If this morning’s hashbrowns taste a little like last night’s Salmon you may have some remnants on the grill that are better off gone. We know you don’t want or need chores to do while you’re on vacation so we’re going to try and offer some simple tips to keep your grilled meals from blending together and get you back into the pool as soon as possible after your meal.
Most experts recommend you turn the grill on high for 10 to 15 minutes before you cook your meal in order to burn off any remnants of last night’s dinner. You don’t have to do much, just let the heat do the work by incinerating the last of the food bits leftover.
Next, you scrub it with a high quality grill brush. The brush should have a long handle and firm bristles or a scouring pad. This will scrub off the food that still remains on the rack.
Be sure to check the grates when you have finished this because we do know of people who have ingested grill brush bristles that were left on the grill racks and embedded into the food being cooked. Double check!
Now you can oil the grill. Be careful because it is hot. Lightly coat a paper towel with oil and wipe it on the grill grates. This will keep your next meal from sticking as much when you start cooking.
Once you are done cooking you can let the grill cool completely and leave it until the next meal. It may seem counter-productive but the best time to clean it is just before you begin cooking again. If you are done for the night, cover it and tuck yourself in to your favorite fireside chair. You’ve done a great job of feeding a crowd today and you deserve some time staring up at the night sky.