There’s nothing worse than opening up the barbecue to find the hotplate and grill are still encrusted with the greasy remnants of last summer’s meals.
Barbies should be cleaned after every use and deep-cleaned yearly.
To thoroughly clean it, first disconnect the gas and remove the grill and hotplate, then lay them on newspaper. Spray with barbecue or oven cleaner and leave for 10 minutes.
Use a wire brush and scraper to remove the debris, rinse with a hose, then dry off. Apply a coating of cooking oil to protect against rust.
While the grill and hotplate are off, take the time to clean the inside and inspect the burners, removing any debris blocking the jets. Empty the drip tray and refill it with grease absorber to prevent flare-ups.
Tools of the trade
The best way to make sure the barbecue is always fit to cook on is to give it a quick clean after every meal, not before. Cleaning when the hotplate is warm makes it easier to remove grime and helps maximise the life of your barbie.
Scrape the hotplate
After the barbecue has been switched off, use a scraper to remove fat and food particles from the hotplate. Scrub with a wire brush and warm soapy water to remove as much residue as possible, then dry with paper towel and spray with vegetable oil.
Rake the grill
It takes a lot of time and elbow grease to effectively remove all particles from the grill with a brush or scraper, so make it easier by using a grill rake.
The teeth are designed to fit perfectly between the grill bars, dislodging debris that other tools can’t reach.
Wipe it down
If the hotplate isn’t very dirty, a once-over with barbecue wipes may be all that’s required.
They’re quick and easy to use, and the nodules and grease-cutting formula work surprisingly well to clean the surface, making it simple to ensure the barbecue is ready for the next meal.