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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Even The Simple Things - Easy Grill Cleaning

My Awesome Grill!
    I hate cleaning. Everyone who reads these columns knows this. One of the nastiest jobs we do is cleaning up the grill after BBQ'ing something. Especially when there is sticky sauce involved! Well, I have been using a nice grill brush and some sprayed on water to clean the grill. But I have found a MUCH better way! How about steam? Steam cleans almost everything. And it cleans it very well. The main problem is where to get the steam from? Well, when cleaning a grill, that's easy! The grill stays hot for quite a while after you are done cooking. Why not use that heat to make your cleaning job easier? How? Read on!

A grill brush does a good job dislodging bigger chunks off your grill but it's a lot of work to really get the grates clean this way. A lot of people use the "wet towel on the grill" method. This works, but then you have a messy, hot (maybe burnt) towel to contend with. How about combining the two and having a grill brush that dispenses small amounts of water through the bristles that turns to steam and cleans the grill? Sounds like a great idea! It is!! I found a grill brush that does just that. Granted, it's got a plastic handle, but the rest is all metal. Even a fold-able hook. A nice touch? The hook locks into place when folded so it won't get in the way during use.

It has a small reservoir in the handle that you fill with water and a simple twist knob to turn the flow on and off. Just a quarter-turn does it. It has a removable set of brushes so they can be replaced with ease. All you need to do is unscrew the wing-nut holding the brush on. I especially liked the second skinny brush on top that lets you get in between the grill grates -- place that's normally tough to clean. After a full cleaning of my 200+ inch grill I'd only used about 1/3 of the water in the handle reservoir. So it should last through multiple cleanings.

I found this at a well-known bedding and bath shop for $9.99. Since I had a 20% off coupon it was only $8.00. So I figured it was worth a try. Glad I did! The simplest things can work miracles. With a little ingenuity, almost anything is possible.This little beauty has earned a place in my grilling "toolkit." Try'll like it!

Be Seeing You...Down The Road,

Rich "The Wanderman"

Editor:  Here are some similar steam grill brushes at Amazon. And, as always, be sure there are no bristles left on the grill before you barbecue. They can be very hazardous!