With summer just around the corner, it’s time to tackle an often forgotten, but very important part of the Weber Q grills – the grill lid.
The grill bars, firebox, hot plates, and cooking grill are all important, but the grill lid plays an undervalued role – it keeps all the moisture, aroma, and flavors in.
It just wouldn’t be the same with a build-up of grease and debris.
A few tips and tricks and a bit of cleaning time will keep your Weber barbecue clean and looking and cooking as well as it did when you first started using it.
Your Lid Needs Regular Cleaning
Regularly cleaning the lid, inside and out will keep it in tip-top condition. Letting solid grease, smoke residue, and fats build upon the underside of the lid is not only unsightly but can be a fire hazard and begin to rust.
And you don’t want the remains of your last meal dripping into your current one. Especially if you have done pulled pork in the Weber. Due to its high-fat content, it can leave a mess. If your doing pork try the snake method in the Weber, its will help you go low and slow.
Clean up any food spilled after the cooking process immediately with a damp cloth, to prevent them from baking onto the surface of the lid.
Scraping the underside of the lid from time to time with a plastic scraper will keep the excess grease and food residue under control.
Whilst it doesn’t need to be a day-to-day cleaning task, frequent cleaning will make the job a much easier one each time.
What You’ll Need to Clean Your Grill Lid
Make sure you have the following before you get started cleaning
Paper Towel and Cloths
The huge amounts of grease and leftover food particles will soon clog up a rag, so paper towel is the cleaner, more convenient option.
Tackle that grease accumulation and dispose of it! Polishing the lid with paper towel or a microfiber cloth gives it a great finish too.
Hot Soapy Water
A bucket of hot soapy water is a must for messy clean-ups. Finish with a bucket of clean hot water.
Plastic BBQ Scraper
Invaluable for removing the excessive accumulation of barbeque food debris and grease build-up, while gentle to the grill surface.
A plastic putty knife or wooden scraper will work just as well.
Weber has designed a non-caustic BBQ grill cleaner specifically for cleaning the lid and frame of the grill.
Weber Q Cleaner is a biodegradable, gentle all-purpose grill cleaner that cuts through grease and grime very effectively. Just follow the cleaning guide directions for maximum effect.
However, if you prefer to be chemical-free, try a mix of 1 1/2 cups of white vinegar, 1 1/2 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of baking soda mixed in a spray bottle is a great grill cleaner.
Oven cleaner is also a good grill cleaner, although it can be a little caustic and may have damaging side effects long term.
Whatever your choice of product, the Weber Q cleaning process is the same.
After a good general clean of your Weber grill and replacing the aluminum drip tray, it’s time to finish off with the grill lid.
Place a stiff piece of cardboard over the hot plates to protect while cleaning.
Scrape off any visible contaminants, loose amounts of fat and grease, or built-up debris with the barbeque cook box scraper.
Spray the grill cleaner onto a cold lid and let it soak in. Always make sure the lid has cooled so the grill cleaner doesn’t bake in or release any fumes. The length of time to soak will depend on the stubborn stain level. Heavy soiling will need several hours for the grill cleaner to penetrate the stains and grease, light surface mess will only need 15-20 minutes.
Try not to scrub or scour the outside of the lid with anything too coarse, such as abrasive cleaning pads, a steel bristle grill brush, or use abrasive materials to clean as it will scratch and damage the surface of the paint. A non-caustic cleaning product is a way to go.
Gently scrub the inside of the lid with a soft bristle brush or nylon scrubbing pad, extra grill cleaner, and hot soapy water. Repeat if need be. Buffing with a ball of aluminum foil can help bring up the shine.
Rinse off with clean water to remove any residual grill cleaner and dry the clean grill thoroughly with a dry cloth. Buff and polish the outside with a cleaning cloth.
Make sure your regularly clean your grill as well as deep cleans!
How often do you clean your grill lid?
Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking, and getting out in the yard with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork, smoky pork loin, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill)
You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling adventures with you!
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