Tuesday Tip: Using foil to clean a grill

Foil How many of us grill outdoors?

One, two, three…

Wow, okay so a lot of us seem to- Yes, you in the back with the red, Real Men Grill shirt. I got you too.  And just a small suggestion, you may want to send that shirt off to its final resting place. It looks like maybe it’s seen too many beer brat cook-offs.

Anyway, as I was saying, it seems a lot of us like to grill.  Whether our choice is a lovely T-bone (or brat! I got ya!) or some veggies, grilling gives our food a different twist.  It’s a nice way to spend an evening or day.  Hanging out, getting back to our roots cooking over fire.  Plus it gives us a chance to be outside, something I think a lot of us need more of, face time with nature.

The downside to grilling is the dirty grill.  Eww, right?  Greasy or just plain stuck on food.  Gotta get rid of it before you grill again.  But how to go about it efficiently?

Scott handles the grill at the HQ and by handle I mean, he gets it going, lights it and monitors the fire.  We have a charcoal grill and love it!  We have looked at several other cleaning “devices” but either they were pricey or seemed a little strange.  One thing he decided to do was use foil to scrub the grate.

I realize this sounds odd and I thought maybe the charcoal fumes had touched him in the head a bit.  But he took foil, balled it up, and used that to clean the grill.  And it worked!

Now it’s not going to make the grate all silver shiny brand new looking but it will remove all the dried cooked bits.

Pretty handy, right?  Scott says he uses about a foot of foil to clean the grill grate.  But feel free to test it out and see what works best for you and your grill!

And savor the last days of summer by having a grill feast! I think that might be in the works for us soon!

10 thoughts on “Tuesday Tip: Using foil to clean a grill

  1. Heather says:

    Doesn’t it make the creepy sound when the foil touches the metal? You know the one you can hear in your fillings?

    Or maybe it’s just me.

  2. Heather says:

    oooh I can’t even handle that sound. *shudder* I can’t even tolerate silverware clanging together or when people scrape their teeth on a fork.


  3. A couple of other tips from the German Grill website:
    Fat cuts fat, so spray the grate with some cooking oil to loosen the crud. Also, if you like to use sugar on the grill, you will get a very difficult glaze on the grate. You may need to use the “self-cleaning oven” trick on the website.

  4. Greetings…First time here, nice looking site.

    Thanks for the tip…I also like to oil my grate once it gets hot. I just take a pair of tongs, fold a paper towel, oil the towell, and then use the tongs to hold the towel. helps cleaning the next time, and also helps keep food from sticking to begin with…especially if you use a sugarry BBQ sauce

    Thanks for the tips

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