How to clean a BBQ

Keeping your BBQ clean isn’t easy or a job many want to do.

BBQ’s come in all shapes and sizes, and are made from cast iron, stainless steel and other metals. Cleaning them is not easy if left for too long. It’s best to try to clean your BBQ after each use or to make it a habit once-a-month.

Here is some advice that will help you get your BBQ clean again.

If you have a catchment tray, remove it first from the barbecue and scrape away the excess fat. Thoroughly wash the tray in hot soapy water. You should wear dishwashing gloves when doing this as it will allow you to use hotter water, which will cut through the grease and fat. Consider spraying the tray with a degreaser before washing.

Next, wash your grill and hot plate. Scrape away any excess fat and cooked on food. Then thoroughly wash the grill and hotplate in hot soapy water. Make sure you wash both sides of the grills to get rid of any fat that might have dripped underneath. And again use a degreaser beforehand if the grime is baked on hard.

Before putting the grills back, give the barbecue itself a good clean with hot soapy water and a soft scouring pad. Check underneath as hot fat has a way of leaking into all sorts of hard to reach places.

Wipe the grill plates dry, preferably with a paper towel you can then dispose of in the rubbish or fire. Then to protect them, spray both sides of the grill with canola oil. Put the grills and tray back in the barbecue.

You may not be aware, but you can add a fat absorber to your fat collection tray. Line the drip tray with aluminium foil and put some fat absorber in the tray. The absorbers collect fat and can prevent fat fires from occurring. Place the tray back under the grills and remember to change the fat absorber after no more than ten barbecues.

Wipe any external areas clean, as the better you take care of your barbecue the more years of healthy cooking you’ll enjoy.