If you’re a keen griller, you will be well aware of how messy and mucky our grills can get. All that meat, sauce, grease, and oil can really mess up a grill, and so it is important to clean the grill regularly to keep it in tip-top working condition.
Now, cleaning a grill might not seem like the most fun job in the world. Indeed, it can actually prove to be a little tricky.
However, we just so happen to be pretty well versed in grill cleaning (which is no surprise, really, when you think about how often we grill!).
We are going to be using this article to share some of the top tips we have for cleaning your Traeger grill, as well as answering some of those burning questions you may have in relation to cleaning Traeger grills.
Keep on reading to find out how to keep your grill sparkly clean.
Grease drain pan
Of course, your grease drain or drip pan is going to be one of the muckiest places in your grill. Typically you will use aluminum foil to cover it and catch the majority of grease. As such, this should be replaced often to keep it looking as clean as possible.
However, you should also regularly clean the grease drip or drain pan itself. To do this, lift up and remove any foil.
Use a scraper to get off any of the stuck-down grease and food debris. You can then use a warm wet cloth to remove any residue. Ensure it is all removed by repeating the process if needed.
If you have a grease bucket, you really should keep up with the cleaning of this. Do this as often as you clean the grill itself. Sure, it’s not a particularly pleasant job, but it is essential.
Discard all of the grease into a plastic container or cup and be sure to trash it. Whatever you do, do not be tempted to flush it down the drain, sink, or gutter. It can cause clogs!
When you have discarded all of the grease from the bucket, wash the bucket well in warm soapy water to get rid of all the residue. Ensure that you dry it before you use it again.
Outside the grill
The exterior elements of your grill also get dirty. Sure, they may not be as bad as the inside, but they are subjected to grease splashes, sauce spillages, and general wear and tear.
As such, it is a good idea to regularly wash down the outside of your grill. After all, you want it to look good, don’t you? This will also help to preserve the powder coating that covers Traeger grills.
All you need to clean this exterior is warm soapy water. Do not be tempted to use chemical cleaners or anything abrasive. Good old soapy water will be more than enough!
Clean grill grates
Now, this is the bit that you should do most often! We recommend that you clean your grill grates after each use. If you do this frequently then you should find that they never get majorly messy.
Simply use a long brush that is non-metallic (a plastic bristle brush is a good choice) and get in between the grates. You can do this while the grill is still warm (but not hot enough to melt the bristles, of course!
If there is ground in grease and burnt parts, you may want to give it a little more of a thorough clean using hot water. You can use some soap if needed, but do not use any abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals!
Always check the instructions on your grill to see if there is a way they recommend cleaning it, especially the delicate porcelain grill grate.
The ash is contained underneath the porcelain grill grate and this should be cleaned out as often as you use the grill! To do this you need to wait until the grill has cooled completely as you will need to pick up the grate and remove it.
Use a vacuum cleaner to suck up any excess ash, discarding it in your trash. You can then wipe it over with a wet cloth if you wish.
How often should I clean my Traeger grill?
You should clean your Traeger grill very often. If you cook large amounts at a time, it may be wise to clean it thoroughly after each use.
If you only tend to cook small quantities on it, you should stick to the general recommendation of cleaning it every 2 or 3 uses.
It is always a good idea to keep it generally clean though, meaning you should give it a quick wipe over with a damp cloth before every use, and a more thorough wipe after each use.
Follow our steps above to learn how to clean your Traeger grill thoroughly, including the exterior, grill grates, and drip tray!
Do Traeger grills rust?
Yes, your Traeger grill can rust. This can happen if it is left out in the rain or snow or comes into contact with water in another way. That being said, there are steps that you can take to prevent this from happening.
First and foremost, we highly recommend that you invest in a Traeger cover for your grill. This will protect it from the elements and ensure that no water can get inside your grill.
You should also fully dry your grill after you have washed it if you plan to clean it using water. Do not use your Traeger grill if it has rust until you have fixed the issue as it can be a hazard to your health.
Can you pressure wash a Traeger?
It is not generally recommended that you use a pressure washer to clean your Traeger grill. That being said, a pressure washer may be able to clean down the grill grate if it is not dishwasher safe.
Please do not use a pressure washer on the exterior of your Traeger grill as it may tarnish the powder-coated paint.