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I may be an urban dweller forever resigned to living without a backyard, but I’ll readily admit that there are some things that do just taste better on the grill. From flank steak and grilled chicken kebabs to cauliflower steaks and eggplant caprese, the joys of savory, crisp-yet-tender meats and veggies are all I crave once warm weather arrives.
How to Clean a Grill Without a Wire Brush
According to a Tiktok tutorial from endlessly knowledgeable home cook Babs Costello, you don’t need a wire brush or grill scraper to clean your grates. Instead, simply use a halved large onion (any type will do) to scrub away any residual burnt bits from your grill. Here’s how Babs gets a clean and seasoned grill in just a few steps.
Babs also adds, “Instead of eating loose metal bristles, an onion will add a little flavor to your food!” Plus, if your wire brush is old, the bristles are more likely to break off and fall into the grill and/or on the grill grates. As someone who relishes the chance to enjoy dinner al fresco, I won’t pass up this cheap and easy way to keep (someone else’s) grill clean and give my outdoor meals an extra kick.