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How To Clean a Grill

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Inspired by conversations on the FOOD52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun. Today, how to clean a grill, with tools you already have lying around.

We know we're getting down to the wire on grilling advice, but here's a tip that will carry you well beyond the Fourth of July: how to clean your grill, using things you already have lying around. All you'll need for this quick hack is a piece of aluminum foil and a pair of tongs. Oh, plus your dirty grill grate and a little bit of elbow grease. 

1. First, cut a length of aluminum foil about the size pictured here -- or, the width of your grill is a good rule of thumb.

2. Once you have your aluminum foil, crumple it into a ball. This will be your main tool, and the bearer of all grill-cleaning magic.


3. Position your magical aluminum foil ball snugly in your tongs, and then, with determination and your Olympic strength, use it to scrub the surface of the grill rack. (Hint: this method works even better when the grill is still warm.) The foil will remove all of your stickiest grilling bits in a matter of seconds.


And there you have it! Now your grill is good as new, with enough time leftover for kicking back at your barbeque.

Tags: Grill/Barbecue, Tips & Techniques, DIY Food, How-To & Diy, Kitchen Confidence