Family barbecues and weekend parties are opportunities to enjoy good company and delicious food. However, before putting your burgers or brisket on the grill or smoker, you need to make sure your barbecue grates are in good condition. Dirty and poorly seasoned grill grates can ruin your whole cookout. In this article, we’ll teach you how to keep your grill grates clean and seasoned, so you can barbecue with confidence and enjoy a fantastic meal with friends and family.

First Step To A Perfect Barbecue

The first step to a perfect barbecue is a clean grill. The longer you wait to clean your grill grates, the harder it will be to remove grease and dirt from them. A dirty grill can affect the flavor of your food and promote food-borne illnesses. Therefore, you should clean your grill grates after each use. But before you start scrubbing, you need to know what not to do.

Do not use a wire-bristled brush to clean your grill under any circumstance. There have been reports of small metal bristles breaking off from the brush and getting stuck in the food that you cook. This can be harmful and dangerous to your guest’s health. Instead, opt for a natural and safer way to clean your grill.

Go Natural – Use An Onion!

One easy and natural way to clean grill grates is by using an onion. Cut an onion in half and attach it to a long fork or onion holder. The onion’s natural acidity and fluids can help loosen dirt stuck on food, grease, and grime, making it easier to clean. These natural fluids also have antibacterial properties, which help sanitize the grates. And the onion smell will add some nice aromas to your grilling area.

Onions also do a fantastic job of seasoning your grates naturally. Seasoning grill grates is important as it protects against rust and helps food cook better. Seasoning adds a protective coating on the grates that enables them to release food smoothly. With continued cooking and seasoning, the grates form a natural non-stick surface.

An Affordable Alternative

If you don’t have onions readily available, you can also use aluminum foil. Tear off a piece of aluminum foil and crumple it up. Use the crumpled foil as a scrubber to clean the grill grates. This option is cost-effective, and you don’t have to worry about wires from a brush breaking off and sticking to your food.

After cleaning with foil, season your grill grates by brushing them with a light coat of vegetable oil. Heat your grill to 350°F or greater and allow it to cook for 30-40 minutes. After this time, your grates will be well-seasoned and ready to be used.

Keeping your grill grates clean and seasoned is essential for a successful barbecue. Regular cleaning and seasoning will extend the lifespan of your grill and improve its performance. Remember to use natural, safer, and more cost-effective alternatives when cleaning your grill grates. And once you’re finished cleaning, make sure to season your grill grates with a light coating of oil to get the best results.

Watch the video below to see how easy it is to keep your grill grates clean and seasoned!

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