Best Ways to Clean Your BBQ Grill
With the festive season right around the corner (and the weather starting to heat up), there’s no better time of year to prime your BBQ grill for plenty of outdoor cooking and entertaining in summer.
In your grill’s ‘off-season’, when it isn’t in frequent use, it’s wise to give it a good clean at least once every three months. However, when you start to use it more often in summer months, you should give it a thorough clean more regularly.
So without further ado, it’s time to get your hands dirty. Here are some of the most effective ways to clean your BBQ grill.
Invest in quality grill cleaning equipment
Your cleaning job will only be as good as your tools, so make sure you own a few quality pieces of equipment before you get started. Consider investing in a grill brush, a set of BBQ wipes, a BBQ scraper and any other cleaning agents you deem necessary.
Burn the grill at a high temperature
Fire up your grill and let it heat up to its hottest temperature, leaving it for about 30 minutes. Doing so will help singe any stuck food or grease, and will make it simpler to wipe any excess gunk away before you start your deep clean.
After you’ve done this, if you have a gas grill, don’t forget to turn off the gas supply and disconnect the gas fitting before moving on to the next steps in the cleaning process.
Soak and scrub
Depending on the cleaning solution you use (a vinegar solution of one-part white vinegar to two cups water is a popular choice), leave it to soak before you scrub your grill with a specialty BBQ brush. Once clean, rinse with water and dry your grill with paper towels. If you spot any additional grime, grease or food, repeat the process. Make sure you disassemble all parts of your BBQ in this process so you don’t miss any crevices – this includes its grates and metal plates underneath the hotplates.
Oil your hotplates
After you’ve dried off your hotplates, turn on your BBQ give them a light spritz with some household cooking oil. This can help prevent rusting in the future. Leave your oiled grill on for a few minutes, then turn it off and, once cool, wipe off the layer of oil.
Give it a final wipe down and some finishing touches. Once you’ve cleaned and wiped down the interior of your BBQ grill, don’t forget to give its exterior some attention. If the outside of your grill is stainless steel, it may be worth investing in a specialty cleaning product – otherwise, a vinegar or dish soap solution will work just fine. You can use a household sponge or sterile wipe to do this, just be sure to dry the surfaces quickly to avoid water stains.
If you are looking for more helpful tips to keep your home cooking appliances clean, look no further. Read more on how to keep your new gas connection for your gas stove clean.