If there is one thing that Australians love, it’s barbequing. Friends and family come together on the balcony, garden or in the park to make fun and belly-filling memories. But there is a downside, cleaning the grease and grime from the grill. Grilling on a dirty barbeque isn’t just nasty, it’s a health hazard. The number one cause of flare-ups when cooking with a dirty BBQ is the built-up grease and food particles. Also, a grimy cooking surface gives your food an unpleasant flavour that can ruin your grilling experience. No worries though, we’ve created a list of simple tips on how to clean a BBQ.
Cleaning a BBQ is a straightforward process; follow these steps:
- Open up the grill and remove all the parts. If you have a gas grill, make sure that you disconnect the gas before opening it up.
- Clean the trays
- Clear the burner tubes (for a gas grill)
- Clean the interior before putting back the racks
- Apply oil to the grill plates to keep them in good condition
- Put fat absorber to the drip tray to collect fat and prevent fat fires.
- Clean the outside of the barbeque
Now that we have the steps to follow check out these hacks to keep your grill sparkling clean.
How to Clean a Barbeque with Vinegar
Vinegar, especially white table vinegar, is essential for cleaning your barbeque grill.
- Pour two cups of water and two cups of white vinegar into a spray bottle and shake to mix them.
- Spray the mixture on the grills and in areas covered with grease.
- Let the solution sit for about ten minutes.
- Empty the water and white vinegar mixture into a bowl and refill the spray bottle with vinegar. Spray the vinegar to a piece of aluminium foil and use it to give the grills one last scrub.
You can use the water and white vinegar mixture to clean the outside of the grill. Clean the exterior of the BBQ with cotton cloth but don’t spray the mixture directly on the grill, spray it on the cloth and work on the BBQ. Dip a cotton swab in the mixture and use it to clean the hard to reach places.
Deep Cleaning a BBQ with Vinegar & Baking soda
If your BBQ is choked in grime and grease, deep clean it with white vinegar and baking soda. How? Just follow these simple steps:
- Take out the grills and put them in a large plastic bag.
- Mix one cup of vinegar and half a cup of baking soda in a bowl.
- Pour the mixture on the grills inside the plastic bag and leave it overnight.
- Rinse the grills first thing in the morning to get rid of the loosened grease.
How to Clean a BBQ with Steam
Cleaning a BBQ with a household steam cleaner is easy and takes less time than removing the grills and scrubbing them by hand.
- Clear the steam from the steam cleaner by pushing the “steam” button down.
- Attach the grill brush to the steam nozzle. If your steam cleaner doesn’t have a steam brush add-on, you can use the grill brush in one hand and hold the steam cleaner with the other.
- Fill a measuring cup with 160ml of water and pour it into the water hole of the steam cleaner.
- Clear the charcoal and food remnants from the grill. If it’s a gas BBQ, disconnect it from the gas tank.
- Connect the steam cleaner to an electrical outlet. Once the steamer is ready, work on the grills, the walls, burners, and the top cover.
- Steam and scrub the grills to loosen the debris.
- Unplug the steamer after cleaning all areas of the grill.
Cleaning a BBQ with a Wire Bristle Grill Brush
A brass bristled grill brush is perfect for cleaning a porcelain coated grill rack. If you don’t have a grill brush, fold aluminium foil into a ball and use it to scrub the grill. Wash the racks with hot soapy water and a dishcloth after scrubbing to get rid of the food particles and grease.
If you still can’t get all the dirt out, substitute the hot soapy water with a household cleaner. Buy a household cleaner that is good for your barbeque.
If your grill has stainless steel grates, you will notice stubborn carbon stains that will not come off with regular brushing. Use a wire brush and household cleaner to clean the stains.
How to Clean a BBQ with Coffee
Having some coffee in the morning is the best way to start your day off right but did you know that you can use this beverage to clean your BBQ?
Coffee is good on your grill grates – the acidic nature of coffee loosens the grease on mildly dirty grills.
Cleaning a BBQ with coffee is easy, brew some coffee and pour it in a basin. Soak the grill grates, grilling utensils and oven burners in the coffee and let them sit for one hour.
Scrub and rinse with warm water and your grill grates should be sparkling.
Cleaning a BBQ with Baking Soda
Take out the grates and sprinkle some baking soda on them. Work on the grills using a scouring pad until they sparkle. You can also dip the scouring pad into some baking soda and scrub the racks until they’re clean. Rinse them off with warm water and your BBQ is spotless and ready for the next grill party.
Use Beer for Cleaning a BBQ
Warm the grill and pour half a bottle of beer on the grates and scrub with a wire brush or scrubber.
Clean the Base
If you have a traditional grill, remove the leftover charcoal and ash before cleaning. Save the charcoal for future use and empty the ash into a bucket for disposal. Clean the base with warm soapy water.
Scrub the Outside
Turn your attention to the outside of the grill after cleaning the inside. You can use stainless steel wipes to clean the outside or hot soapy water.
Heat the grill
Once you complete cleaning, heat the BBQ for about twenty minutes to burn off all the cleaning agents that might affect the taste of your food.
Don’t Forget the Rust
You should watch out for rust if you’re using a cast iron grill. The rust can eat through the iron and cut short the life of your grill. Don’t allow rust to build up by trying one of these cleaning options:
- Baking Soda Paste: make a thick paste of baking soda and apply on the areas with rust build-up. Let the solution sit for about two hours then clean the paste using a scrubber.
- Vinegar: apply white vinegar to the rusty surface and scrub with steel wool at full strength. Keep scrubbing until there’s no more rust.
- Salt Paste: if you’re struggling to get all the rust out, mix kosher salt and water to make a thick paste. Apply the solution to the stubborn rust and scrub away. Once you clean the top layers of the rust, switch to the less abrasive baking soda paste.
Prevent Future Build-up
Certain practices prevent the build-up of dirt and grease from forming. One effective method is to apply cooking oil on the grill before you start cooking.
Onions are great for quick cleaning before using the grill. If your barbeque grill is not too meat-intensive or it’s not caked in grease and grime, you can clean it using onions.
Cut an onion in two and stick it with a fork. Rub the moist side of the onion on the hot grills to clean the dirt and grime. The onion releases moisture that breaks down stubborn grease and dirt.
Call the Professionals
Cleaning a BBQ is not the most exciting task to do, but if you plan on cooking on the grill, you must get it cleaned. If you cannot DIY, you can hire a barbeque cleaner to get the job done. There are reliable BBQ cleaners near you who will scrub your BBQ and leave it in the best steak-grilling condition.
FAQs on How to Clean a BBQ
How often should you clean a BBQ grill?
You should clean the BBQ after every use. Close the lid and preheat the grill for about twenty minutes and brush the grates with a stainless-steel brush. If you use a charcoal grill, you should clean it at least once every two grilling sessions.
How do you maintain a grill?
Cleaning is the only way to keep your grill in good grilling shape. Clean the inside and outside and don’t forget the rust.
Can I cook on a rusty BBQ?
The rust on your grill sticks to the food and the more you eat, the higher the chance that you’ll develop an intestinal tract problem. Clean the rust using baking soda, vinegar or salt paste.