I have a review coming up and I would like to use my grill, so I just had to clean it before you see just how dirty it is. That’s when I thought, no. I am keeping this real and bearing the inside of our shameful BBQ Grillware grill for all to see. Just look at this train wreck!
Then I thought, well, maybe I could help a home griller (usually it’s my husband who grills) by sharing how to at least clean those disgusting grilling grates.
So, if you are like us, you have a cheap gas grill that you never properly clean. We probably spent about $150 for this grill and basically we got what we paid for. It looks great from the the outside. It will grill a good burger or chicken kabob, but it is rusting and falling apart after about three years.
The burners are all rusted through. Now that is not our fault, because the grill was covered on most days. Ok, some days. Just look at that mess in the bottom. It’s no wonder the drip pan is rusted through. I’ve lined it with aluminum foil until we either get a new drip pan or a new grill.
I did a quick search and discovered a blog post that recommended rinsing the grates with the hose and sprinkling baking soda on them. I tried this and it didn’t work. In fact, I wasted a whole box of baking soda.
How to Clean a Gas Grill
To even break through this kind of built up char and grease and burnt on food, I had to soak the grates in our utility sink for about 1/2 hour in hot water and Dawn Dish Detergent. If you don’t have a utility sink you could use a big plastic bin and fill it with hot water and dish detergent. If your grates are like mine, they do need to soak in soapy hot water.
Even after this process, this junk doesn’t just fall off. I had to use the steel grill brush to scrub like crazy to get that stuff off. Even after that process, the grill grates are not perfectly clean. I guess a little bit maintenance would have gone a long way. Would the practice of greasing the grill grates have saved me from this fate?
So here is how the grill looks now. Semi-clean rusted grill grates, rusted burners and make-shift tin-foil-covered drip pan. It’s high time for a new grill.
I found a reasonably priced Weber Grill on Amazon with great reviews. (In fact, it looks like the cheapest Weber out there.)
This is a Weber Ducane 31311001 Affinity 3100 LP Gas Grill available on Amazon.com. It won’t break the bank at $359 and I am considering it. Of course with Amazon Prime, this will ship free. Out of 47 reviews, the majority are 4 and 5 star.
Does your grill look like mine? What type of gas grill do you recommend?
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