Recipe FAQ's

Cleaning your Grids

Recipe FAQ's

Cleaning your Grids

We’ve all done it. Made a delectable grilled meal, but it makes a huge mess on your grids. They’re caked in particulates and it’s just gross. You don’t want that on the next thing you make, especially if it is a dessert!

Sometimes it’s not as simple as brushing off the gunk with your brush. What if you used copious amounts of your favourite sauce, it dripped as you basted those amazing ribs or that chicken breast, and now it has caramelized itself to your cooking grids with the tenacity of a giant squid coated in super glue! What if your house sitter used the grill in your absence and didn’t clean the grill to your exacting standards? (Although you cannot blame them for wanting to use the piece of art that is your grill)

These things happen. Here is how to make them un-happen.

For Stainless Steel Cooking Grids:
Wave Rod Cooking Grids

  • Brush your grill with a soft wire brush. Stainless steel or brass bristles will work fantastic.
  • If a brushing with a soft wire brush does not work, preheat your grill to high, about 500°F. Let this go for about 5 to 10 minutes. Brush again.
  • Man that is stubborn. If it still isnt cleaning, then place a sheet of tinfoil, shiny side down, on your grids, over the offending area. Leave the foil there for 5 to 10 minutes, and then scrub again.
  • Once the offending yuck has been cleaned off of your grids, allow them to cool slightly. Using protective gloves, rub the grids with cooking oil, preferably something like Coconut Oil, Palm Oil or Lard. The residual heat from the cleaning should help the fats bond to the metal creating a great non-stick surface. This is much like seasoning cast iron.
  • Don’t forget to rub those grids with oil before cooking too.

Check out this video on cleaning your cooking grids.


For Cast Iron Cooking Grids:
Caring for Cast Iron Cooking Grids is like caring for that awesome frying pan that has been in the family forever. If for some reason rust has appeared on the surface of these grids, scrub it gently off with steel wool and repeat the curing process again.
Porcelainized Cast Iron Wave Cooking Grids

  • You can clean your grids with warm soapy water, but rinse thoroughly and dry them right away. Also, I really recommend that you do this when they’re not hot!
  • Once the grids are clean and dry, rub them down with a hardy fat like Lard, Coconut or Palm Oil. Heat your grill until it reaches high, about 500°F, then allow the grill to cool completely. This bonds the fats to the metal, seasoning it like that fantastic old frying pan.
  • When you use your grill again, remember to use a softer brush, like the Abrasive Scrubber, to remove any particulates that may have stuck durring cooking.
We have some more information about Cast Iron Cooking Grids in our Maintenance section of the site, check out this article on Caring for Cast Iron Grids.

Everyone has a preference for their cleaning tools, something that works better for them. Check out the Maintenance Accessories to get an idea about what would work for you.

Happy Grilling!

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