Cleaning Bbq Grills – The Magic Way

  • Everyone loves BBQ parties – delicious food, eating outside, a good company of friends…Except for the cleaning of that BBQ grill!
  • There are many different methods to clean the BBQ grills, but not all of them are effective.
  • Below we’ll show you the most effective and easiest way to clean those dirty grill grates!

Finally! The BBQ season is here! NO MORE thinking about what to make for dinner (or lunch, and maybe even breakfast…), NO MORE boring weekends (cause a simple BBQ party with friends can save any evening), NO MORE boring food! Sounds awesome, right? Well, except there is one little thing – who will clean and prepare the BBQ grill for new grilling season? 

Cleaning BBQ grill can be a real challenge – rusty and greasy grill grates, stuck-on oil and grime, and other stubborn stains are not that easy to get rid of. Nevertheless, it is important to clean grill grates because the stuck-on food drips can be even poisonous for you.

However, there is no need to worry because the internet is full of advice on how to clean BBQ grill grates and I’m sure you can manage that just fine! Anyway, to save your time, we have made a research and picked one of the easiest ways to clean grill grates and the whole BBQ grill itself!

So, don’t waste any more minute and continue reading!

Cleaning BBQ Grates with Ammonia

Although the internet is exploding with different tips about how to clean grill racks (or grates, depends what kind of BBQ grill you have), we dare to say that no cleaning agent is as effective as ammonia. 

Ammonia is one of the strongest cleaning chemicals widely used in households to clean various different surfaces. It perfectly cleans the bathroom stains, such as soap stains, and dirty tiles, also it is a great assistant to polish silverware, and clean even the dirtiest ovens. Most importantly, ammonia can be perfectly used in a kitchen to clean even the most difficult stains, such as rusty oven grates (and, of course, BBQ grill grates).

However, being one of the harshest chemicals (second after the bleach), ammonia has to be used very carefully. To make the most of it without creating a danger to yourself, below we’ll present you with this simple BBQ grill cleaning process. Let’s do this!

Process of Cleaning BBQ Grill

Important: Before you dive into this cleaning process, make sure that that you do this in a well-ventilated. Honestly, it would be the best and the safest to clean the BBQ grill outside as not only the ammonia fumes can be dangerous, but also the cleaning process can get really messy.

Things You’ll Need for the Cleaning process

  • Bucket of warm water
  • Dish soap or simple soap
  • Wire brush or steel wool
  • Knife or spatula
  • Ruber or latex gloves
  • Ammonia
  • Old clean towels
  • Plastic container
  • Plastic garbage bags

I know it seems like a lot of stuff is needed, however, I’m sure that most of the items are already sitting in your garage or storage room!

Steps of the Cleaning Process

  1. Pull your BBQ grill apart. Put on your gloves and remove all the removable parts from your grill, such as grill grates (racks), and put it away.
  2. Scrub the inside of the BBQ grill. Take a knife or a spatula and start scrubbing off the sides of the BBQ grill. In order to remove all the stuck-on food, grease or rust, use the wire brush. After that, throw all the remains away.
  3. Clean the inside of the BBQ grill. Fill in the bucket with warm water and pour some dish soap into it. Grab the same wire brush or any other sponge, dampen it in the soapy water and continue rubbing the sides of the inside of the grill further.
  4. Soaking grill grates into ammonia. FIRST OFF, fill in the plastic container with ammonia. SECONDLY, soak in the old towels or any other absorbent cloths into a container with ammonia (use your gloves!). THIRD, squeeze the ammonia out of the towels so that they still remain damp but not soaking wet. FOURTH, take plastic garbage bags and place ammonia-soaked towels into them. FIFTH, squeeze the grill grates and other parts together with those towels wrapping them up as much as possible. SIXTH, seal the bags with all the parts and towels in it and let it sit somewhere warm for about 24 hours. After that, put on your gloves and take out the grill parts from the bags – you’ll see how all the dirt has softened. FINALLY, take a clean old towel or cloth and wipe all the residue from the grates off. You’ll be surprised how easy all the debris will go away! 
  5. Rinse the BBQ grill. Now, rinse off all the grill parts and the inside of the grill with plain water. After that, take another clean cloth or old towel and dry everything up (it’s a very important step in order to prevent the grates from getting rusty).

Here you go! Now you are 100% ready for the BBQ season with your bright and shiny BBQ grill! The amazing taste of the food is guaranteed. Hopefully, the whole BBQ grill cleaning process did not scare you. Rest assured – the minute you start cleaning, you’ll notice that everything goes smoothly and nicely!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Unfortunately, NO! Steam in the dishwasher can even ruin your BBQ grates irreparably. Such items can only be hand-washed.
It depends. There are many ineffective and troublesome tips on the internet explaining how to clean the BBQ grills. However, in the article above we show the easy and simple way of cleaning the BBQ grills!
There are few types of BBQ grills. However, in most cases, BBQ grills are made of stainless steel, cast aluminum, cast iron or sheet metal.
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