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Make That Grill Shine and Those Burgers Even Tastier!

Aug 17, 2007
All individuals would agree that food cooked on a barbecue grill stainless steel tastes better when the grill is clean. Despite this fact, those same fans of barbecued pork chop often turn this task into a once-a-year project, believing that their barbecues are magically self-cleaning and that all the particles of food, grease, and seasonings left on the grill burn off once the barbecue is fired up again. To a degree, they are correct.

However to ensure your barbecue grill is ready to take on its next batch of wieners, it is recommended that you clean it after each time you use it, at least lightly. Lightly cleaning the grill, but, does not mean you can get away from doing a thorough, take-it-all-apart type of cleaning every now and again. And for a thorough cleaning, you need the right barbecue grill cleaner.

Choosing Your Barbecue Grill Cleaner

Assuming your barbecue is set up outside and not in your living room, you'll want to use an outdoor grill cleaner that is biodegradable and environmentally safe. You do not want to hose toxic chemicals straight into your lawn. Thankfully, in response to consumers growing preference for environment-friendly products, finding environmentally safe outdoor grill cleaners should be fairly easy. Test the label to be sure.

One note of caution for those who own barbecues with stainless steel grills: stainless steel, despite its name, can actually become discolored and may even rust if it is scratched. To clean the stainless steel grill on your barbecue, you must use a stainless steel grill cleaner. Stainless steel grill cleaners are specially formulated to be non-abrasive. Again, test the label of the product you plan to buy just to be sure it is the correct one for your barbecue grill.

Tools Needed To Clean Your Barbecue Grill

To give your barbecue grill a light cleaning after you have just used it (not before), make sure it is turned off however still warm. Gently scrape and scrub the left behind food deposits, grease, and seasonings with a hardened steel bristle brush. Again, if your barbecue grill is made of stainless steel, do not use a brush with steel bristles, but rather one made with rubber or plastic bristles instead. Even a plain damp rag or sponge will do. You do not want to scratch your stainless steel grill at any cost!

When the time comes to give your barbecue and its grill a thorough cleaning, you can use that same brush, however with a great barbecue cleaner that is appropriate for the type of grill you have. Simply remove the grill from your barbecue, spray with the cleaner, and let it sit for the amount of time recommended on the label. Scrub away all traces of stains and deposits. Hose the cleaner off and voila! A clean, shiny, looks-brand-new grill will appear. Make sure to let your grill, as well as the other parts of your barbecue, air dry completely before re-assembling and firing it up again. Mmmm your hamburgers never tasted so great!
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