(Stuart James) I love to grill. I do not love to clean the grill. However, I have discovered a few tips for cleaning and maintaining your grill so that it cooks your food evenly as well giving it a great grilled taste. Moreover, it does not take that much effort if done regularly.
I discovered a couple of tips for charcoal grills that I am trying to see if I can improve any grilling skills I have. They work for The Big Green Egg too.
First, food network recommends cleaning your ash catcher each time you grill.
"If your charcoal grill has an ash catcher, empty it before lighting. A clean ash catcher ensures adequate airflow. Good ventilation is essential for charcoal to burn — without it, your fire won't stay lit. Ashes also absorb moisture, which can cause rusting. For safety, make sure the ashes are completely extinguished before disposing of them."
On The Big Green Egg, I regularly clean the ashes out from the egg by scraping them out through the bottom vent. I also lift out the internal ceramic pieces to make sure I clean out the bottom to keep the venting opened for a more controlled grill. The Big Green Egg is designed to have good circulation to control temperature and help with even grilling.
Use a grill brush. In cleaning the grill racks on the Big Green Egg I follow food network's advice:
"A stiff wire grill brush is a necessity for maintaining your grilling grates. Before you put any food on the grill, preheat it for 15 minutes with the lid closed. The high heat will burn off any residue and turn it into ash. Brush off the ashes with your grill brush, then grill as your recipe instructs. After grilling, scrape the grates with a brush again while they are still hot. Replace your grill brush once a year." food network
The wire brush definitely helps keep the cooking grates clean.
Finally, I regularly clean out the inside of The Egg using a soft wire brush to sweep out the ash the builds up. I remove the internal assembly, brush off the ash and darkened burnt coal. When I am finished I reassemble the internal parts and get ready to grill.
The following video demonstrates the regular cleaning of The Big Green Egg. My only additional advice is to clean the internal assembly regularly and to remove it to remove additional ash that collects in the bottom.
…and here is a cleaning video from Webber on how to clean charcoal grills.
Click here to read the food network article on grill cleaning.
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