Summer – our favourite time of year! The sun’s out and the days are longer! And with the arrival of the sunshine-season, comes the opportunity to socialise outside and fire up the BBQ! But after months of being out of action, your barbecue’s probably not ready to char those sausages and burgers to perfection just yet. Have no fear! With a bit of elbow grease, you can get it back to its former glory in no time. Take a look at our fool proof guide on how to clean a BBQ ready for warm alfresco dinners and summer family get-togethers.
How to clean a BBQ grill
Cleaning a BBQ grill isn’t the easiest job. It’s not the most pleasant, either. However, once it’s done, it’s much easier to keep on top of throughout the summer. Follow these tips every time your BBQ needs a spruce up:
Step 1: Fill an empty spray bottle with 2 cups of lukewarm water and 2 cups of white vinegar. Mix it and spray it all over the grill before scrubbing it with a wire brush.
Step 2: If your barbecue grill looks extra greasy, it will need a more thorough clean. You can do this by mixing 1 cup of vinegar with ½ a cup of baking soda and pouring it into a durable refuse sack. Then, place the grill inside, close it up, and let the mixture get to work overnight. In the morning, the grease and dirt will simply wipe straight off.
Top tip: Once you’ve cleaned your BBQ grill, keep rust at bay by wiping it down with a fine layer of olive oil.
How to clean a gas BBQ
The good news is that cleaning a gas BBQ is a little easier than scrubbing a traditional charcoal grill – which is probably part of the reason why you bought one in the first place, right? But to keep enjoying it for as long as possible, you’ll need to clean it regularly after using it.
Before cleaning your gas BBQ, remove all detachable parts, including the grate and metal plates, and disconnect the gas. This is really important to make things safe for you while you clean. Then, follow these steps:
Step 1: Brush the cooking grate to remove lingering food debris and spray it with a little Elbow Grease. Leave the solution to get to work for 30 minutes, then scrub it off using the abrasive side of a scourer. Next, rinse the grate with warm water and let it air dry.
Step 2: Next, wipe down the cookbox, drip tray and heat pads with a clean sponge or cloth. If they’re really dirty, use the same grease-cutting cleanser and rinse them with warm water. Remember not to let any water splash onto the burner tubes, though, or they may get clogged and stop working.
Step 3: Let your barbecue dry completely before putting it back together. Finish by spraying the grate with a non-stick spray and start thinking about what you’re going to cook!
Right, now who fancies a BBQ?!
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