Best Grill Cleaners for 2020
You wouldn’t cook using a dirty skillet, so why would you put your burgers, dogs, and veggie kabobs on a grill that hasn’t been properly cleaned? All of the built-up gunk clinging to the grill grates is not only a fire hazard — it can also lead to food poisoning.
The best time to use a grill cleaner is after you’ve grilled, as the heat will help break up residue that would otherwise be stuck onto the grates. Using a cleaning spray in conjunction with a grill brush helps make this a quick and easy process. Once the grill is cool, following up with a wipe-down with a moist paper towel will help clean the surface of any lingering carbon (your rag will likely be black once you’re done using it).
Before grilling, it’s important to always preheat your grill for up to 10 minutes beforehand. This is a food safety precaution, but it also helps ensure that whatever you place on the grill doesn’t stick to cold grates. You can even steam-clean your grates prior to grilling by spraying water on the grates and closing the lid to ensure that the surface is totally clean and ready for cooking.
Whatever is on the menu for your next barbecue, ensure that it’s being cooked on the cleanest surface possible by using one of these top-rated grill cleaners.
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Best Metal Grill Brush
Weber 21-Inch 3-Sided Grill Brush
Keep your grill from getting crusty with this stainless steel bristle brush. This grill cleaner is best used post-cooking — its near 2-foot length provides enough reach for you to safely scrape off any lingering food residue.
You can use it flat or tilt it up on its bristled corners for more precise scrubbing.
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Best for Tough Gunk
Goo Gone Grill & Grate Cleaner
Cleaning the grill is easier said than done. Certain grease spots can be tough to scrub off. Goo Gone is a reliable grill cleaner to use post-cooking with a long-handled brush. It’ll help dissolve carbon deposits and food residue both in and outside of the grill.
Best Bristle Grill Brush
Nexgrill 20-Inch Grill Brush
This under-$5 brush is a steal, but in order for it to last, you’ll want to make sure you hose it down after using. Otherwise, everything you’ve just cleaned off the grill will gunk up the brush!
Along with a 20-inch handle, this grill cleaner is also equipped with a metal scraper for angling onto tough grease-stained spots.
Best for the Grill Exterior
Weiman Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish
It’s easy for the outside of the grill to start looking a little smudged and grease-splattered after a few nights of barbecuing. Spray some of this stainless steel cleaner onto a cloth and buff out the blemishes to restore it to a like-new look.
GrillStone Foamed Glass Grill Cleaning Block
If you didn’t get the chance to scrub down your grill surface the last time you used it, or you’re cooking on an unfamiliar grate, whip this cleaning block out before you start cooking.
This pumice-like block is made from recycled, nontoxic materials, and though it is abrasive, it isn’t so rough that it will damage the grill surface.
Pumicing the grill will wear down the block after just a few uses, but for those who don’t want to clean a grill brush or deal with bristles breaking off, this is an affordable and low-maintenance alternative.
Just make sure you wipe down the grates with a damp cloth after you scrub to get rid of the powder left behind!
Best Gentle Formula
Traeger All Natural Cleaner
Recommended for use on a cold grill surface, Traeger’s grill cleaner is a nontoxic, biodegradable formula that’s adept at breaking up gunk on the surface. Just spray and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing it thoroughly with your brush of choice.
Following up with a moist rag wipe-down and a preheating steam clean will ensure a squeaky-clean grill for your next barbecue sesh.
Uniquely J Fragrance Free Dish Soap
As long as you have a brush and some sort of gentle cleaning agent, there aren’t a lot of special devices required to clean a grill.
For cleaning both charcoal and gas grill surfaces, you can use diluted dish soap along with a steel brush to clean the inside of the grill lid, the heat deflectors, and even the grates themselves.
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