Don’t underestimate the importance of this step. Food will release from clean grates more readily. After grilling (while grates are still hot), scrape off any cooked-on bits.
For more specific details on how to clean your grates, view these quick articles.
How to clean your stainless steel grids
There are several ways you can clean your stainless steel cooking grids
Use a brass bristle brush or balled up aluminum foil to scrap and clean your grids when they are hot.
Use hot soapy water to soak your grids and then use a nylon scrubby pad.
Use oven cleaner like Easy Off as directed to clean caked on clumps of food and residue off your grids. Once you have cleaned off the build-up make sure to wash them with hot soapy water and a nylon scrubby to remove any additional debris.
You can put the cooking grids into a large black plastic garbage bag, add enough vinegar to cover your grids, seal the garbage bag and then place in the hot sun for several hours. When you take the grids out you can wash them with hot soapy water and a nylon scrubby to remove any additional debris.
We recommend using the wood scrapping tool (GGWB5) that came with your grids or a brass bristle brush (GGWB10) when the grids are hot. When the grids are cold, you can soak them in a container filled with hot water and a grease-cutting dish soap like Dawn, and then scrub with a nylon dish scrubber.
DO NOT TRY TO CLEAN YOUR SEARMAGIC GRIDS WITH EASY OFF!
Easy Off is not meant for use on aluminum as it can cause pitting and discoloration.
3. REDUCE FLARE-UPS
Flare-ups are temporary upsurges of flame that result from fat dripping onto hot surfaces or briquettes. All MHP grills have either self-cleaning briquettes, flavor plates or drip pans that help to reduce the chance of flare-ups. Brief flare-ups are normal and usually do not require any action. If one lasts for more than a couple of seconds, carefully move your food and close the lid to kill the flames. DO NOT USE WATER. Flare-ups are a grease fire and using water can increase the flames.
Trimming excess fat off your meats can reduce the chance of flare-ups. If marinating, make sure that it is not dripping off your food, especially if the marinade is mostly oil.