- Onions: You can cut them in half and use the onion with a set of tongs to clean your hot grill. The acid in the onion loosens and removes most of the residues on your grates but doesn’t work as well as a brush. However it works well enough. It also helps season your grates with a little onion flavor. There’s also a BBQ accessory called the Grillion that you can get to make you cleaning with onion easier.
- Crumpled up foil in a ball: Crumpling tinfoil into a ball and rubbing it around the grill with a pair of tongs works fairly well as well. The bonus is that most BBQers always have tin foil around.
- Wooden Scrapers: The wooden scrapper’s works extremely well for cleaning your grill it quickly conform to the cooking grates over time. It’s very effective and it pretty much works like a paint scraper and pretty much gets the side of the grates as well. They are pretty cheap to get but must be replaced after a while of heavy use.
- Bristleless brush: These brushes are made from 2 galvanized steel springs that are twisted to form a continual spiral which eliminates the threat of bristles breaking free. Works good but takes considerably more pressure and scraping to get the job done.
- Grillstone cleaning blocks: These are made from recycled glass and look like pumice stones. These are very good at getting tough deposits off cooking grates and will conform to the pattern of the grill grates but take a while to conform to the grates.
Epidemiology of Wire-Bristle Grill Brush Injury in the United States, 2002-2014