How to Keep Grill Grates Clean
With temperatures expected to soar this summer, many people turn to their grill to cook dinner. The constant use of your BBQ can lead to dirty grill grates, so it’s important to get into the habit of cleaning after each use.
The best way to clean grates is to close the grill lid after you’re done barbecuing. After about 10 minutes, the heat should loosen any stuck on food and will be easily removed with a scraper. If there is an extremely stubborn stain, you can soak the grill in hot water and gently scrub—but remember that this will remove the protective seasoning coat on the grill.
Wire Brush Dangers
Wire BBQ brushes were in the news last year, as there were multiple reports of injuries. At least nine Canadians were hurt when metal bristles ended up in their food. If you plan on using a metal brush, make sure to always inspect it before using.
If there is any visible decay or the bristles are splitting or rusting—it’s time for a replacement. You can also perform a simple test, applying a moderate amount of pressure on the bristles with a pair of tweezers. If any bristles come out, it’s a sign that the bristles are weak.
An alternative to the wire BBQ brush is a wooden scraper. These wooden BBQ cleaning tools can scrape food off the grill grates without the worry about bristles getting in your food. Deep grooves are burned into the wood to keep grill grates clean and your food safe.
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