What would you do when the party’s over? Probably you would sleep? relax? cure a hangover perhaps? But what about the utensils and the equipment that was left behind? Sometimes those things need some care and attention too.
Cleaning and properly maintaining your RV grills will make your RV grills last longer to withstand a lot of barbeque parties in the future. So if you are having some trouble and difficulties in cleaning your RV grills, you’re on the right page. In this article, we will tackle all the possible tricks and tips that will make your grill look like it’s always fresh from the store.
Types of RV Grills
This type of RV grill uses liquid propane to power the RV grill. This type has its own advantages and disadvantages. The advantages of this type are that it’s more common and easy to use, it can also enhance the flavor of the food for having a real fire source compared to the electric one. The disadvantage of this type is that aside from being less compact among the 3 kinds, this might also cause unexpected accidents relating to the gas if you are not careful enough to handle it. If you are planning to get this type, make sure that you have the right storage available.
If you are on a budget-mode but still want to have an amazing RV barbeque party. This one’s probably for you. Among the 3 kinds, this type is less costly and more compact. Another advantage of this type is that you can get that authentic smoky flavor when grilling because it uses charcoal as its fire source. The only disadvantage that I can think of is that you’ll also need storage for your charcoal. But if you think that you can handle that, then this RV grill type will surely be your best friend in the kitchen.
If you are not up to a barbeque party outside your RV, this RV grill type might be the most suitable for you. The advantages of this type is that it is more portable and less accident-prone compared to the gas and charcoal type. The disadvantage of this type is that you won’t achieve those smoky flavors present in the previous types mentioned above.
Best Way to Clean and Maintain your RV Grill
As mentioned above, there are different types of RV grill and with its different specs and materials, one should be careful on cleaning it so that damage and accidents can be avoided. So without further ado, here are the best cleaning tips applicable for each type of RV grills:
For Gas/Propane RV Grills
- Always check if there’s any propane leak. To check if there’s a leak. put some soapy water along the gas lines and any other connections that may be a source of the leak (with the propane source turned on). If you noticed that there’s a bubble forming on the gas lines, try to tighten the connection or better yet, replace the entire line itself.
- Clean your RV gas grills from time to time. The first step is that you should clean and scrub your grates with a brush so that you can remove that charred meat and veggies that were stuck on the grates. Second, wash the burner covers and wipe the burners themselves with the use of a sponge and some soapy water to remove all the grimes and dirt that’s stuck in there so that you can avoid unnecessary clogging and so that your burners may look shiny again. Third, remove and clean the bottom part. This part may probably be the worst part to clean because this part is the final destination for all those charred meat, dried oils, and any other dirt from your grill but with careful scraping and washing with the use of a sponge and soapy water, your bottom tray will look shiny and good to go again.
- Assemble and cover your grill. Of course, after cleaning and disassembling your RV grill, you should carefully assemble it back again to its original form. return the burners, the burner covers, and the grates without damaging the parts then double-check the knobs, regulators, and any other parts of the grill for damages. After all that routine, carefully cover your RV grill so that it can avoid rusting and having any other unnecessary elements that may cause your RV grill to become dirtier than it should be.
For Charcoal RV Grills
- Heat up your grill. The first step is to heat up your grill for at least 10 minutes to clean any residue and any form of ash buildup on the grill.
- Apply cooking oil. Wet a paper towel using oil (just a decent amount to avoid catching fire.) Use tongs to wipe the paper towel on the entire grill. This will ensure that the food will not stick on the grill.
- Cover your grill. After cleaning your RV grill, cover it so that it won’t get dirty that easily.
For Indoor RV Grills
There are two kinds of indoor grills. First is the one with removable grills and the other kind is the one with non-removable grills.
For the removable type
- Ready hot soapy water that can fully soak your grill plates.
- Make sure that your indoor RV grill is unplugged to avoid damages and accidents.
- Make sure to cool down the plates before grabbing them or if you are in a hurry use some mittens for handling it.
- Submerge the plates in the hot soapy water and let them sit down for a few minutes or until the food debris loosen up.
- Use a soft non-abrasive sponge to clean the grills thoroughly so that you won’t destroy and remove the non-stick surface of the grill.
- After cleaning, dry them before assembling them back. Cover it so that it won’t catch any unnecessary dirt.
For the non-removable type
- Using the aluminum foil trick, cover your grills with aluminum foil so it can serve as the grill’s primary surface. By doing this you won’t need to clean the grills that often. Make sure to avoid dripping oils on the grill itself, countertops, and on the floor as well when discarding the used aluminum foil.
- Using the moist paper towel trick. Well, we all know that water and electricity is not a great combo so before doing this trick, make sure that your indoor RV grill is unplugged. So here’s the trick, make sure that your grill is neither hot nor cold (just warm enough) then proceed to layer some moist paper towel on the entire grill, after that cover the grill and let the most paper towel rest there for a couple of minutes or at least an hour to make sure that it will absorb all the oils and fats that are residing on the grill. When the paper towels are removed, wipe the grill using a sponge with dish soap to entirely remove all the grease.
Just like humans, kitchen tools and equipment also need to be taken care of so that it can last longer and do their job properly. So if you want to have long-lasting RV grills and other kitchen equipment that will help you at several parties and gatherings, make sure that you’ll have the initiative to clean and maintain them from time to time.