Having problems getting stubborn cooked on food off your grill? Here’s 8 easy steps for you to follow that aren’t a total chore. This is how to clean a cast iron grill.
If you’re looking to upgrade your barbecue grill then investing in a cast iron grill is a great place to start. They conduct, spread and retain heat brilliantly, helping to make your grilling quick and effective.
However, cleaning them is quite another thing entirely and isn’t easy. Even though cast iron is incredibly durable and robust, it can’t withstand water, making cleaning it a bit of a challenge.
With these 8 simple steps we have you covered. Here’s how to clean your cast iron grill.
#1. Do it right away
Often the case with any kind of surface with cooked on food, and no different when it comes to grilling. It’s imperative that you get to work cleaning the grill as quickly as possible.
Allow the grates to cool a little first, but ensure that they are still warm. This will ensure that any food or dirt hasn’t been allowed to completely set.
#2. Create a cleaning station
The key to any activity, whether it be cleaning or crafts, is a hub in which to do it. The same is also true of cleaning. It can get messy, so setting up a no-holds-barred area in which to get to work is key.
Set up an area outside with several sheets of newspaper covering any surfaces. Place your grill grate on top of this.
Also, crucially, wear gloves.
#3. Start scraping
Using a wire brush, start by scraping off any excess food, grease or debris.
Following this, prepare a solution of one part apple cider vinegar to four parts water. Use the solution with a paper towel to wipe down the grill surface. Repeat this several times until most of the food residue has been cleaned off the grate.
#4 On to the brush
Prepare a bucket of warm soapy water, and use this with a brush to clean down the grates. If you don’t have a brush then a sponge will also do.
Wash the grate with the soap, removing any excess grease or stubborn bits of food. Following this, use warm water to rinse all the soap.
#5. Dry time
Wipe down the grill with a clean cloth. Be as thorough as possible when wiping it and make sure the grate is completely dry.
Hint: Despite being extremely durable, robust and able to withstand almost anything, water certainly is cast iron’s weakness. Any residual water will leave your grate prone to rusting, which in turn will lead to a slippery slope towards decay. Do everything you can to be as thorough as possible to leave your grill grates completely dry.
#6. ‘Tis the season
Not a step that everyone thinks of, but an important one all the same: Season your grill.
Apply some vegetable oil (olive oil will also work just as well) to a paper towel. Rub the towel over the grate to give it a very light coat of oil.
The reason for doing this will become clear in the next step as we…
#7. Heat the grill
Cover your grill in aluminum foil and the place it back on your bbq grill. Heat up the grill onto a medium-high heat, cover and leave for ten minutes.
The reason we do this is that it helps spread the oil effectively, while also opening up the pores on the grate for the oil to spread into.
Remove the grill from the heat and foil and (while wearing gloves!) apply more vegetable oil to the grate surface.
#8. Store it
We don’t want to undo all of our hard work here so be as careful as possible. Ensure that all water and residual oil has been cleared from the grate surface to help us avoid rust. Then store the grate in a cool, dry place.