Whether you own a pellet grill like the Silverbac or a ceramic kamado Kong, cleaning your grill is a crucial piece of grill ownership. Don’t put it on the back burner: learning to take care of your grill will aid in keeping it cookin’ for a lifetime.
Wrap with Foil
One of the easiest things you can do is wrapping your heat deflector with aluminum foil. I recommend using heavy duty foil and using at least two layers, which allows liquids to keep from seeping through. Just pay attention to the direction grease is moving on the heat deflector to layer the foil in a way that keeps the grease from going underneath.
You can, of course, do the same with the heat shield on the Silverbac. Keep in mind this will require a bit more foil.
Prevention is all fine and well, but what do you do when your grates or heat shield are already caked up and nasty? Thankfully, cleaning the grill grates on Grilla products is easier than most cheap gas grills you may have dealt with in the past. The grates on all the Grilla Grills products are well built, meaning they can take a good scrubbing and will clean up nicely.
To do this, I stay away from chemicals and opt for a wire brush with medium stiffness. This allow for quick cleaning without scratching the grates from deep strokes. Usually, a dozen or so swipes knock off the worst of the grime, without using any chemicals.
Pellet grill cleaning can take a little finesse when it comes to the metal components. My Grilla has seen everything from ribs to brisket to burgers and wings, creating a thick, charred build over time. To give it a good clean, first, you must scrape it off without deeply scratching the metal of the heat deflector. Try using a plastic putty knife. These are flexible enough to not damage the metal but strong enough to cut through the charred mess. You can find a set of these at your local home improvement store.
After about a dozen cooks, your Silverbac or Grilla’s fire pot area is probably covered in ash. All pellet grills will accumulate ash over the course of time. For about every 20 pounds of pellets you burn you find that you have accumulated enough ash to warrant a cleaning.
If your fire pot is left unchecked or uncleaned it will eventually cause your grill to not light properly. To clean, I like to use a shop vacuum. Be careful to make 100% sure that the ash you are sucking up is cold. Use the nozzle on the shop back and suck up all you can from the bottom of the grill and from the fire pot.
If you own a Grilla, the heat window will eventually be obscured by smoke. Since you already have your heat shield out and have vacuumed up all the ash, clean the glass so you can enjoy the unobstructed view of the fire that makes the Grilla so unique.
Take an old rag and some degreaser to work wonders. Squirt some degreaser on the rag and rub the glass until the grime comes off.
Good as New
Spend time cleaning your grill after cooking to keep it looking nice and lasting long. If you’re investing in the best smoker on the market, it deserves the best care. And now that it’s all clean, it’s time to light the grill and start getting it dirty again.