Follow These Steps To Clean Your BBQ Grill

As we head into grilling season, it is wise to be prepared. This overview outlines the basics for cleaning outdoor grills. While it makes sense to do this at the top of the season, it is a process that should be repeated often. Regularly cleaning the grill will ensure that all your food doesn’t start tasting the same, thanks to the leftover bits from grilling moments of days gone by.


  • A bucket of hot water
  • Work gloves
  • A grill brush
  • Regular dish soap
  • Paper towels
  • Aluminum foil
  • A garden hose with a spray attachment

STEP 1: Disconnect gas and soak the grates

Be sure that all your dials are in the off position and that your grill is completely disconnected from the propane tank or gas outlet. Remove the grates and the metal plates underneath them. Put them in the bucket of hot water with the dish soap. Remove the drip pan too.

STEP 2: Get under the hood

Residue can build up under the hood from the grease and smoke of everyday grilling. Cover the heating elements loosely with a large piece of aluminum foil, then scrub the underside of the hood with the grill brush.

STEP 3: Clean the Interior Walls

Use the grill brush to scrub the interior walls above the elements. Use a damp paper towel to wipe the walls down.

STEP 4: Scrub and Rinse the Grates

Now that those grates have had some good soaking time, go ahead and take them out of the bucket, lean them against a wall and rinse them with the garden hose.

STEP 5: Put It All Back Together

Throw away the aluminum foil and put the metal plate, grates and drip pan back in their proper places. Reconnect the gas to the grill.

STEP 6: Sweep Out the Cabinet

For grills with cabinets or shelving, take a broom and sweep away any leaves or debris. Use damp paper towels to clear away any layers of dirt.

STEP 7: Shine Up the Exterior

Give the outside a finishing shine using paper towels and glass cleaner or stainless steel wipes.

Get Ready to Get Outside!

Now that the grill is ready for action, take some time to get your backyard ready for entertaining. Make your outdoor living space livable and ready for guests with outdoor decorations and lighting. Be sure to have a few backyard games on hand for spontaneous fun.