Though we officially crossed the threshold into spring a few weeks back, it’s getting to be that time of year when it actually starts to feel like spring. And warmer weather goes hand in hand with outdoor activities. There’s plenty of outdoor living to enjoy during the Wisconsin summer, whether it’s swimming pools, sports, or grills. Since the weather is getting nicer, now is a great time to clean up your patio, put out those stored furniture cushions, and do some maintenance care on your grill. At The Pool People, we offer incredible Kamado Joe® grills to make put your backyard cooking over the top. But how do you keep them clean? Here’s how to clean a Kamado Joe grill.
The Wonder of a Kamado Joe Grill
If you happen to already own one, you know Kamado Joe grills are unique because of their shape and size and the fact that they’re ceramic. According to the Kamado Joe website, these grills are designed to replicate wood oven cooking. This design distributes heat and flavor more evenly — offering you juicy, flavorful food each and every time. But due to their atypical style, Kamado Joe grills are also cleaned differently than other grills. So, if you’re the proud owner of one of these grills or are considering buying one, read on to learn all about cleaning them.
What You Need to Clean a Kamado Joe Grill
After a long winter, you’ll want to make sure your grill is clean and ready to use. However, you can add an extra layer of protection to your Kamado Joe by using a grill cover during the colder months.
You also need an ash tool to remove ash from your grill. You should do this every time after you use the grill, and it has cooled. Additionally, you’ll need a plastic bristle brush and charcoal. Also, make a note that you don’t need cleaning chemicals, soap, or water to clean these grills.
Cleaning the Grill
Now that you know what you need, we can get to the actual cleaning of your Kamado Joe grill. First, if you haven’t used the grill or deeply cleaned it in a while, you should do a thorough cleaning of your grill. Remove internal grill components including the firebox and fire ring.
Next, clear any ash or debris that exists between the lower body of the grill and the ceramic body. Place your ash pail below the draft door and remove the ash tray to empty the ashes from the base of your grill. Use the plastic bristle brush to clean off any extra ash from the internal components. Don’t forget to remove debris from the inside of the grill as well. When you are done with this, you can place the components back. Light your new charcoal and get your grill going for about an hour to burn off anything remaining on your grill or grates.
However, if your grill just needs a quick clean before use all you have to do is grab the ash tool. Stir up the charcoal in the firebox with this tool to dislodge loose ash into the ash collection pan. Remove the pan, clear it of ash, then return it to the grill to start cooking. Additionally, your Kamado Joe grill also has some self-cleaning features that can help eliminate any buildup.
Sound intriguing? If you’re interested in an easy-to-use, easy-to-clean Kamado Joe grill, stop by one of The Pool People locations to browse our selection of incredible grills. At The Pool People, we can help you find the right grill for your outdoor lifestyle. With almost endless recipes for your spring fare, you’ll love every day using your Kamado Joe grill.