Grill Cleaning 101: 4 Amazing Hacks To Clean Your BBQ Grill Like a Pro

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By: Kristina Guerrero | Mike Dunn Posted: 10:18 AM, Jul 10, 2018

There’s nothing nastier than putting fresh, beautiful food on a filthy, broken down barbecue grill. Luckily, we went straight to BBQ cleaning and BBQ franchise expert Dean Smith to see what it really takes to give new life to an old barbecue. He’s giving us the 101 on how you can clean your grill like a pro. 

1. Check the Ignitor  

Smith says people always come to him claiming their igniter doesn’t work. But lots of people don’t know that there’s a battery in the bottom. It’s usually either an AAA or AA battery, so make sure to double check those if you’re having igniter trouble. 

Also, make sure the wire connections on the bottom side of the igniter switch are firmly connected. Otherwise, if you do need a new igniter on these types of grills, they’re usually $10 or less at your local hardware store. 

2. Hot Spots  

We know what you’re thinking – what’s a hot spot? Well, many times when you first fire up the grill and see a big flame up anywhere, you know that your burner is probably blown out. This means the burner hole is bigger than what it should be. Blown out burner holes can be dangerous and can also overcook or burn whatever you put on the grill. The only way to fix is to get a replacement burner, which are carried at your local hardware stores for about $15 – $20.  

3. Propane Tank Regulator 

Ever had an issue where your grill just doesn’t get hot enough? It could be the result of a bad propane tank regulator. That seems to be a common problem where it’ll only get to maybe 200 or 300 degrees. So, if it lights, but doesn’t get hot enough, you’ll want to replace the hose and regulator. Connect one end to the grill using a crescent wrench, and the other end to the propane tank using the hand-tightened connection.  

A hose and regulator will run you about $15 to $20 at a hardware store.  

4. Clean the Inside of the Grill  

So, the outside of your grill’s looking good but the inside could be better. You definitely don’t want your food touching anything disgusting, so coat the inside of the grill with oven cleaner. Then turn the grill on high and let it bake for 10 minutes. The product will then basically melt off. There might be some scraping, but it depends on how deep of a clean you want. 

Don’t have the time or energy to clean the grill yourself? No problem! You can always check online for local professional grill cleaning services. 


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