Clean Your Grill Guide And Favorite Recipes

by Alli

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Yay! It’s finally grilling season. It’s time to uncover your grill, clean it and get your grill on. After we go through the steps on how to clean your grill, I’m sharing a few of my favorite grilling recipes. So keep on reading.

How to Clean Your Grill

If you keep your grill in tip-top shape, getting your grill ready for grilling season shouldn’t be hard. In a perfect world, you should do a simple cleanup of your grill after every use. But let’s be real. We have good intentions but sometimes we forget to clean up the grill after we’re done.

Always check your grill’s manual to check for special cleaning instructions.

How to Clean Your Grill - Stainless Steel Gas Grill

Cleaning After Grilling Saves Time & Effort

If you have a gas grill, get in the habit of cleaning your grates after every grilling session. After cooking. turn the grill to high to burn off any food residue. After the food has burned off, use a grill brush to make sure all the ash particles are removed.

Once the grates are cleaned, apply a light coating of high smoke point oil (peanut or grapeseed oil) to the grates with a brush or a cloth. This will keep food from sticking and help keep your grates from corrosion.

Spring Clean Your Grill

You’ll need a bucket of warm, sudsy water, paper towels, soft cleaning cloths, and a good grill brush. Toss your old one out if it’s seen better days.


If you’ve been cleaning and oiling your grates after every cook, your grates just need a quick spring cleaning with a grill brush.

If you haven’t cleaned it lately, turn on the grill and heat on high for a few minutes to burn off food. While the grill is slightly warm, make sure all the dials are on off and disconnect the propane tank. Remove the grates (I suggest wearing work gloves) and soak them in hot, soapy water (Blue Dawn is my recommendation).

Tips on How to Clean Your Grill

Catch Pan & Other Parts

The pan on the bottom of the grill needs to be kept clean as well. Remove the bottom tray from the grill and use a putty knife to gently scrape the debris into a trash can. Deep clean the tray using warm, sudsy water.

Use a commercial grill cleaner to clean other interior parts of the grill.

Exterior and Under the Lid

Clean the inside edges and under the lid with warm, sudsy water. Make sure to wipe again with just water to remove any soap residue.

Repeat by wiping down the outside of the grill with warm, sudsy water. Wipe down with warm water to remove soap residue. Dry with a clean, soft cloth.

To keep your stainless steel grill shiny, use a good stainless steel cleaner for grills.

Helpful Hint: Invest in a heavy-duty, waterproof grill cover and keep it covered when not grilling.

Give Your Grill a Checkup

Your grill needs a checkup from time to time to make sure everything is working perfectly.

Check for Leaks

Inspect your fuel system by checking for leaks. Make sure the hoses are not brittle or crimped. The propane tank should not be rusty or bulging.


Make sure the igniters on your grill are in working order. If you don’t hear a clicking noise, change the battery. You should probably change the battery every spring while you’re cleaning the grill.

Clogged Burners

Remove grill grates and baffles. With the lid raised, light your grill and check the burners to make sure they’re not clogged. If a few holes are clogged, use a thin piece of wire to unclog. If there are lots of clogged holes, you may need to replace the burners.

Propane Tank

Nothing ruins a good BBQ like an empty propane tank. Invest in a tank gauge level indicator. They are inexpensive and lets you know when your tank is almost empty.

Adding Glaze to Cherry-Apple Glazed Grilled Ribs

Now that the grill is clean, let’s have a BBQ! Check out my favorite grilling recipes below.

Blackberry Glazed Grilled Ribs

Best Grilled Ribs - Pretty Pintastic Party 06-23 Blackberry Glazed Grilled Ribs

Cherry-Apple Glazed Grilled Ribs

Close Up of Cherry-Apple-Glazed-Grilled-Ribs

Peach-Chipotle Grilled Ribs

Peach Chipotle Grilled Ribs - Ready to Serve

Ginger and Sweet Tea Infused Ribs

How to Make Sweet Tea Infused Grilled Ribs

Best BBQ Chicken

Grilled Barbecue Chicken

Ginger Lime Grilled Ribs

Ginger Lime Grilled Ribs are a family favorite and I make them often when entertaining family and friends. Don't be intimidated when it comes to grilling ribs. Follow my step by step guide and you will be a pro when it comes to grilling ribs.

Grilled Marinated Pork Chops

Best Grilled Recipes - Marinated Pork Chops Plus How to Support our Troops

Chipotle Grilled Ribs

Chipotle Grilled Ribs



Amber Myers May 15, 2019 - 8:10 am

All of these recipes look scrumptious! We’ll be trying them out over the summer. You’ve also reminded me we need to clean the grill. It’s looking pretty ick at the moment.

Jeanette May 15, 2019 - 9:39 am

I need to do this! My grill could use a really good cleaning. I would love to try all these recipes that you have put in here too so this just might happen soon so I can grill everything.

Natalie May 15, 2019 - 12:47 pm

Such great tips to keep in mind. We got a new grill last year so we want to keep it looking nice and clean for sure.

Lia Mae May 15, 2019 - 8:00 pm

I definitely need to do this, we usually grill and then leave it for later cleaning.

Tasheena May 15, 2019 - 9:58 pm

These tips are so helpful. I can’t wait to start grilling as soon as it starts to get warmer.

Pam May 15, 2019 - 10:24 pm

I am so excited for grilling season. This post was really helpful and so timely!

Terri Steffes May 15, 2019 - 10:36 pm

I have to do this over the weekend. We need it badly. For some reason that has become my job. Why???

Beth May 15, 2019 - 10:45 pm

Those recipes all look great! We haven’t grilled since last summer, so I’m sure our grill needs a thorough cleaning.

Rachel May 15, 2019 - 10:46 pm

We are hoping to get a new grill in the next coming weeks. This post will be really helpful in maintaining it.

Nancy L May 16, 2019 - 8:24 am

This post couldn’t have come at a better time. My daughter is graduating this weekend and we are having a barbecue to celebrate! Appreciate the tips!

Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place May 16, 2019 - 9:32 am

This reminds me that I need to clean our grill too. I gotta try one of those recipes.. they all look delish!

Ruth I May 16, 2019 - 10:51 am

Oh I need to do this! I am not sure but I think ours is still dirty because no one wants to wash it.

Lynndee May 16, 2019 - 11:27 am

We sure do all those things before we start grilling. And we are planning to have our first grilling of the season this weekend.

Catalina May 17, 2019 - 1:00 am

The grilled food season is on and I love it! Thanks for all these fabulous recipes! I will try some of them!

Marysa May 17, 2019 - 8:05 am

We need to do a thorough spring cleaning because the weather is just starting to warm up now. We like to BBQ in the summer, I am definitely looking forward to it!

Joel Valenzuela May 20, 2019 - 2:09 am

This post has it all: general grill cleaning steps, new tips and a few recipes too! It’s all too sweet. Thanks for sharing this, you are a Godsend! All the best!

Fatima Torres May 20, 2019 - 12:13 pm

These are great ways to clean your grill. My husband uses a plank and a brush. They do come in hanndy to remove the grease.

Kuchiya September 28, 2019 - 3:49 am

Hi Alli, lovely post. I haven’t cleaned my grill in a while, and this post is the ultimate motivation to just do it, and possibly start grilling again next month. thank you for the inspo!


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