Let’s face it; we all love a good summer BBQ, except for when it comes to that dreaded clean at the end. The last thing you want to be doing after an afternoon of slaving over a hot grill is to spend hours scrubbing away at burnt-on fat and charcoal debris.
That’s why here at Ovenu, we thought we’d produce this nifty guide, covering some top tips and tricks to help you tackle a dirty grill.
6 Steps To A Clean Gas Barbecue
1. Begin cleaning whilst the barbecue is still warm
If you still have guests over and don’t want to spend the rest of your day washing out the grill try this out for size.
Shortly after you’ve finished cooking, grab a wire brush and quickly scrub with a once over to clear any large pieces of residue. Next, you’ll want to fashion your very own steam cleaning device to do the hard work for you whilst you sit back and enjoy a well-deserved drink or two.
To make your own steam cleaner, grab a deep metal baking tray, fill it with water and place atop one of the burners. Switch it on, but not too high; just enough to get the water slightly boiling. Then close down the lid and leave for an hour.
This will help to loosen the rest of the food debris and grease that coats the inside of your barbecue, making it a lot easier to clean later on.
2. Start scrubbing the grill
Once you have finished with the steam clean, it’s time to get scrubbing. Take a scouring pad and start rubbing away at the grill to break apart tough, stuck on dirt.
If you find that it is still quite difficult to remove the grime, coat with a lubricating soap and wash with a soft cloth. Then reapply the scouring pad, using as little pressure as possible so as not to wear away the enamel coating of the grill.
3. Clear and wipe down the bottom of your barbecue’s interior
At this point, you’ll want to clear away all of the charcoal sitting at the bottom of your barbecue, taking care to avoid hot pieces. When you have removed the bulk of the debris, wipe down the rest using a soft cloth and cleaner, scrubbing in circular motions to break away stubborn grit.
Should you find that there are still pieces of dirt that are not coming away, you may want to employ some stove cleaner (avoid using chemical cleaners) and leave to soak for a while.
4. Wash the outside of the barbecue
Don’t worry, you’re nearly there. This last part is easy.
Using any household washing up liquid combined with warm water; wipe down the exterior of your barbecue all over. For extra measure apply a coat of stainless steel polish for a sparkling clean finish.
It’s something that most people forget, but you can actually remove the gas knobs from your set and give them a once over also. This will help to prevent build-up of any grit and grim that might stiffen your dials over time.
5. Job Done
And there you have it, job complete. Now sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of your day.
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