Cue & A: I haven’t cleaned underneath my grill grates in a while, and they’re pretty grimy and sticky. Is it safe to use chemical cleaners to remove all the gunk?

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Husband-and-wife team Bill and Barbara Milroy, chefs and owners of Texas Rib Rangers Products, are spilling their secrets—just for you. Read on for their unique ideas, tried-and-true tips and, of course, insightful information when it comes to grilling.

Q. I haven’t cleaned underneath my grill grates in a while, and they’re pretty grimy and sticky. Is it safe to use chemical cleaners to remove all the gunk?

A. Cleaning the grill can be a bit of a job, but we’d advise against using chemical cleaners. Just get a good fire going in the grill, and let it do the hard work; the fire will loosen up the grime on the grates. Then finish off the job by using a wire brush to scrape the grates.

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