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? (36)

12.31.14

Anthony H

Hi Kevin,

We just bought a Performer Premium grill with the gourmet barbecue system and have used it 5 times. We have had no problem cleaning the grates, but we haven't cleaned in the lid or the bowl of the grill.

What would be the best way to clean the lid and bowl? Would the Weber stainless steel brush scratch the porcelain? Would a spray on oven cleaner be better?

We want to keep it looking as good as the day it arrived.

Also, where can we find a jacket like yours?

Thank you for your help,
Scott and Debby

12.30.14

Kevin Kolman

Anthony,
Very nice and congrats on the new Performer Premium. I love that grill because it is loaded with BBQ features!!
For the outside of the bowl use a glass cleaner or Weber’s exterior cleaner. Both of these work really well. For the inside I would recommend warm soapy water and a mild scouring pad or the Weber Grate Cleaner. Either of these will do a grate job!! I would not use the brush on the outside of the grill because the best way to remove the grease and debris are with the cleaners.
If you are noticing a large amount of build up inside the grill then yes use the brush.

Keep us posted and if you have any other questions you can find me on Facebook and Twitter at Kevin’s Backyard. Not sure about the jacket because it was a was a custom coat.

Hope this helps, Happy New Year and Happy Grilling.

12.26.14

Dave V

I use an Ice cream Bucket, the ice cream long gone, a Dollar store Pair of Rubber gloves, a steel wool scrubber like is seen in video and a sponge. The contents of that bucket, a hose and bucket filled with warm water and little dish washing detergent, do a terrific job of getting my Weber Charcoal Grill clean. This is also the same things I use to clean my MasterBuilt 30 Inch Smoker with a window in the door.

12.26.14

Kevin Kolman

Dave,
First I am glad to hear that you are taking care of your Weber Grill!! A part of the grilling process people always seem to forget about. I love your ideas above and I will definitely I try them in the very near future. I love the idea of repurposing things I have bought and also not having to clean something else after I clean my Webers. Grate work, keep those tips coming and always Happy Grilling!!

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