Remove the food from the grill after cooking. Allow the grill to stay hot for another 15 minutes to burn off cooked-on food or grease.
While the grill is still hot, scrub the grate with a stiff-bristled grill brush. If you don't have a grill brush, use crumpled up aluminum foil. Scrub the entire surface to remove any remaining food and grease then allow the grill to cool overnight.
Pour cooled ash and soot into a trash bag-lined garbage can with a lid. Scrape out the drip pan to remove solidified grease and food particles. Place these in the garbage can and secure the lid to prevent animals from getting into the trash can.
Fill a bucket with 1 gallon hot water and 1 tsp. dishwashing detergent. Dip a sponge in the soapy mixture and wash out the inside of the grill lid, the drip pan and the grill grate, if it needs it. Rinse them off with water and allow them to air dry.
Cover your barbecue grill with a grill cover in between uses. This prevents bird droppings and dirt from making the outside of your grill dirty in addition to preventing rust by keeping the grill dry.
Things You Will Need
- Stiff-bristled grill brush
- Aluminum foil
- Trash can with lid
- 1 tsp. dishwashing detergent
- Grill cover
- Place aluminum foil beneath messy, greasy food to prevent a stuck-on mess on the grill grate.