With the sun finally coming out, there’s no better time to dig out the barbecue and welcome the warmer weather with a party. But after multiple uses over the previous summer, and then a winter of lurking in the shed, your grill isn’t necessarily going to be at its best. Fortunately, cleaning it (even after months of neglect) need not be a daunting task – just follow these simple steps, and your grill will be grime-free and ready to go.
Steps 1-3: How to a clean BBQ grill
Be careful to follow the manufacturers’ suggestions when choosing a cleaning method and products – every barbecue is different, although most should follow a similar outline as the guide below. It goes without saying that you should always leave your barbecue a decent amount of time to cool down before cleaning it.
1) With the grill in place, get your barbecue to full heat. If you have a gas barbecue, that just means turning the heat on full. For a charcoal barbecue, throw in fresh coals and wait for them to reach a red-hot temperature.
2) Put the lid on, and leave it for 15-20 minutes. This bakes off – carbonizes – grime and food particles, making cleaning BBQ grill parts easier.
3) Wait for the barbecue to cool down, and then scrub the bars with a steel brush. Make sure to angle the brush into awkward corners.
Steps 4-6: How to deep-clean BBQ grills
If you’ve used your barbecue recently, you won’t need to do much more. Once a month, however, it’s worth doing a really thorough scrub to ensure you have a really clean BBQ grill. Here’s how:
4) Having used the baking-off method above (and after waiting for everything to cool down – accidentally barbecuing your fingers is a bad idea), remove the grills.
5) Using warm soapy water, wash the bars. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or tools that could damage the grill. There are some products specifically designed for cleaning barbeques, and some general multipurpose cleaners which work wonderfully, but it’s worth checking the manufacturer’s guidelines. Test any cleaning solution on a small area first to ensure you’re using a grill-friendly product.
6) Rinse and dry them immediately, then rub on a light cover of vegetable oil to prevent rusting.
This helpful video will guide you through the process of deep-cleaning your BBQ grill: