Summer is the time for garden parties and barbecue dinners! Grilling is a great way to prepare your food! It is fast, easy, and there are almost no pots and pans to clean after you finish preparing the meal and you don’t have to scrub the barbecue after every cooking.
However your grill needs to be cleaned every now and then to remove burnt food residues and old grease. We know that a lot of people postpone cleaning the barbecue, because it can be a daunting task, especially if it hasn’t been done in a while. This is why we decided to share with you how to deal with this task with almost no efforts.
6 Steps to Impeccably Clean BBQ
The beginning of summer is the perfect time to deep clean your barbecue. You can apply this 6-step procedure whether your grill runs on gas, electricity or charcoal.
Here are the cleaning supplies you will need:
- Latex gloves
- Metal wire sponge/coarse brush
- Dishwashing detergent
- De-greasing cleaner (optional)
- Vegetable oil
1st Step: Heat and Cool the Barbecue
Heat the BBQ on maximum temperature. Put the lid on for 15 minutes. This way the food residues will burn out and the cleaning will be easier. Extinguish/ turn off the heat and wait until the grill cools down completely.
2nd Step: Soak the Grate
Put thick latex gloves before you start cleaning. Take the coarse brush (or a metal wire sponge if you have one) and thoroughly scrub off the food residues and burnt grease.
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3rd Step: Clean the Grilling Grate
Prepare suds using hot water and 1 tbsp. dishwashing detergent and pour it in a suitable container, where they can fit. Plastic basin, or a deep baking tray – would be perfect. Kitchen sink can also ne a good option, if the grid can fit in. Take the grate off the grill and put them in the soapy water to soak for 20-30 minutes. Take a kitchen sponge and scrub off the last remaining food residues and grease. Rinse the grate with lukewarm water and dry them.
4th Step: Protect Your Barbecue from Rust
After grilling grid has dried, dip a small piece of old cloth in vegetable oil and apply a thin layer of grease on it. This will protect the metal and prevent rust. Vegetable oil will also stop your next meal of sticking to the grate.
5th Step: Take Care for the Lid
After every use there usually are small grease splashes left on the lid of the grill. Put a few drops of strong dishwashing liquid on a sponge and clean the grease. ‘Rinse’ the lid, using clean wet cloth.
6th Step: Clean the Grill Tray
Most barbecue grills have drip trays to collect grease from the food and ash for the charcoal ones. The best way to maintain your BBQ is to clean them after every use. After you are done cooking, wait until the grill cools down. Take out the tray and empty the grease into a can – pouring the grease into the sink can clog the drains. Prepare suds and pour it into the tray. Let it soak for 10-20 minutes, scrub with a sponge and rinse.
Clean the Burners of Your Gas Grill
This last step applies for gas powered barbecues only. To ensure the smooth work of the grill, you will need to clean the burners from time to time. Remove the bars, and then the burners’ lids and scrape off burnt food residues and grease. Use a pin to remove stuck food chunks.
If you have to deal with stubborn old grease stains on your grill you can use strong degreasing product. Just make sure to rinse very well after strong degreaser. However, if you clean your barbecue regularly dishwashing detergent should be enough to deal with food and grease stains.
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