Spring Grill Cleaning

Spring Grill Cleaning

As we move into Spring and Summer many of us are firing up our Weber grills almost every day of the week. And with all that action going on, it can be easy to forget some of the most important parts of grilling: cleaning and maintenance. Thus, in order to get your Weber charcoal and gas grills ready for great barbecues this season check out the videos below for Weber’s essential cleaning tips.

 
 

What are your thoughts? (34)

11.28.14

Jeff J

It is very counterintuitive to leave the food/debris on the grill. I would have thought it would "cake on" and ruin the grates. I appreciate the response and will "leave it dirty".

I have been using inexpensive grills forever and replacing them every 5 years. This is my first Weber (aside from my Smoky Mountain). Seems like a great grill. I was fortunate to have a gas line nearby so I did the natural gas version. Will never hassle with a propane tank again - love it!

11.28.14

Kevin Kolman

Hi Jeff,

Congratulations again on your new Weber grill! I know it sounds that way, but once the grill is preheated, anything left on it will burn off. Enjoy your grill and let us know if you have any other questions!

Happy Grilling!
-Kevin

11.26.14

Jeff J

I just purchased a Spirit E-310 (GBS).

I have a question about cleaning the porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates. I understand it is best to clean them after they are preheated for 10-15 minutes.

Do you specifically suggest that we do NOT clean them after we cook and we leave the grates dirty with food residue for days/weeks until our next cook?

Thanks!!

11.25.14

Kevin Kolman

Hi Jeff,

Congratulations on your new Weber Spirit E-310 with GBS! What a great grill, especially with the GBS system! To answer your question, yes. We recommend cleaning the grates after you preheat your grill for 10-15 minutes prior to each grilling session. This will burn off any excess residue on the grates from prior cooking. This will also prevent you from leaving your grill on and potentially forgetting about it if you tried to clean the grates after you grilled. If you have any other questions, please let us know.

Happy Grilling!
-Kevin

10.26.14

Ryan W

How do you clean the porcelain enamel cast iron grates?

10.26.14

Kevin Kolman

Hi Ryan,

The best way to clean your grates is to begin by preheating the grill for 10-15 minutes. Then, use a Weber stainless steel grill brush to remove any excess debris still left on your grill.

Happy Grilling!
-Kevin

10.05.14

Ryan W

I just bought a Spirit E-210. What is the best way to clean the grates and the skillet that came with it? I am reading conflicting things. Do you clean it with a stainless steel brush or should I be using something different?

10.05.14

Kevin Kolman

Hi Ryan,

Congratulations on the new Weber Spirit E-210. That is one great grill and I know it will bring you years of grilling excellence. The best way to clean your grates is to use a Weber stainless steel grill brush. This should be done right after you preheat the grill. I hope this helps.

Happy Grilling!
-Kevin

09.15.14

Wayne G

I have just purchased a Q Series 3200 BBQ with porcelain enameled cast iron grates. I'm finding conflicting information whether to use a stainless steel brush to clean or not. Some web sites say never, yet, you directed Alvin to use a stainless steel brush and not a Brillo pad. Is it safe to use a stainless steel brush?

I have used a Weber at a rental cabin before and used a stainless steel brush. I assembled my BBQ yesterday and look forward to using it today.

Wayne G

09.15.14

Kevin Kolman

Hi Wayne,

The best way to clean your grates is to use a Weber stainless steel grill brush. Our brushes have been tested and retested to give the absolute best results to keep your grates like new. Just make sure you preheat the grill for 10-15 minutes on high to help burn off any excess debris. The best time to use the brush is after you preheat while the grill is hot. Enjoy your new Weber Q 3200.

Happy Grilling!
-Kevin

08.06.14

Kyle C

I understand that the Q 3200 has porcelain enamel coating on the cooking grates. Over time is there advantage to "seasoning" the grill in the manner you would season a cast iron frying pan?

08.06.14

Kevin Kolman

Hi Kyle,
I would not say there is an advantage to seasoning the grates over time. What I would say is keeping them clean does help with them lasting longer. If you are looking for a great way to season them, put a light coating of oil on them try grilling some sausages or burgers. I hope this helps.

Happy Grilling!
-Kevin

07.13.14

Emily K

We just bought a Weber E-210 grill. We're using it almost every weekend -- and sometimes more than once in a two-day span. We love it! It also means that my husband is cleaning it thoroughly after each cookout (taking out the drip pans, aluminum catch pan, flavorizer bars, etc.) Is this necessary? How often should he do this type of deep clean? Thanks - and great video!

07.12.14

Kevin Kolman

Hi Emily,

Congratulations on your new Weber Spirit E-210. It’s great to hear that you are enjoying using it.

For optimal performance, it is a good idea to keep the grill clean. Doing a deep clean once a month is a good idea, however, you don’t have to stop your husband from cleaning it that often. The cleaner, the better!

Keep up all the great work.

Happy Grilling!
-Kevin

07.10.14

Michael R

Kevin,

Thanks so much for your help! I have been watching every Weber video I could find, and you are right, talk about a great gift! Thanks so much for the help.

Happy Grilling!

Mike

07.09.14

Kevin Kolman

Hi Mike,

Thank you for the kind words and I hope you are building up your BBQ knowledge. Keep us posted on what you are grilling!

Happy Grilling!
-Kevin

07.06.14

Michael R

I just received a new Weber E330 NG as a gift and its great! I had a cleaning question though as this is my first grill. If I have the grill grate cleaner do I need a Weber stainless steel brush? Also, do I need to do the burn off method? Will it suffice to solely use the grill gate cleaner with the scrubber pads? Or should the process be using the Weber stainless steel brush after cooking to get off debris and then using the cleaner when the grill is cool (and not doing burn off at all).

Thanks!

Mike

07.06.14

Kevin Kolman

Hi Mike,

Congratulations on the new grill. Talk about a great gift! When it comes to cleaning, always use a Weber stainless steel grill brush. Overall, when cleaning your grates, always preheat your grill for 10-15 minutes. This will burn off any excess debris from prior cooking. Then, once the grill is preheated, clean your grates with a Weber stainless steel brush. There is no need to do a burn off since preheating the grill does the same thing. In between cooking, use the Weber Grate Grill Cleaner to remove any leftover debris or stains on the grates. It is best to spray it on while your grill is cool and then clean it off with a paper towel. I hope this helps.

Happy Grilling!
-Kevin

06.17.14

Michael D

I bought a Weber 330 last summer and I do a burnoff for about 10 minutes after each use and then brush off the remains with a Weber Stainless Steel Brush. The next time I go to use my grill there appears to be rust all over the top edges of the grates. Is it possible that this is grease or do these grates rust that easily?

06.17.14

Kevin Kolman

Hi Michael,

Great choice with the Weber Genesis 330! It sounds like your issue is with built up grease. I would suggest cleaning your grates with a preheat. Heat your grill on high for 10-15 minutes and then clean the grates with a Weber stainless steel brush. However, if you are having an issue with rust, please contact Weber Customer Service at 1-800-446-1071 and they will be able to help you out.

Happy Grilling!
-Kevin