As the weather warms up, the urge to spend more time in the garden begins. The air becomes filled with the smells of BBQ’s and everyone wants to hold the perfect garden party. But how can you, if your BBQ isn’t prepared? What do you need to do, to get ready for the long summer nights, full of great food and even better company?
Well, it’s a good idea to clean your BBQ! Everyone knows that a clean BBQ delivers tastier food! Before starting, always check the maker’s cleaning instructions. Then, if you’re happy to begin cleaning, here are a few tips for getting your BBQ ‘summer ready’.
1. Getting Ready for the Cleaning Process
First up, depending on the type of BBQ, disconnect the gas bottle from the grill, or remove the ash and coals. This makes it safer to clean.
The best way to remove stubborn residue is the carbonizing technique. This is simply burning off the leftovers from last year. Turn the BBQ on for around 10 minutes, and watch it burn the fat away. Then wait for it to cool down. When cool, the burnt residue can be cleaned away. If the BBQ has a metal grill, use a non-scratch wire scrubber to clean but if it has a porcelain one, leave the grill to cool and use warm soapy water. If it’s really burnt on there, use a wire pad or brush to get rid of the most stubborn stains.
If you have a high-pressure hose, rattling around in your shed, then use it! Give your BBQ a good clean with this and it should remove most of the grease and grime.
2. Use the Right Cleaning Products
This isn’t the time to skimp on the cleaning power. You get what you pay for!
Clean as you go. Yep, it’s a pain when all you want to do is bite down into that tasty burger, but cleaning the grill the same day as you use, it can save time in the long run.
3. Use a Drip Tray
It’s a simple solution to all the grease and fat. You can even add a stock cube to the juices and mix; making it a perfect baste for meat whilst it’s on the BBQ.
Always bin the grease! Don’t pour it down the drain as this could cost you with an expensive call out from a plumber at a later date. Instead, pour the fat into a container. A glass jar works really well, and you can then throw it away with your rubbish.
4. Keep Grease off
Finally, applying a thin coat of vegetable oil to the BBQ when cleaned actually helps keeps some of the grease off. It creates a layer on the BBQ that is harder for the grease to stick to.
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