We also use charcoal & ours gets cleaned every time & sprayed with a grill protector...sorta works like vegetable oil spray...keeps the metal from getting rusty between uses. I don't have a steam cleaner but mine gets a hot sudsy wash w/wire or very stiff brush & then a rinse with the hose & drip dry...then spray & put away.
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marcy, So funny! This is a bit of an ongoing-dispute between DH and I - one I let DH win because DH does most of the grilling. He likes the idea of that just "burning off" the grill cleans it - myself, I would prefer to clean it with my Shark Steamer.
But, to be honest, I have enough to clean inside our home without volunteering for more work so I let DH do his thing. I figure that any bacteria probably is killed by the protracted burning - the grill just doesn't look "pretty" after but so what? DH is happy, continues to grill and I don't have to clean it!
And if a grill brush gets so bad that it is looseing wires...I replace it.
I agree! In fact, the last few years at our house, Santa has brought DH one or two grill wire brushes in his stocking. A fun gift that has him looking forward to moving the snow so he can grill once again.
After we finish grilling something, I close the top and turn the heat up to high for a bit. That burns off any grease or meat bits. Then when the grill has cooled down I brush it with a wire brush. I only take it apart and wash it occasionally, as it stays really clean with the burning off.
Maybe awful to some here...but I just turn on the gas and get the grill grate good and hot prior to use. Scrape with the wire brush, continue to heat a bit, scrape again. Burns/cooks whatever was left on it prior, as well as any errant spiders that may be lurking.
I'm the griller at my house...and like FFG, I always clean while it's heating up and I also clean it after cooking. I have a charcoal grill as well. I save all the grease from bacon, sausage etc from stove cooking and put it in a jar. I swab my grates before and after each use. Definitely keeps my grills seasoned. Very little rust! Happy Grilling Y'all!
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