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Unread 04-01-2010, 10:08 AM   #1
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Default Cleaning grill grates?

How many of yolu clean your grates? Or do you leave them for added seasoning and flavor?
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You mean you are supposed to clean them?
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I clean them at the start of each cook. Some clean them at the end of each cook. YMMV. I clean them to avoid sticking, primarily, and to remove any new life forms. :)
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I leave them for grillmarks.
I only brush the (hot) grate before a cook to get the big chunks loose.

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Since I'm bring them in with food on them usually anyway, I wash them.
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I brush the grates on all my grills with a steel wire brush after each use, lightly, enough to knock off and chunks, and that is it.
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Ok thanks guys, One I don't have to brush off. and it is ok to spray pam on the great so I don't get my rib eyes to stick?
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I hit them with the weed burner. 5 minutes and everything is burned off. Plus its a good excuse to play with the weed burner :)
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I've coated all my grills once with sunflower oil...
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My Klose I clean the grates at the start of every season. My Webers & UDS I never clean.
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With my cast iron grates, I give them a light scrape with a wire brush when starting the fire and a second scraping about 5 minutes in once it's warmed up. I never do it at the end of a cook because it might facilitate rusting. It's not "gunk" it is "seasoning" ;)

With my stainless grates, I just scrape them whenever needed, before a cook, after a cook, whatever.
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I clean them before each cook by heating them up over the fire. I like to identify what is burning off by the odors, and then give a quick scrape before adding the food.
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Funny, I clean the grates in my Bandera smoker but never the ones on my Weber grills. The grills get hot enought where I can clean by scraping before each cook. But the smoker grates get massive buildup of gunk that needs to be cleaned off.
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Thank you guys, I brushed off the great with a wire brushg before I put the rib eye roast in!

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I should clean mine but I found foil covers at HD that fit my Dera grids almost. Just have to cut a little off and they cover most of the area I need. A buck each? Yeah, but I hate to clean things and this works.
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