No one likes to do it, but let me tell you…it needs to be done! I know it’s been awhile since we have chatted but life has been hectic. Thankfully, I have trained the men in my life well to start taking pictures of EVERYTHING grill related! My brother even chimed in this time.
Regular cleaning and maintenance for your Green Mountain will keep it in working order longer to continue giving you the best food possible. So where do we begin?
Begin by removing the internal parts of the grill, racks and drip pan. Underneath will expose a whole other portion for you to clean. If you are wishing to give your grill racks a good soaking and cleaning, feel free to soak in a water and ammonia mixture. Otherwise I will touch base on other ways to wipe them down later.
After removing the racks and drip trays, the fire pot will be exposed. Here is all the ash that needs to be vacuumed up. Make sure to use a shop vac or vacuum that is not your home vacuum. You don’t want grease and dirt inside your home.
Vacuum out the bottom and surrounding area to get everything cleaned up.
After vacuuming everything out, you can wipe down your racks and drip pan. Now, they won’t be perfect but that is where the next step comes into play. After your grill is put back together, turn your grill on to 150 degrees. Once it has achieved that level, wipe down the interior of your grill. Racks, pan, sides, interior of lid and also the rain cap of the chimney. Adding the slight heat will help to make removal easier. You can achieve this just by using paper towels.
Look at how nice everything cleaned up! Now it doesn’t need to be perfect, however if you want it to be, it sure can be 😉 Giving your grill a good cleaning will allow for proper air flow, giving your meat a nice even cook. Plan to clean out your grill approximately every 3-4 bags of pellets that you use. Once the inside is clean, you can clean the outside.
Dad uses WD-40 to clean the outside of his grill. I know, I was thinking the same thing…WD-40…hmm. But it cuts the grease and smoke nicely off of the outside. Once again, just use a rag or paper towels for cleaning. If you have a stainless steel lid, he recommends Bar Keepers Friend.
Happy Grilling Everyone! We have enjoyed blogging with all of you and can’t wait for what is to come…Just because winter is approaching doesn’t mean grilling has to stop!