How To Clean Pit Boss Grill Grates (3 Simple Methods)

It is important to clean your Pit Boss grill grates regularly.

Leaving food residue on the grates can lead to rust buildup.

It can also affect the taste of your food in your next grilling session.

If you grill a lot, then you should try to clean your grill grates at least once every week.

So, how exactly do you clean the grates of your Pit Boss pellet grills?

We will walk you through easy ways to clean your grates.

By the end of this post, the cleaning and maintenance of your Pit Boss grates will be as simple as A-B-C.

Using Soapy Water And Sponge and Grill Wipes

This is one of the most widely used methods for cleaning the Pit Boss grill grates.

To properly clean your grill grates with this method, you will need the following cleaning items:

  • A non-abrasive sponge
  • Water
  • Liquid dish soap

Once you have all these ready, pour some quantity of the liquid dish soap into a bucket of water and mix.

Then soak the grates in the soapy water mixture for several hours or overnight.

Soaking the grates make them easier to clean.

After soaking them in soapy water for a few hours, use the non-abrasive sponge to clean the dirt and remains of food off the grates, and then rinse.

Avoid using harsh substances or a power washer as they could damage the porcelain enamel protection of your grates.

Grill Spray Or Vinegar

While using soapy water and a sponge is an efficient way of cleaning tough stains from your grill grates.

Many people prefer using a grill spray or vinegar to clean their grates.

To use this method to get the job done, you will need the following:

  • Warm water
  • Vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Grill brush

Mix 2 cups of vinegar with 2 cups of water, then pour the mixture into a spray bottle.

Apply the mixture to your grill grates using the spray bottle. 

Allow it to sit for 10 – 15 minutes.

Then use the grill brush to brush the leftover food and dirt off your grates.

If you are using a smoker cleaner spray, all you have to do is follow the instructions printed on the spray container.


If you are looking for the easiest and fastest way of cleaning your grates, then the burnoff method is a good choice.

All you need is a non-metallic brush or scraper.

After grilling, increase the temperature of your burners with the lid off.

Wait for 10 – 15 minutes, then use the grill brush to clean the grates.

3 Frequently Asked Questions About Cleaning The Pit Boss Grill Grates

What Kind Of Brush Is The Best For Cleaning Porcelain Grates?

When cleaning porcelain grates, avoid using wire or metal brushes.

Instead, use a brush with a soft bristle. Alternatively, you can use a nylon grill brush.

Do Pit Boss Pellet Smokers Grates Rust?

Pit Boss grates are made of high-quality materials.

In addition, the cooking surface of the grates is properly coated to prevent them from rusting.

However, if you do not clean or maintain your grates regularly, they will eventually become rusty due to the ash and grease build-up impact.

Can I Grill On Rusty Grates?

It is not safe health-wise to grill on grates with major surface rust.

The reason is that rust may stick to your food while grilling.

That is why you must clean off food particles and grease off your grates regularly to prevent the enameled surfaces from becoming rusty.

Whether your grill is made with porcelain-coated iron or stainless steel cooking grates, cleaning it after every cook will help prevent rust buildup and make them last longer.

With these snippets of wisdom, cleaning your Pit Boss grates should be a breeze.

Smoke On!


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