There’s nothing better than throwing a few filets and snags on the barbie on a Sunday afternoon. Stainless steel cookers offer a sleeker look and less maintenance than cast iron grills. Keeping your stainless steel barbecue clean is prudent.
Cleaning the Grates
Your grill has to be cleaned every time you use it. The grates of your grill make contact with your food each time you cook on it. The easiest way to accomplish clean grates is to take a wire brush to them as the grill cools down.
Do not brush the grates when the grill is ripping hot. Doing so could cause hot food particles to become airborne and hit you. This can cause minor or severe burns. Allow your grill to cool down. Feel free to enjoy the fruits of your grilling labour while you wait.
Then, while it is still warm and not completely cold, take your wire brush and place it perpendicular to the grates. Moving up and down, apply even pressure as you scrub the grates. Do this until all the grates have been thoroughly brushed. Then repeat the process with the brush parallel to the grates.
Seasonally, you should remove the grates and soak them. This process should be done once the grill is completely cooled off. You can place the grates into a bathtub or a small children’s pool with warm, soapy water. Allow them to soak in the soapy solution as long as it is necessary to release the leftover and burnt-on food.
Cleaning the Body of Your BBQ
Cleaning the stainless steel surfaces of your barbecue requires a gentler touch than the grates. Stainless steel scratches very easily. You should not use your wire grill brush on the steel interior or exterior of your grill.
Food particles and liquids can corrode your stainless steel. Acidic marinades can make this corrosion happen even quicker and more often. It is important to clean your barbecue after every use.
Allow your grill to cool. Cleaning the stainless steel can be done while the grill still has some retained heat, or it can be completely cool. Keep in mind that heat assists in lifting food particles from surfaces.
Always clean your grill with a soft microfibre cloth. Rougher cloths and steel wool sponges can scratch your stainless steel. Scratched steel is not only unattractive but it also lends itself to more food and liquids becoming stuck to it as the slick material is roughened up.
You can use a gentle soap or a cleaner specifically formulated for stainless steel. At this stage, it is not necessary to use a steel polish. You want to ensure that the surface is completely spotless before polishing.
Apply the cleaner with your microfibre cloth and scrub in small, circular sections. As you encounter food particles, shake out your rag or rinse it in clean, warm water. Failure to remove the stuck-on particles could result in spreading them around and scratching the surface of your stainless steel. If you desire a barbecue grill that shines, you can now polish it.
With a separate, clean microfibre cloth, apply the stainless steel polish and spread it in circular motions. Pay attention to the label of your stainless steel polish. You should select a polish that is specifically made for grills. Some polishes cannot handle high heat and are meant for refrigerators or countertops. Using a polish that is not meant to handle high heats can cause corrosion of the metal it comes into contact with, and it will emit potentially toxic fumes as the grill heats up.
As with your grilling grates, the parts of your barbecue pit should be routinely removed when able and soaked in warm, soapy water. After being properly cleaning your barbeque ensure the parts completely dry before putting them back together. Excess moisture could cause malfunctions of electrical components or damage to gas lines.
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