Care Tips For Your Charcoal Grill

Cooking on the grill takes more than simply putting some food on the grates and flipping it over a few times. The grill you use to cook this food requires care and maintenance, otherwise you're cooking on a dirty grill that could begin to affect the taste of your food and how well it cooks. Whether you're a grill master or new to grilling, your grill needs care. Read on for tips to help you care for your grill.

Keep The Outside Covered

Just because you have the lid on your grill doesn't mean the outside elements aren't going to get into the grill eventually. Debris collected on the outside will find their way inside and can affect your grill and the taste of the food you cook on it. Keep your grill covered with the lid when not in use, and also us a grill cover over the top to protect it. You can find grill covers for your particular size grill at your grill retailer, or at most big box or hardware stores.

Clean The Grates

Food particles can stick to the grates and stay on unless you scrape the grates clean before and after using it. Heat your grill to high heat for about 10 minutes and scrape the grates using a grill brush to remove debris. This will help prevent your food from tasting off, and can also prevent your food from sticking to the grates. If using heat isn't doing the trick, try using an onion to clean the grates. Cut the end of an onion exposing the insides, then rub the onion on the grates. 

Use Cooking Spray

Cooking spray on your grates can also prevent food from sticking to them. Spray the grates with cooking spray, or brush a little bit of oil onto the grates to keep them seasoned. This can also enhance the flavor of the food you are cooking. The grates don't need to be soaked, just give them a light coating.

Add Charcoal Properly

Don't just throw a few charcoal briquettes into the grill base, use a pyramid shape when adding coals instead. This will allow for proper air flow and give you enough heat without a lot of smoke.

Empty Coals When Cool

Don't keep adding coals on top of ashes in your grill, empty the ashes in the grill and clean out the entire grill between uses. The old ashes and coals could change the flavor of your food. Empty the ashes and coals, then spray out your grill. Use a wire brush to give it a thorough clean. 

A charcoal grill should be used properly to ensure the food you cook is tasty and safe for consumption. Talk to your grill retailer about other grill care tips.