Tuesday, October 09, 2007
This is a bit of an unusual post at this time of year, but I was cleaning up my grill one last time for the season and I realized I never posted this useful tidbit of information. I would like to thank Saul and Dan for telling me about this cleaning method. I would also like to apologize for not having a good "after" photo, but my Canon SD900 died at that moment, the result of a "lens error." I am not alone. I just bought a Panasonic. We'll see how well that one works.
Anyway, a clean grill is much more important than a clean mind for successful grilling. The easiest way to clean a gas grill is with aluminum foil. After cleaning off the grill quickly with a wire brush and (this is important) finding and cleaning out the obvious black gunk in the shelf under the grill, cover the grates with aluminum foil, cover the grill, and turn the grill on high. After a few minutes you will see smoke coming out of the grill. This is the grease burning off. The reason to clean somewhat beforehand is to limit this grease: it can cause a fire. The grill is clean when the smoke stops, which usually takes less than 15 minutes. Turn off the grill, remove the foil, and grease the grates with Crisco. A perfect clean grill with minimal work!