What is the easiest way to clean the ceramic briquettes used in a gas grill? This is my first year using them, and I've never cleaned them before. They really need it!
I would just fire up the grill and burn them off...just like a self cleaning oven.
The whole idea of grilling is easy clean up...just burn off, and brass brush those grates and burners..that's is about it.
As stated above, with maybe one extra step if you want to get them clean. Normally I would turn the grill on high for about 20 minutes and burn most of the stuff off. About every 2 or 3 months I will take them out after a burn and brush them off with a stiff brush along with the tray that holds the ceramics in place.
I think these R the white flat ones and not the Lava Rocks? I had these on a indoor grill in my kitchen. I would spray them with Easy Off oven cleaner and then run them though my dishwasher in one of those mesh bags in which U purchase onions or potatoes. Just B sure that U have set your control to air dry and not the heated dry. The bag will melt. After several years I just purchased smoker plate and did away with all of the cleaning. It just turns to white ash and is brushed off. U can run them through your dishwasher if U wish.
I've soaked 'em in a bucket of water and some simple green or other degreaser to get the crud off. Then put them back in the grill and put on high for 20-30 mins.
Also, they're not terribly expensive, so it might be worth the $10-15 for a new set to save yourself the hassle of cleaning.