Your home tips: Ideas for making cleaning the barbecue easier

CLEAN: A few simple tasks will keep your barbecue in good working order, ready for next season.
CLEAN: A few simple tasks will keep your barbecue in good working order, ready for next season.

With summer approaching and outdoor entertaining back on the agenda, it’s a good time to pull out your barbecue and give it a good clean.

Here are a few tips to keep your barbecue in great condition:

  • While the barbecue is still warm from your last use, scrape off all the larger bits of food. Try spraying with cooking oil and then turn it up high for a few minutes to burn off all the excess.
  • Once it has cooled, mild soap or dishwashing liquid, and warm water should be all you need. Avoid harsh chemicals – they can leave a residue which can affect taste, as well as harm stainless steel.
  • For stubborn stains on stainless steel, rub only in the direction of the grain of the steel. Try to avoid abrasive scrubbers such as steel wool and wire brushes as they can contaminate the finish and encourage rust. Instead opt for the same brush you would use on your non-stick pans, or barbecue wipes. 
  • You can also put your grills and plates in your dishwasher, using the pots setting.
  • Rather than allowing your grill to drip dry, rinse off the soapy water then dry immediately.
  • Use a stainless steel polish to protect the plate from corrosion.
  • Clean out the drip tray and reline with aluminium foil, then cover with fat absorber. Do not use kitty litter or sand, as they may cause rusting or bad odours.
  • Before closing up the barbecue, lightly coat the cooking side of the grills and plate with canola oil or a cooking spray to prevent rusting. (Do not use olive oil, butter or margarine).
  • Don’t pull your barbecue completely apart. Try to keep the gas components in place because if you reassemble them incorrectly you are creating a safety hazard.
  • If the small burner holes are clogged, use a paper clip or small metal skewers to gently clean the blockage. Take care not to push it inside the burner.
  • Avoid high pressure washers  – they can drive grease into unwanted places, such as inside the burners. 

Ms Despina Sierra, product manager, cooking, BeefEater® Barbecues recommends adding some zest to the cleaning task.

She said to heat the grill up high then rub two halves of lemons dipped in salt into the grill surface. 

The acidity and abrasiveness in the salted lemons will break down any stubborn fat and grease.

This will help make light work of cleaning.

Next time you use your barbecue, pre-heat for at least 15 minutes.

This will let any residue burn off and to season the grill and plate.