One of the essential tools in your BBQ arsenal is your grill. But how often do you clean it? It’d be fantastic if you remembered to properly care for this item and maintain it in good operating order for as long as you can.
In addition to ovens and stoves, portable grills are the most common outdoor cooking equipment used today. There are many different portable grills on the market, with some being designed for specific uses like a charcoal grill for slow cooking or searing meats, woks for stir-frying veggies, and more.
A portable grill is a cooking appliance typically carried outdoors by its owner. Portable grills can range from small, light-weight models carried by hand or shoulder strap or even in a laptop bag to heavier models with wheels or handles attached.
Most portable grills are constructed with detachable pieces that allow users to adapt the appliance to their unique needs to meet the expectations of a broad range of users.
To use your grill effectively, you must know how to remove and clean removable elements like the drip tray, ash pan, and grease trap.
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Removable Elements of a Portable Grill
A portable grill is one of the most critical outdoor cooking tools every outdoor cook should own. It is an essential part of a camping trip, backyard barbecue, and even an evening at the beach. They are designed with removable pieces that can be stored in a backpack or inside the grill to help make packing up easier.
The detachable parts distinguish a portable barbecue from a standard grill. The removable features can vary based on the grilling you will be doing. The removable parts of portable grills include:
- Cooking Grate – This is where food cooks, and it is often coated with grease before cooking that needs to be cleaned off before serving.
- Cooking Plates – These are flat plates where food gently cooks or is grilled when using a grill plate
- Lifting Top Lid – This is typically where you put food on a plate after grilling it.
Steps to Clean Portable Grill
Cleaning your portable grill is not as difficult as it seems. You need to follow these simple steps that will make your grill look brand-new.
Here are five steps for how to clean a portable grill:
Unplug the Grill
The first step to clean a portable grill when cooking your food is unplugging it from the power source.
You will notice that the outside of the grill will be a little warm, but that’s because of residual heat vaporizing off of the metal.
Soak the Grate in Baking Soda and Water
The next step is usually to scrub all of the grates with a wire brush so you can remove any stuck-on food particles. If you don’t have anything that looks like a wire brush, you can soak your grill in water with baking soda for about 30 minutes before proceeding to scrub. This will also help to remove any stuck-on food particles.
Scrub Outside and Inside of the Grate
A wire brush is another way that people can clean their grill. Scrub outside and inside of the grate with steel wool until it is shiny and clean. This method will remove debris stuck in the grates and scrape off any residue that may be left on the grill itself. The wire brush will also take off any dirt or rust from the outside surface of the grates.
Scrub the Inside of the Lid
Scrub the inside of the lid with a sponge and dish soap. This can ensure that food doesn’t stick and that your grill does not rust when it’s not in use.
Rinse With Water and Wipe It Down
Wash your grill with water and wipe it down to ensure that your portable grill is clean.
Cleaning Equipment for Grills
There are a lot of cleaning products that you need to clean your portable grill. We have compiled a list of cleaning and maintaining equipment for your grill.
- Brushes and Scrubbing Pads: These tools help you scrub the grates, burners, and other grill parts. They are usually made with soft bristles or foam that cleans without scratching. Brushes with stiff bristles are best for cleaning the drip pans.
- Scrubber: You use this tool to clean grates and other parts of your grill. It often has a long handle and a sponge on one end.
- Dish Brush: This brush is designed to clean dishes from pots and pans and any cooking utensil.