Barbecue cleaning can be a tricky operation and it requires a number of specialist materials – always remember to check the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions to avoid damage to your BBQ.
You will need the following items:
- Barbecue cleaner (though at a push, any all-purpose spray cleaner will do).
- A bucket of soapy water
- Pumice stone or an oven scraper to remove burnt-on ash
- A pressure washer (optional extra)
Remember: BBQ cleaning can be a dirty business. Always, be sure to protect your hands and clothes, and read the safety instructions of any detergent that you use.
Cleaning the Inside of a BBQ
- Remove the grill, soak it for some time in the hot soapy water, and then scrub it down as you would a kitchen grill, using washing up liquid.
- Dump out any loose ash and waste from the inside of the barbecue.
- If your barbecue uses ‘lava rocks’ or ‘ceramic coals’, let them soak for a few minutes in the bucket of soapy water, before letting them dry out. This will ensure they can be re-used while causing minimal extra mess.
Ideally, you should clean your barbecue directly after use when it is still somewhat warm (but not hot!), and ash and grease deposits can be easily loosened and removed. If this is not possible, there are a couple of tactics you can use: