Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Grill Cleaning

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!


Lisa said...

This is how self cleaning ovens work,and I've never been happier than the day I discovered that if I put my broiler pan into the oven when its in self cleaning mode it comes out magically as clean as the day it was purchased. I tried it with my skillet, and discovered that some of the metals in the handle could not handle the heat and they turned a bit brownish. I have no responsibility for Dan and Saul's technique however, simply because only a fool would get near them when they are hovering over the grill.

Ira.B said...

boy 2 and I watched a show on NOVA yesterday describing how the steel for Samurai swords were made. The Carbon level of steel affects this stuff.