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How To Clean A BBQ (Grates, Exterior, Burners)

It’s important to clean your barbecue regularly, especially during the summer months when it’s in use more often.

Regular cleaning will help you to maintain the quality of your barbecue and extend its life.

Here are some tips for how to do just that.

Clean Grates With Foil 

The best way to clean a barbecue grill is to do it immediately after cooking. Remember to let the grates cool down slightly before scrubbing them.

The best tool for this job is a BBQ grill brush. However, if you don’t have one of these aluminium foil works very well as an alternative.

Take a large piece of aluminium foil and scrunch it into a ball. Use this to scrub the grate free of any debris, making sure both sides are cleaned thoroughly.

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If you clean the grill soon after using it, removing any burnt meat or bits of charcoal while they are still fresh, it should be an easy job.

Follow this approach every time you use your BBQ and it will stay in good condition and will always be ready for cooking.

This video shows you how to clean a grate with foil:

Clean Grates With Baking Soda 

If you haven’t cleaned your barbecue grill in a while, you’ll want to give it a good scrubbing. Mix together about ¼ cup baking soda and ¼ cup water to make a paste, then apply it to the grate.

Let it sit for half an hour, then scrub it off with a wire grill brush. Repeat the process if you need to, but you shouldn’t have to do it more than twice. 

If your grill is especially dirty, apply oven cleaner and let it soak overnight.

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Clean The Exterior 

Clean the outside of a barbeque by washing it with dishwashing liquid and warm water. Scrub down the outside of your grill with a damp sponge, cleaning away any grease clumps that may be stuck to the underside.

You may be tempted to use an abrasive cleaner, but this can ruin the stainless steel exterior of your barbecue. Therefore, it’s best to stick with dishwashing liquid.

Don’t Polish 

It’s best not to use any polish or stainless steel cleaner on the barbecue once you’ve cleaned it. The metal parts will get hot while you’re using them and leave a strange coating that looks terrible.

As long as you keep the exterior clean and free of rust, it will look great. There is no need for polish. 

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Clean The Interior, Flame Tamers, Burners, Venturi Tubes 

To clean your flame tamers, first use a dry wire brush to remove any bits of food. Then wipe them off with a cloth or paper towel.

The burners should be cleaned with a wire brush to remove any food particles.

Burn off food build-up on ceramic cooktops by turning the flame on for ten minutes. Allow them to cool before using tweezers to pick off any remaining pieces of food.

It is recommended that the venturi tubes be cleaned with warm water and soap. To make sure there is no grease clogging them, remove them from the barbeque and run a hose through them to wash away any built-up grime or residue.

Make sure water comes out from all the holes. Allow them to fully dry before replacing them in the BBQ.

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Steve Kropp

Based in Melbourne, Steve's passion is vegetable gardening, and he’s been writing about it for almost 5 years. He also loves all things DIY and is always looking for a new project. When not working on his own garden projects or blogging, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, cooking meals with produce harvested from his garden, and coaching his son’s footy team.

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