If your barbecue grill is getting greasy, sooty buildup, the cleanup might be quicker and easier than you think. To start with, grilling experts say, it’s not necessary to scrub the interior of your grill, whether you have a charcoal grill or a gas grill. In fact, allowing residue from cooking smoke to accumulate inside the grill seasons it, imparting a better flavor to the food you cook. This is similar to seasoning a new cast-iron skillet with oil before you cook with it.
If flaky stuff falling off the inside of the grill bothers you, just remove it once a season using a wet, soapy sponge, followed by a wipe with a wet, nonsoapy sponge. That’s all you need to do.
Clean the Grate While It’s Hot
Although you’ll save time by not cleaning the inside of the grill, experts advise that you regularly clean the grate that holds the food. Greasy clumps of burnt food that accumulate on this grate can give a bad flavor to the next round of food you grill.
To clean the grate easily, first preheat your grill with the lid down for a few minutes until the grate is hot. Then scrub it with a long-handled brass-bristled brush. Be careful not to touch the hot grate with your hand.
Do this after you’ve finished cooking. If you clean the grate like this each time you use it, it shouldn’t ever get messy that you have to remove it for a more heavy-duty cleaning.