Simple Guide For Cleaning a Weber Q BBQ

Keeping your Weber Q clean ensures that it continues to function well and looks fantastic.

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Grease may build up on your BBQ and be difficult to remove if left unattended for an extended period of time.

Your Weber Q just requires basic maintenance on a regular basis.

Here are the key steps:


Before you cook, give your Weber Q a quick clean to remove any residue from the last meal you cooked, ensuring that it does not wind up on your food.

This should be done either before or after each usage. Any mess will be easy to clean up as long as the grill bars remain hot.

Preheat the grill for 10-15 minutes before cleaning it. Brush the grates with a clean stainless steel brush once they’ve been warmed.

The heat ensures that any stuck-on food or oil is readily scraped away.

After brushing the grate of your BBQ, wipe it clean with a clean damp cloth or wet paper towel held in a pair of tongs (you don’t want to get your hands near the heated cast iron grates).

A stainless steel brush is affordable and makes barbecue cleaning a breeze. Each season, or when the bristles get damaged or clogged, these brushes should be changed.

It’s advised that you remove the Weber Q’s grates every 5 or so uses and wash them in a hot water and detergent mixture. This eliminates any residue and ensures that the undersides of the grill plates are also clean.

Other Grill Cleaning Tips: Re-oil the grills every now and again by removing them from the Weber and liberally spraying them with oil. Reposition the steaks on the grill and cook on low for 5-10 minutes.

After oiling the grates, heating the grill helps to re-seal them.

Burner Tubes

Because food particles and dirt can fall into the burner tubes, a monthly clean is all that is required to keep them running at their best.

Remove the grates and set them aside once the Weber Q has cooled.

After that, lightly brush the tubes with a clean stainless steel brush (one that hasn’t been used on the cooking grate) to remove any oil and debris.

If any of the holes in the burner tube get blocked, use the point of a metal paper clip to clean them out.

This short brush ensures that the gas and flame are equally dispersed throughout the burner tube. The grill tube only needs to be cleaned every 5 usage.

Cook Box

The Cook Box is the grill’s bowl, and it’s where a lot of the fat and food scraps go if they don’t wind up in the drip pan.

A build-up of fat in the bowl might provide a fire hazard, therefore it’s important to keep it clean.

Using a plastic scraper (a plastic putty knife) to scrape the interior of the grill is the finest way to clean it.

There’s no need for water or cleanser; simply use the plastic spatula to push everything down into the drip pan’s entrance.

This procedure is simple, quick, and efficient. Every 5 usage, the bowl should be cleaned in this manner.

You may also use a scraper to clean the interior of the lid and wipe it down with a towel.

After you’ve used your Weber for a while, the interior of the lid will show indications of usage, so don’t expect it to appear brand new. It’s preferable to attack any loose material with the scraper and then wipe it away.

Drip Pan

You may now remove the drip tray and discard it after cleaning the inside of the BBQ. This is the grease-collecting foil pan that lies below the grill.

This should be replenished as needed; if it becomes full, simply take it out and replace it. Before firing up the grill, make sure this tray is empty.

Drip pans are inexpensive and easy to replace, therefore cleaning away the grease in order to reuse the pan is pointless.


A moist towel may be used to wipe off the outside of your Weber Q. If at all possible, avoid allowing fat or food to dry on the lid, since this can cause it to bake on and become extremely difficult to clean.

Instead, wipe the lid clean with a moist cloth after each use. If necessary, a non-caustic cleaning agent can be used to maintain the lid looking new.


Cleaning your BBQ is easy if you follow these simple steps:

When the grill is hot, scrape it clean (this can be done before or after cooking).

Before using the Weber Q, check the drip tray and replace it if necessary.

Wipe the interior and exterior of the lid clean to avoid any fat or food droplets from baking on.

Every 5 Cooks

  • In a basin of hot water and detergent, wash the grates.
  • Clean the burner tubes with a brush and use a paper clip or pin to clear the holes.
  • Scrape any mess from the Weber Q bowl with a disposable spatula.
  • After cleaning your Weber Q, check the drip pan and replace it if required.

Additional Maintenance Suggestions

  • Replace your cleaning brush every season or when the bristles begin to clog or show signs of wear.
  • Oil the grates on a regular basis. Fire the grates on a low heat for 5-10 minutes after spraying them with oil to reseal them.
  • Check for symptoms of rust on your grill and keep it as shielded from the environment as possible.
  • When cleaning your Weber grill, avoid using strong chemicals since they might cause more harm than good.
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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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