For those of us who diligently clean our BBQs after each delicious cook up, we have no doubt that you’ve already mastered the art of keeping your BBQ grill looking as shiny and as fresh as the day you picked it up from your local garden centre.
But for those of us who admit to being slightly less diligent – skipping a few cleaning sessions that usually result in an unsightly build-up of leftover grease, food and your favourite honey-based marinade sticking to your grill, we thought we’d share some handy ways to keep your BBQ grill looking great, keeping you healthy and helping your BBQ last for (hopefully) years.
ON THE BBQ: The Onion Method
Most people suggest that the easiest way to clean any BBQ grill is when there’s still a little bit of heat from your BBQ. So, as soon as you’ve removed your t-bone steak, or chutney-marinated vegetable skewers from the grill, and you’re pouring the final round of drinks before sitting down to eat, grab a peeled onion that’s been cut in half, stick it on the end of a fork, and rub it over the hot grill bars. The onion’s natural juices break down grease and, together with the heat, creates a great organic steam-cleaning solution to remove any stuck-on food residue.
ON THE BBQ: The Vinegar Method
If you’ve read some of our previous tips on DIY oven cleaning, you’ll know that a favourite go-to when it comes to de-greasing anything is a kitchen cupboard staple – vinegar. So, it’s not surprising that when it comes to cleaning your BBQ grill, the same applies. Grab a handy spray bottle and fill it with 2 cups of vinegar to 2 cups of lukewarm water, mixed together well. When you’ve finished cooking, simply spray your grill with the vinegar mixture and using a crumpled bit of aluminium foil or a wire brush, scrap your grill clean and rinse. To prevent the taste of vinegar from lingering (and potentially flavouring your next meal) just give it a rinse under some warm water.
OFF THE BBQ: The Vinegar and Baking Soda Method
If you have a particular grill that needs a thoroughly good clean, then give it a proper spruce up by letting it sit in a mixture of vinegar and baking soda overnight. Ensure that the grill is cold and then insert it into a large waterproof bag – a refuse bag would do the trick – and, mixing a cup of vinegar with half a cup of baking soda, pour or wipe the mixture onto the BBQ grill rack. Close the bag up and leave it to stand overnight. Rinse the grill off the next morning either with a garden hose or in the kitchen sink.
ON (OR OFF) THE BBQ: The Coca Cola or Beer Method
This may, to some, sound ludicrous; ludicrous at the thought of wasting a perfectly good beverage, not ludicrous at using it to clean something, but very few people know that Coca Cola and Beer (separately, not necessarily mixed together) can clean most things; from battered old coins to your favourite cooking pot. A great way to bring the shine back to copper, beer is also an easy solution to cleaning a greasy BBQ grill that needs its shine restored. So, either use it on a damp cloth to wipe down, or let your grill soak in some lager for a while. You’d be surprised at the results. Beer has also often been used to remove surface rust too!
PREVENTING RUST: Keeping your Iron Grill looking good!
Speaking of rust, if you’ve got an iron BBQ grill and you’re determined to keep the usual grill rust at bay, try giving your grill a quick wipe down with olive oil after you’ve cleaned it. Cleaning your grill removes grease and fats related to burnt food, but wiping a fine layer of olive oil on your grill afterward cleaning also keeps your iron grill looking great and rust-free – ready for your next BBQ!
Summertime is BBQ time – and as much as we love to spend time outdoors in our favourite pairs of shorts, the thought of spending hours scrubbing a dirty BBQ grill after entertaining, may not be so enticing! So, if your BBQ requires a little more than just a DIY spritz up, we’ve got the professional help you need. Get in touch with us today for a no obligation, professional BBQ (or oven!) cleaning quote.