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The best thing about grilling season is all the juicy grilled foods you get to enjoy with an ice cold beer and friends around you. The worst is the clear-up, especially cleaning the grill, but is has to be done if you want a grill that lasts and won't make people sick.
If you’re wondering how to clean a grill, chef Steve Smith of the one-Michelin-starred Bohemia restaurant on Jersey in the Channel Islands, the 11th best restaurant in the UK according to the Good Food Guide, has some tips for you below, including using beer or even an onion to clean your grill.
If you’re after more grilling tips, you’ll want to check out these 13 charts that will make you a grilling guru.
Chef Steve Smith on How to Clean a Grill
1. Preheat the Grill
Clean the grill just after preheating it, this way the grease and food will scrape off easily.
2. Grab an Onion
To remove all of the grit, place a half cut onion on the end of a fork and rub onto a hot grill.
3. Prevent rusting
Clean your grill with soapy water after cooking, then rinse and dry immediately and rub vegetable oil across the grill to prevent rust.
4. Don’t throw water
If you are using a charcoal grill, then do not throw cold water over the coals after cooking as this will create a mess!
5. Crack open a Beer
Pour half a bottle of beer over a heated BBQ then rub with newspaper for a clean grill. Then you enjoy the rest of the beer for yourself!
6. Create a Paste
Mix baking soda and water to make a paste then cover the grill in it with a wire brush. Let it dry for 15 minutes then wipe the grill with a dry cloth and place it over the hot coals for 15 minutes to burn off any remains before cooking the food.