Cleaning the grill grates can significantly minimize the accumulation of rust and maintain good quality food while grilling.
With every use, you want to clean your grates, but at least once a year, you can also do a thorough cleaning process.
Cleaning may not have to be a nuisance, but you should be cautious about how to tidy it based on the kind of grill grates you are using.
Dirty grates can impact the food’s taste and can retain bacteria that can cause sickness.
Our simple tips teach you how to clean your grates throughout the year for tasty barbeque recipes.
Porcelain grill grills retain decent heat and are impact resistant, but you should keep them clean.
Any porcelain chips or scrapes can expose the metal below and allow water to flood in, which can cause rust. So be mindful not to scrape or nick up the grates while cooking with metal equipment.
Do not use metal or wire brushes when washing porcelain grills. Use a soft bristle, or clean with a nylon brush. Burn off some remaining food on the grates.
Then let the grates cool down and clean them with a nylon brush. I will explain all the steps to clean porcelain-coated cast iron grill grates in detail in this blog article. Keep reading to find out more!
Like I had mentioned earlier, one must be careful while cleaning porcelain grates. Chipping the enamel from porcelain allows the cast iron to rust underneath.
Don’t use a wire brush or scraper tool and avoid steel wool.
Companies also sell porcelain-safe brushes with stainless steel bristles but remember that the porcelain might be delicate. Such tools’ abrasive nature creates cracks in the enamel, which contributes to rusting.
If you don’t have one, use a brush with brass bristles. Brass brushes are smoother than wire, and the porcelain is less likely to be damaged.
Different grill grate styles, such as stainless steel gratings, have separate recommendations for maintenance, but these instructions work on most other grate types.
Keep in mind to clean your grill each occasion you use porcelain cooking grills to ensure the dirt does not collect with time on your grates. If it gets accumulated, it may have a detrimental impact on the food’s flavour and even become a fire risk. Follow the steps mentioned below to ensure that your porcelain grill grates are clean and tidy after every use:
- Turn up the heat on the grill: This step helps you to burn the grime and the leftover food particles off the surface.
- Turn the heat down: Start cleaning off the cooking oil as well as the leftover food while the surface stays warm or hot.
- Clean diagonally for better results.
Remember to use a brass or nylon grill brush along with a scouring pad or toothbrush for small areas. Make use of gloves, potholders, or cooking mitts to avoid burns.
This process is useful after each grilling session for the regular grillers to start practising. It is convenient and doesn’t need any cleaner, just hot temperatures and scrubbing.
Turn the heat up on the grill after cooking, and close the lid. Let the grill burn off the bits of grease and food.
Turn off the heat after ten to fifteen minutes, then open the cover. Let the grates cool off a bit, then scrub with a scraper or grill cleaner to clear the remaining ash.
I would recommend you to take the grates out of the grill a few times a year to use the soaking process for exceptional thorough cleaning.
You can do this with the help of a large container, kitchen sink, or a bathtub.
Add some hot water and around half a cup of baking soda with some splashes of dish soap and mix properly.
Place the grates in the mixture and allow to soak them for an hour or so. Scrub and then dry all parts of the grates.
The acidity vinegar contains helps in eliminating grease left on porcelain-coated cast iron grill grates. Make a vinegar grate cleaner easily in your home using stuff you already have in the kitchen.
For cleaning your porcelain-coated cast iron grill grates with vinegar, you will need:
- Half cup of apple cider or white vinegar
- One cup of water
- Nylon or brass grill brush
- Bowl or spray bottle
- Mix the vinegar and water
- Pour it into a spray bottle or container for the DIY grill cleaner.
- Either instantly spray the solution onto the grates, or soak your brush into the bucket.
- Begin scrubbing the grill grates diagonally and observe the grime begin to vanish. Make sure to clean the rack from both ends. This remedy is a natural stove quick fix to give you a clean grill free of grease and oil.
- Use vinegar to clean the barbecue grills grates too. Turn the heat on after each use to burn off unwanted grease and let it cool.
- Soak the grates overnight in a 1:2 vinegar solution, in a big bucket or plastic tub.
- Scrub it the next day with a nylon or brass cleaner and scrub out with warm water. This approach is comparable to washing the oven racks with the vinegar in your dishwasher.
- Note: Vinegar can leave a smell or taste on your grates, and may significantly impact food taste. Switch the fire on again after bringing the grates back to burn off the vinegar that is left over.
As you might already know, dishwashing soap is the most effective grease cleaning solution.
The dish soap starts to break down fats and oils quickly. What is more greasy than a filthy grill?
For cleaning your porcelain-coated cast iron grill grates with dish soap, you will need:
- 1 gallon of warm water
- 2 capfuls of dish soap
- Nylon or brass bristle brush
- Mix warm water and soap
- Dip the brush into the soapy water and scrub the grime clear. This approach is ideal for grill grates of all forms, including stainless steel.
- Simply wash with a hose before re-cooking on the grill. Dish soap makes a perfect soaking cure for food stuck on, as well as grease.
- Rinse off the grill grate and lightly brush it
- Use a dish soap solution to soak up overnight.
- Then clean it again in the morning.
- And finally, use a vinegar rinse before using the grate again to eliminate the soapy residue.
If you already have baking soda in a kitchen cupboard, why not make good use of it while trying to clean?
The texture of baking soda is perfect for removing dirt and grime stuck on grill grates.
After any barbeque, this solution is so simple that you might want to start using it.
If you don’t have any vinegar with you, baking soda is a great alternative. For cleaning your porcelain-coated cast iron grill grates with baking soda, you will need:
- One cup of baking soda
- Half cup of water
- Nylon or brass bristle brush
- Hose or bucket of water and washcloth
- To make a smooth paste suitable for cleaning porcelain grill grills, mix the baking soda and water.
- Apply this soft abrasive straight to the grates
- Wipe off particles with your brush
- Flip over the grate, and repeat, if necessary.
- When you have scrubbed off the grime, use a hose or bucket of water and a washcloth to clean off the leftover baking soda.
Your kitchen consists of a variety of products and supplies that are ideal for DIY ideas. For your DIY grill scrapper, you will need:
- Tongs (optional)
- Any cleaning solution mentioned in this article (optional)
If you can not find a soft bristle cleaner, use a different method to clean your grills. Aluminium foil can scrape off the gunk and grease from your porcelain grills. Just roll the aluminium into a ball that’s wide enough to handle without scratching the grates.
Make sure your hand and the grill have plenty of aluminium foil between them to prevent burns. Use tongs to catch the aluminium, or use this method only after the grill has completely cooled to ensure your protection.
I would suggest you to try applying a cleaning solution to the grates. It gives your DIY grill scraper additional cleaning strength.
If you have opted to use a cleaning solution, make sure that the residual product is rinsed to avoid contaminating the potential barbecue food.
Alternatively, try using an old hardwood block that suits your hand well when you finish grilling, to smooth the grates. The wood develops grooves after repetitive use which match perfectly with the grate.
Many people ask me if it is absolutely necessary to deep clean your grill grates even if you clean them after every use.
I would say yes. It is essential, and I would recommend you to deep clean the barbecue grills twice every year. Ideally, you can do it at the start and end of the summer season.
For deep cleaning your porcelain-coated cast iron grill grates, you will need:
- Grate Grill Cleaner
- Nylon or brass bristle brush
- Paper towels or washcloths
- Vegetable oil (optional)
- Spray Grate Grill Cleaner on your barbecue grill over the porcelain coating.
- Let it rest for a couple of minutes.
- Then, begin scrubbing your soft bristle brush off the grime.
- If necessary, turn the grate over and repeat on the other side. There will most certainly be a leftover waste.
- Using warm water, hose down the grate.
- To dry the grates use a paper towel or washcloth to clear the excess grease.
- After washing, add a thin layer of vegetable oil to season your cast iron grill grates. It’s not mandatory, but the next time you BBQ, it helps prevent food from sticking.
Owing to the vigorous cleaning capacity of the Grate Grill Cleaner, this is the easiest way to clean grill grates. It is also useful for charcoal grills, which in comparison to gas grills may create an extra residue on the underneath of the grates.
Now the BBQ grill will be just as clean as brand new!
In conclusion, I shared the best ways to clean your porcelain cast iron grill grates.
Now you know a few different approaches during the barbecue season to keep your porcelain barbecue grills looking top of the line. Show off and share your clean grills at family BBQ’s and barbecues this summer.
Keep the grill fresh with tidy grates. I hope you found this article useful.