Clean Porcelain Grill Grates

by Allison
(Park City, KS, USA)

Am I able to clean porcelain grill grates in the dishwasher?

I own a Charmglow grill by Brinkmann that has porcelain grill grates. I am having a difficult time cleaning the grates and am wondering if I can put those in the dishwasher for better cleaning. I would appreciate your advice.


No, don't put porcelain enamel grill grates in the dishwasher.

The soap tablets for dishwashers are extremely abrasive so it's not a good idea. For sure dish washing will get your grates clean but it will also severely reduce their working life.

The best tips I can give you are:-

  1. At the end of each cookout give your burners a 10 minute blast to char any remaining food residue. When cool, allow them to soak in warm soapy water and after 30 minutes go to it with a non metallic scourer. If you don't get all the dirt off first time, replace the water and repeat the soak.

  2. Alternatively, after the burner blast, again use a non metallic scourer and spray with white vinegar. Vinegar is a fantastic all round cleaning agent and if you haven't got a spray, just mix some vinegar 50:50 with warm water.

The only negative to using vinegar is that it can leave a residual smell / taste but this is easily negated by a rinse with water and a further blast with the burners when you replace the grates.

If your porcelain enamel grill grates are at the end of their life then you can replace them with type 304 stainless steel replacement grill grates which will never rust and extend the life of barbecue grill for many years to come.

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May 26, 2012
Why Porcelain anyway?
by: Anonymous

The idea of having to scrub a grill after each use is absurd! Wire racks have always worked great, in backyards, campgrounds, etc. and no one considered running them through a dishwasher. We bought a fancy porcelain grill and now we avoid using it because of the need to clean after each use. I'm buying a new Weber!

May 22, 2010
Cleaning porcelian grill in dishwahser
by: Anonymous


FYI ? Cleaning a porcelain coated grill is messy work. I am too lazy to use most recommended methods, such as the one you posted on your web site.

I put my grill in the dishwasher and replace the dishwasher soap, which is too abrasive, with ½ cup of vinegar. The vinegar cuts the grease and the very hot oscillating water cleans the grill without any brushing.

I clean my grill after each use. I grill or smoke 3 to 4 times a week in the summer. After a year, the porcelain grill has maintained its looks and non-stick properties.

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