As I was prepping my pellet grill yesterday to cook up a chicken kabob for lunch, it got me thinking. Aluminum foil is my friend. I realized just how much I use it, and how much it helps with cleaning and sanitation when it comes to grilling and BBQ’ing.
First, I always wrap my trip tray in heavy duty aluminum foil. This is key to keeping it clean, and makes for easy cleanup after a long cook. I just take the old foil off and change it for a new layer. I also highly recommend using heavy duty foil, the regular stuff will just tear and cause more of a headache than it helps.
I also realized that I foil my baking sheet where I will put my raw meat to season before it goes on the grill. Then I switch out that foil for a clean piece and then I can put my cooked food on there once it’s done. I go through so much foil I should should start looking at Costco or Sams Club to buy it.
I mentioned that heavy duty is great for the drip tray, but honestly, it’s great for everything. Regular foil is fine if you are trying to cover up a dish or something, but if you are trying to keep your cookie sheets from getting dirty, than I recommend using heavy duty on them too. The reason being is that when you use tongs or even a spatula to get the food on/off the tray, there is a very strong chance you will tear the “normal” foil, and then your sheet is dirty. If you use heavy duty, it can hold up to those metal utensils.
So the moral of this long, drawn out story, is that aluminum foil is your friend, and it’s uses during your outdoor grill/BBQ session are endless. Don’t fight it, embrace the foil.
Do you have any tips/tricks to keep your grill session clean? If so, we would love to hear it.