Gabriel Woods
Published by Gabriel Woods
Last Updated On: March 11, 2022

Nothing is worse than taking out a dirty and rusty grill brush and trying to scrape the grill grates. Those filthy brush bristles are useless when it’s time to freshen up your grill. At Carnivore Style, we agree that a proper grill brush is essential for grill cleaning, but certainly not one filled with rust.

We decided to bring you a quick guide on how to maintain your favorite BBQ grill brush.

When Should You Clean A Grill Brush

This may seem obvious, but a grill brush should be cleaned when covered in dirt and grime. When they get past the point of no return, then it’s time to toss them out. If your brush starts to rust, then we recommend getting a new one.

How To Clean A Grill Brush

cleaning gills using a brush

Step 1

We recommend that you purchase a second brush with stainless steel bristles.

Rub both of the brushes together with the bristles facing each other to dislodge any large food particles or debris.

Use full force to remove the debris, but don’t damage the bristles.

Step 2

Get a bucket and fill it up with soapy water. Put both of your wire brushes into the water and let them soak for a few minutes. Scrub the wire bristles against each other for a few minutes with water and soap to loosen up any oil particles.

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General Care Tips For Grill Brushes

Tip #1: Stainless steel brushes won’t rust like a brass brush, but some of the bristles might fall out. With these brushes, you can buy a special stainless steel cleaning product to maintain the bristles. Make sure you use one that is safe for grilling.

Tip #2: While cleaning, most brushes are used against cast-iron grates. The abrasive properties can cause your BBQ brush to become warped or damaged while cleaning. You can use a piece of crumpled up aluminum foil to pre-clean your grill rack before you use your brush.

Tip #3: You should always store your BBQ grilling brush in a cool and dry place. Don’t just leave it outside, like some people do, once you are done grilling. We recommend storing it inside with other utensils.

Tip #4: You don’t always have to do a deep cleaning, but we recommend that you always do a quick cleaning after using your brush. We recommend rinsing it off thoroughly to remove any BBQ sauce or charred meat. This will help preserve the bristles for much longer.

Tip #5: Before you brush off your BBQ grill racks, we recommend setting your grill to its maximum temperature with the lid closed for 10 or 15 minutes. This will burn off any excess BBQ food pieces.


At Carnivore Style, our goal is to help you maintain safe grill equipment. If you use a dirty brush, your meat will taste different, and your grill won’t last as long. We put our heads together to bring you a quick and easy guide for maintaining your grill brushes.

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