Summer wouldn’t be the same without making the most of your BBQ and enjoying the better weather with some outside dining. We all love the barbecuing and socialising bit, but who volunteers for the chore of cleaning the grill? Not many of us it seems! We’re here to let you know that it doesn’t have to be a dreaded task. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite BBQ cleaning cheats to make your summer life a little easier. Pick the techniques that fit you best, carve out a window of time, and you’ll be amazed to see the shiny BBQ that you used to know peeking through the charcoal dust.
We all use different cleaning products and techniques in the home so why not when it comes to your outside cooker? There are various ways to bring your BBQ back to health, some involving zero chemicals and no harsh methods, just hunt around your larder and get started.
The endless talents of a lemon! Whether you squeeze it into your tea, use it to remove discolouration from utensils, or dye your hair with citrus, lemons should be an essential in everyone’s kitchen. When it comes to your grill, half your lemons, shake some salt over them, and use the open side of the fruit to wipe over and sterilise your grill top. Quick, natural, and effective.
Smell the Coffee
The grill needs their caffeine hit just as much as we do! Brew your coffee, and mix it with water to create a soak for your BBQ utensils and grill. Leave for an hour or so and allow the coffee to loosen the caked grease and debris before rinsing and repeating if necessary.
Grab an old spray bottle and mix up 2 cups of vinegar (any malt, white, basic vinegar will do, just steer clear of the balsamic) with 2 cups of water. Spray the mixture over your grill racks, leave for 10 minutes, rub your mix on some aluminum foil, and brush over the racks to clean.
Sacrifice a Beer
Well, only half a beer really, the rest is yours to enjoy. Heat your grill and pour just a half can or bottle over the hot plate. Scrape with a brush and you’ll be amazed to see how much the liquid helps to remove debris no matter how long it’s been there.
There is a reason you held onto that single onion left in the bottom of your vegetable basket you see? Slice yours in two and use your BBQ tongs to hold it while you brush the grill top, flesh side down. The fluids in the onion act to loosen up the baked-on grit and grime and you’ll find your grill quickly looks cleaner with little effort.
Alternatively, if you’d rather preserve your larder for consumption only, we have a few other techniques that rely on more traditional cleaning methods to buff up your BBQ.
The simplest and our favourite of all the cleaning hacks is to steam your way out of trouble. Once you’ve finished cooking on the BBQ, put a large metal baking tray filled with water under the hood, close it tightly, and let it the water slowly boil in the remaining heat. The water and steam will gently loosen the food and grime from the grill making it much easier to clean when you’ve finished your meal.
Take a moment to make a little mixture of soda, vinegar, and hot water that can be used to soak utensils in or wipe over the grill to remove as much dirt as possible.
So simple, you really cannot go wrong with this one. Just ball up some used or new kitchen foil and use it to brush the grill down. Be prepared that you’ll be removing the majority of any built up grime and food so we’d suggest incorporating rubber gloves into this option to save your hands.
So, whether you like to keep things natural or you’re more of a traditional cleaning whizz, we hope some of these methods will help you to keep your barbecue in perfect summer shape. Go forth and grill!
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