The festive season is here and for most families, this is the best time to spend some quality time together. There’s absolutely no better way to do so than with perfectly grilled meals. Weber charcoal grill has been known to be one of the ideal grills that you can use outdoors because of how sizeable and economical it is.
However, grilling with a Weber Charcoal Grill can be super fun until it gets dirty from grease, charcoal and ashes. Contrary to most people’s fears, you can only mess-up your grill if you don’t clean it in the way it should be. The question herein is how? In this article, we will look at the relevant steps on “how to clean a Weber charcoal grill ?”
5 Easy steps for “how to clean a Weber charcoal grill ?”
Wipe with dry paper towels
Depending on how long you might have left the Weber grill unused, small debris, ashes and charcoal dust might have accumulated on your grill, in addition to the layers of grease formed when grilling. In this case, the first step when cleaning is to wipe everything off with a dry paper towel, or a dry piece of cloth.
For a perfectly-cleaned Weber charcoal grill, you should consider wiping it both on the inside and Souter coats. This minimizes the residues that will be collected unlike when you directly use water before wiping. It also reduces chances of the grill scratching from the small debris when scrubbing as detailed in the next step.
Clean on the inside
After wiping, you might be tempted to leave it at that point especially when there are minimal leftover residues formed on the grill. However, the first step alone isn’t enough to guarantee the grill clean enough for the next grilling session. In the case of food residues left on the grill, you can gently scrub them off with a steel wool pad or a softer brush.
It’s important to note that the material can scratch easily when you scrub aggressively, therefore always go slow with your scrubbing to keep the grill in a perfect shape. After clearing them off, rinse it off with water and a mild detergent or liquid dishwashing soap.
Alternatively, you can use a Weber grill cleaner for ease of degreasing and a more shinny outcome, but this will also depend on how accessible these special cleaners are from where you are.
Clean the grates
Cleaning the cooking grates is the most critical part when cleaning a Weber Charcoal grill because it’s where the food lies. Failure to clean it properly might get your food contaminated when it gets in contact with the residues from the previous session. You can choose to do this right before you start grilling, or some hours as you prepare for the same.
For the first option, start your usual fire in the grill in order to bake-off the leftovers. After heating for some time, get your Weber grill brush into work by scraping off heavy residues, then finish off with the side that has the brush to clean between the grates and on the surfaces.
For the latter, the grates will tend to be cool, so it might need extra work to clean completely. The first step is to brush off the residues as in the first option, then soak the cooking grates is soapy water and after washing, rinse thoroughly. Having used water, the grates might easily get rusted, so it’s always important to oil them when you’re ready to start grilling. This also prevents the food from sticking on the cooking grates, making your next cleaning effortless.
Properly wipe the lid
When grilling, grease, smoke and other vapors often rise and get deposited on the lid in the form of carbon. This is the explanation behind the layers of what resembles peeling paint that you’re likely to see on the lid. Leaving them there might seem harmless, but the moment the layers peel off and falls on whatever you’re grilling, it becomes toxic.
Therefore, you have to clean them off as soon as they start forming. It also leaves your grill spotlessly clean, both on the inside and outside. However, this is the simplest part to clean because all you need to use is the Weber brush. In order to minimize build ups, it’s advisable to wipe the lid with a paper towel or cloth after grilling.
The lid often gets hot, so when doing so, let it cool down a little bit to avoid sustaining injuries. Also remember that once it becomes cold, the build-ups won’t wipe off easily, therefore only let it cool to a manageable temperature.
Clean the ash catcher
I know a number of people who barely check on the ash catcher after or before grilling. It’s equally important to empty the equipment before grilling or preferably after you have given it time to cool. With ash catcher full, your fire will not blaze-up as it should, so you might need a lot of fanning to do.
At the same time, when it gets windy, some bits of the ash might be blown over the food, making it messy. After emptying it regularly, you can opt to have it washed once in a while, or as frequent as you can manage. Doing this leaves you with a grill which is completely spotless for even a healthier meal.
There are other improvised approaches that you can use for cleaning your Weber charcoal grill but before trying any of these ways, ensure that it won’t ruin your investment of a lifetime. Like any other kitchen appliance in your home, how well you maintain your grill will determine how long it will stick around to see several other festive seasons, get-togethers and family gatherings.
What I usually tell people is that for effortless cleaning processes, the best way out is cleaning after you’re done grilling, so that you store a clean grill, ready for the next grilling session. Keeping them dirty will only have more dirt accumulating over the grease and all that, and actually that’s the genesis of stubborn stains.