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? (30)

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

06.12.14

Alvin S

Can you use a brillo soap pad to clean the grates on a Q3200 ?

06.12.14

Kevin Kolman

Hi Alvin,

I would not recommend using a Brillo pad on the cast iron grates. Instead, use a stainless steel brush to brush off leftover debris and build up that has formed on your grill after it is preheated. You may also want to try the Weber Grate Cleaner which can help degrease your grates as well. I hope this helps!

Happy Grilling!
-Kevin

06.11.14

Cody R

I bought a Genesis E-330 last year and the cooking grates have some sort of rusty-looking stuff on them. I'm not sure if that's just remains of food, or if it somehow is rust (I thought the grates are porcelain so this wouldn't happen though).

How can I clean these off?

06.11.14

Kevin Kolman

Hi Cody,

Well, let’s get those cooking grates clean. The best way to do this is to preheat your grill on high for 10-15 minutes and then use a Weber stainless steel grill brush to brush off any debris on the cooking grate. You can also try the Weber Grate Grill Cleaner to get those cooking grates cleaned up again.

Happy Grilling!
-Kevin

06.01.14

kelly b

Just got a e 330 genesis and was wondering if it is necessary to clean the grill grates with soap and water for first use?

05.31.14

Kevin Kolman

Hi Kelly,

Congratulations on the new Weber Genesis E-330. What a great grill! There is no reason to clean the grates with soap and water. Simply preheat the grill for 10-15 minutes and you’ll be ready to go. Just make sure you use a stainless steel bristle brush to keep the grates clean.

Happy Grilling!
-Kevin

05.05.14

Pat S

I have a Genesis 300 grill with cast iron grates. The original grates were used out of the box without any type of seasoning as per the operating instructions. After two - three seasons the grates began to rust and flake leaving pieces on food. I replaced these grates and based on information found on your web site I washed in warm water dried with a towel and seasoned with a solid vegetable shortening prior to the first use. After this initial preparation I have cleaned as directed using a wire brush. Although following all directions this second set of cast iron grates is beginning t rust and flake. I did submit a inquiry to Weber and was advised that because I did not retain the original proof of purchase the best I could expect is a reduced price to purchase a third set of grates. They also advised that there should be no seasoning required. Can you please which process is correct (do not season or season) and if it is worth getting a third set of cast iron grates or can I expect the same rusting and flaking to occur in 2 - 3 years. Also why does Weber expect a consumer to retain "proof of purchase" for years after buying the original grill and replacement parts?

05.05.14

Kevin Kolman

Hi Pat,

The best practice is to not season them out of the box. They are porcelain enamel coated so that is not necessary. I would try contacting our Customer Service team again and ask about the rusting and flaking. That should not be happening. Please keep me posted on this.

Happy Grilling!
Kevin