If you haven't opened your BBQ since last summer, make sure it's in good shape before busting out the burgers tomorrow. Here's a quick refresher on how to clean a grill (and repair any small snafus).
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To clean a grill
in the most fuss-free possible, fire up the...oven. The metal cooking grates from your grill can benefit from your oven's self-cleaning cycle. Just lightly brush off any surface dirt from the grates (I like to use aluminum foil
wadded up into a ball) and place on top of your oven's racks. Then, turn your oven to self-clean. You'll walk away with clean grill grates (and a clean oven, too).
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