How to Clean Built-Up Grease Off a Weber Kettle Grill

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Patti asked: How do I clean built up grease off of a Weber kettle grill? I’ve used my Weber all through the fall, winter and spring, and the grease build up is awful. The lid sticks shut, and the vents are hard to open because it is so bad. How can I clean it?

Most degreasers will remove the build up from your grill, but not all are safe for food preparation areas. To ensure that your grill is both clean and safe, you’ll have to use a non-toxic cleaner. For a perfectly safe, yet powerful option that’s also eco-friendly, give this method a try.

You Will Need:

Steps to Remove the Grease:

  1. Pour Simple Green into the spray bottle. Screw on the spray nozzle.
  2. Spray a generous coating of Simple Green over the greasy surfaces of the grill, inside and out. You can coat the rack to clean it as well.
  3. Allow it to sit for several minutes.
  4. Use the scouring pad to clean the grease off. Rather than scrub heavy grease, simply wipe away the top layer then repeat with a second round of spray. The Simple Green will do the work for you once it penetrates the layers. Use the wire brush on the grates.
  5. Once the grill has been wiped clean, rinse clean with a hose.
  6. Allow each cleaned piece to air dry.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Do not use metal scouring pads or wire brushes on any portion of your grill other than the grate. You may damage the heat protective finish.
  • Simple Green is biodegradable, nontoxic, nonabrasive and nonflammable.  It’s safe for use in food preparation areas.

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