This weekend I wanted to grill out, but guess who forgot to clean up her grill grate from last fall. Yep. I was met with a baked on caked on mess I had completely forgotten about.

Here's how to clean a very dirty grill grate.

First, I tried to scrub off what I could before placing the nasty grate into a sink full of hot sudsy water. I used Dawn dish soap because it's great at eating away greasy gunk.

Next, I soaked it for about two hours. I came back and used a plastic scrubby to try to clean it off. It took some off but it was still pretty gross looking.

Third, I filled the sink again with hot sudsy Dawn water and left the grate to soak over night.

This is what it looked like after soaking.

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Looks a lot better.

Last, as you can see in the picture above, I used a stainless steel scrubbing pad and major elbow grease on the grate and the result is the following picture.

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Whew! That was a bit of a work out but now it's clean and ready to.

Note to self: Next time don't forget to clean it off after use.  Two, use nonstick cooking spray to keep it from getting gunky. Gross! What a pain and I have only myself to blame.

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