CLEANING IS JUST AS FUN AS GRILLING WHEN TRAEGER GRILL MAINTENANCE
To prevent remaining grit from clinging to the grill, Traeger grill cleaning should be done after each usage. Cleaning your Traeger grill isn’t difficult if you do it correctly from the start. Fortunately, you can use this page as a guide to ensure that your Traeger grill is always in good working order and ready for your next cookout.
CLEANING A TRAEGER GRILL: 6 STEPS TO DO IT RIGHT
First and foremost, make sure the grill is entirely cool before cleaning it; do not proceed with the next steps until the grill is absolutely cold.
STEP 1: DISCONNECT YOUR TRAEGER GRILL AND VACUUM IT.
Begin by cleaning your grill with a vacuum. I like to wear gloves during the whole procedure. Disposable gloves, such as those sold at Costco, or reusable dish gloves are also acceptable options. I have a pair of affordable reusable dish gloves that I use particularly for cleaning the grill.
STEP 2: WASH YOUR TRAEGER GRILL GRATES
If your grill grates are particularly filthy and caked with food, I recommend bringing them into the kitchen and washing them with warm soapy water.
If your grill grates are porcelain, like mine, you’ll want to use a sponge and nylon scrub instead of anything abrasive to prevent ruining the porcelain layer.
Despite their oily and dirty appearance, the grates clean off easily with warm soapy water. We prefer to clean our Traeger grills using Dawn Soap, which I find to be quite effective.
STEP 3: REMOVE THE DRIP TRAY AND DISPOSE OF THE USED ALUMINUM FOIL
Replace the foil with new heavy-duty aluminum foil. Costco has a heavy-duty extra-large size that seems to suit the drip tray wonderfully!
Use the standard sort if you don’t have the heavy-duty kind. You may use the usual thickness foil to double up on the foil if you’d like, but it’s not necessary; just make sure to cover everything!
This is the stage you DO NOT want to skip… LOL
STEP 4: REMOVE THE HEAT BAFFLE
The heat baffle is located just under the drip tray and is responsible for covering the hot pot and dispersing the flame.
The hot pot is where the pellets fall and ignite for your flame, if you don’t know what I’m talking about. When you remove the heat baffle from your Traeger grill, you’ll see the hot pot, which is likely to contain fine dust as well as dust particles from the surrounding area.
What you’ll see isn’t ash; rather, it resembles sawdust from a table saw, although it’s deeper in color. Get your shop vac or garage vac out of the garage.
If you can prevent it, I wouldn’t recommend using your usual home one. Not because the grill dust will damage your vacuum, but because you don’t want any grease residue on your wonderful home vacuum. If you have a shop vac, use it.
Vacuum the interior base of the barrel as well as the little area within the hot pot. It’s OK if you vacuum up a few wood pellets; when you turn your grill back on, more will fall.
STEP 5: USE BUCKET LINERS WITH GREASE
Let’s get started with the grease bucket. This should be a breeze, particularly if you use a grease bucket liner like the one shown in the picture.
Another option is to line your bucket with aluminum foil instead of using a grease bucket liner. However, using aluminum foil isn’t the cleanest or most convenient option, since if there’s a little hole or a tear in your liner, grease might seep through and end up in your bucket.
As a result, I recommend utilizing the grease bucket liners, which make grease disposal a breeze. Simply shut the four tabs and dump.
STEP 6: COMBINE IT ALL AGAIN.
It’s now time to reassemble everything in the following order: 1) a heat baffle, 2) a foil-covered drip tray, 3) grill grates, and 4) a grease bucket coated with paper towels.
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