If you have a Big Green Egg or another kind of ceramic barbeque cooker, you might be thrilled with the variety of dishes you can cook and enjoy. However, at one time or another, you'll need to clean out your cooker so that it can cook well. Cleaning this kind of machine is a little different than cleaning other grills, so be sure to read the tips below so that you can avoid damaging your ceramic barbeque cooker and ensure it continues to work well.
Avoid Using Water and Cleaning Solutions
You might be used to scrubbing down other kinds of grills and pans with a good mixture of water and cleaning products, but for a ceramic cooker this can be a very bad idea. The type of ceramic in these cookers tends to be porous and not finished with any glaze or protection, so it can absorb liquids to some degree. If your cooker absorbs some of the synthetic chemicals or water you're using for cleaning, that can affect the way the cooker works, as well as the way your food will taste.
Instead, stick with a clean, dry cloth and wipe the ceramic portions of the cooker if there is any food residue. You can also use a hard-bristle brush to get food off the grill and to scrub away stubborn particles on the ceramic.
Use a Shop Vac
Leftover ashes in an uncleaned cooker can block holes along the bottom and impede proper air flow; that can make it difficult for the temperature to be correct for the meals you make. One tool that will come in handy during cleaning is a so-called shop vac. By vacuuming up the ashes that are left in the bottom of your cooker, you'll be able to clear out the holes on the bottom that allow for adequate air circulation. Using a shop vac will also help you cut down on the mess that could be made with a pile of ashes.
Using these tips can keep your ceramic cooker in good condition until the next time you're ready to use it. Now that you know the steps you'll have to take in order to keep your ceramic cooker clean, keep them in mind after every use of the cooker. Talk with other owners or the shop where you bought your grill, such as Hearth and Patio, for more ideas about how you can care for your cooker and keep it working a long time.