How to Clean Grill Grates in a Self-cleaning Oven

From backyard barbecuers to five-star chefs, cooks throughout the world have elevated grilling to a fine art.

Ensure tasty, attractive grilled foods with regular grate cleaning.Ensure tasty, attractive grilled foods with regular grate cleaning.
Upholding high grilling standards includes cleanliness. Excessive use can leave a grill grate caked with grease and stuck-on matter, which transfer to foods being cooked, possibly compromising the flavor and appearance of the finished items. Take much of the work out of maintaining a grill by burning off hard-to-remove gunk from a grill grate in the heat of a self-cleaning oven.

Remove as much stuck-on matter as possible from the grill grate by scrubbing it with a grill brush.

Spray the grill grate with natural, fume-free oven and grill cleaner. Allow the grill cleaner to soak for the time indicated in the grill cleaner directions then wipe down the grill grate with a damp sponge or cloth.

Clean any spills or loose matter from inside the oven before beginning the self-cleaning process.

Open windows and doors in the home to allow for smoke ventilation during the cleaning process.

Place the grill grate on an oven rack and set the oven to self-cleaning mode. Run self-cleaning for at least two hours.

Allow the oven to cool for two hours. Remove the grill grate and wipe it down with a damp sponge or cloth. Remove any ash from the oven floor and wipe down the oven walls.

Season the grill grate. Rub steel grates with cooking oil. Rub cast iron grates with shortening.

Things You Will Need

  • Grill brush
  • Natural oven and grill cleaner
  • Sponge or cloth


  • Consult the user's manual for the grill before placing grates in the self-cleaning oven to ensure that the manufacturer does not advise against such practices. Consult the user's manual for the oven as well, as some manufacturers require removing the oven racks.

About the Author

Mason Howard is an artist and writer in Minneapolis. Howard's work has been published in the "Creative Quarterly Journal of Art & Design" and "New American Paintings." He has also written for art exhibition catalogs and publications. Howard's recent writing includes covering popular culture, home improvement, cooking, health and fitness. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota.