.

Wire Brush

This is one of the most popular ways to clean your barbecue grill. The real trick however is to do it after you have finished cooking instead of before. After you are done cooking, let the grill cool a little until it is just warm. Then use your wire brush to brush off food particles. It is easier to remove food while it is still soft as opposed to when it has cooled and hardened completely. You can follow up by brushing a light coat of cooking oil on the grill with a paper towel or spray with a cooking spray to prevent future sticking.

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