How To Clean A Grill

Learn how to clean your gas or charcoal grill inside and out. Find out how to clean gas jets, flavorizer bars and other parts without damaging them. See how to remove heavy BBQ residue and get tips on which cleaners to use and how to save time by cleaning as you go.

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Step 1:  Turn off the gas

Be sure to turn off the gas at the control knobs and at the tank.

Step 2:  Dry brush the inside

Use a grill brush to knock loose grease and smoke deposits. Use a putty knife to break free really thick build-up.

Step 3:  Wash removable parts

Remove parts like the grates, flavorizer bars, and heat deflectors. Brush them off and soak in warm soapy water.

Step 4:  Dry brush burner tubes

Brush across tubes to prevent debris from clogging jets.

Step 5:  Wash and dry thoroughly

Scrub inside and parts removed with a scouring pad and warm soapy water. Dry thoroughly to prevent water spots and rust.

Step 6:  Wash the outside

Clean the outside of your grill every couple of weeks with a sponge and soapy water; rinse and dry.

Step 7:  Shine the outside

Use glass cleaner for porcelain coating. For stainless steel, use cleaners specially made for stainless steel, and a microfiber towel.

Pro Tips

  • Use a grill cover
  • Replace grill brush regularly
  • Use nontoxic, nonflammable cleaner