Last summer, my fiancé decided to get the grill out of the garage for the first barbecue of the season, and after a terrifying battle against the big spindly spiders that decided to nest underneath, he opened it up. What did he find? RUST. Mr. Grill Master Supreme tried to insist with ignorant optimism that it would be fine, but burgers with extra tetanus were a mega no-go for me and his sister.
What was the problem here? As I gave him some serious side eye while pan frying burgers inside, I told him that if only he had cleaned the grill more often, we wouldn’t be in this situation right now! I get it; it’s not fun trudging back outside after your meal to scrape all the burnt stuff off the grill grates, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult chore! With an ongoing search for a new grill, and the peace of mind knowing I just got my tetanus shot, I grudgingly think that if only my fiancé had known these easy tips for cleaning our RV grill, we’d probably be grilling up some tasty meats and veggies right now! Try these tips out and avoid our mistakes!
Use Your Grill To Clean Your Grill
Before you start searching far and wide for the holy grail of grill cleaning, simply try turning your grill up to burn off any stuck-on bits and leftover residue on the grates. If the mess isn’t too stuck on, it should burn right off! Use your grill brush to get more stubborn residue off, and you’ll be left with a clean grill that’s ready to use! Just be careful that you don’t let your grill sit on high heat for too long, or components of your grill may melt or get damaged. If that doesn’t work …
Try a Self-Cleaning Oven
If you have access to a self-cleaning oven, this could work well to clean your RV grill’s grates! A self-cleaning oven heats up to a high temperature to carbonize reside, turning it to ash and leaving your oven clean. So stick your grill grates in and set the cycle! It’ll have the same effect as cleaning your oven and leave grill grates clean for your next barbecue.
Give Oven Cleaner a Try
If you’re out camping and don’t have access to a self-cleaning oven, try regular oven cleaner! After your RV’s grill has cooled completely, remove the grate and place it in a garbage bag. Spray oven cleaner into the bag, coating the grate completely, then close the bag and let it sit overnight. Rinse it off in the morning and use a brush to remove any remaining residue or food bits.
Stop Messes Before They Happen
Cooking with foil can be like a dream come true sometimes. I use it all the time in my home’s oven to cover baking sheets and they don’t get dirty or gross at all! Apply that same train of thought to your RV grill! Cover grates with aluminum foil, shiny side down, fire up the grill, and let the foil warm up before cooking. All you’ll have to do is remove the foil and move on with your life!
Always Oil Up Your Grill
Before you slap on that juicy steak or plunk down some kebabs, make sure you brush oil on your grill’s grates to avoid sticking! Before you light the grill, pour a small amount of an oil with a high smoke point (canola, sunflower, peanut oil, etc.) onto a paper towel and brush it onto the grates. You can do this after the grill is lit too, just use tongs to move the paper towel around. Don’t use too much oil, or you could cause flames to catch the oil. Also, if you want to use a cooking spray instead, ALWAYS use it on a cold grill! Sprays are incredibly flammable, and your pork chops won’t be the only barbecued meat out there!
Now that you know these easy tips for cleaning your RV grill, who’s ready for barbecue season? Cleaning your RV grill doesn’t have to be a big chore, so just take a few minutes to make sure that your grill is ready to go for your next cookout or else you could be dining on rust chicken or brisket à la burned-bits-from-last-week’s-hamburgers. NO THANKS!
Grilling is an art and a passion, and here at Gillette’s Interstate RV, we are delighted to offer a large selection of RVs for sale near Lansing that feature their own gas grill, or come standard with grill prep! Not only can you head out on camping adventures, but you can grill up your most mouthwatering recipes no matter where you go! We may not be the best bbq shop in the state, but we’re definitely your go-to RV dealership in Michigan!
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