- Blast the interior of the barbecue with a pressure washer.
- For lidded barbecues, moisten an old newspaper and place it inside the barbecue. Replace the lid, and apply a gentle heat underneath. This can generally be achieved with a couple of small pieces of lighted wood, but make sure the paper inside does not catch fire – this will only add to your problems!
The grime on the inside should have loosened and now you can set about removing it:
- Using your pumice stone or scraper, gently but firmly go over the inside, making sure to remove all of the tough dirt. If the barbecue is enamel-coated, be extra careful not scrub too hard, as this will damage the integrity of the material.
- Shake out or remove the dislodged dirt.
- Using your BBQ cleaner, thoroughly sluice down the inside of the barbecue.
- Use a bleach spray like Domestos to sanitise the grill and utensils you used. Rinse clean.
Do not expect the area where the coals sit to get perfectly clean – some permanent damage will always develop here. Just make sure it is free of any obvious removable waste material.
Cleaning the outside of a BBQ
Any guide on how to clean a BBQ would not be complete without reference to cleaning the outside. This is pretty easy to deal with:
- Wipe down the outside of the BBQ with a moist cloth and if anything is stuck to the surface, consider using a solution of baking-soda and warm water to remove it.
- If your barbecue’s exterior surface is made of stainless steel, think about wiping it down with oil to weather-seal it.
With these tips and techniques you’re now all ready for BBQ season, weather permitting!