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How To Have a Clean BBQ For the -Ultimate in Safety

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It is extremely important to clean and check your BBQ before you start cooking. This is not just for food hygiene reasons, but for fire safety precautions too. As we heat our barbecue up, the grease left from a BBQ itself can catch fire and it can become  an uncontrolled fire.

There are some useful pieces of equipment that can help you clean your BBQ such as a wire brush and specially designed sponges with grooves to get between the grill bars. There are also numerous cleaning products specifically designed to clean your BBQ. Always check the manufacturers manual to make sure they are suitable for your type of BBQ first to avoid damaging it. Here I have suggested several different methods and products on how to have a clean BBQ for the ultimate in safety.

To clean up your grill for your next barbecue, try sprinkling dry baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) on a damp brush. Scrub and rinse clean. The Baking Soda also works well for the light duty clean-up on exterior surfaces, such as knobs and trays, and it has the advantage that it will not scratch shiny surfaces. It is also useful for getting rid of stubborn odours in your BBQ, such as that from fat that has built up or smells from cooking fish.

Apart from using a wire brush to clean the BBQ you can use scrunched up foil. This works really well and means you don't have to use cleaning products.

Another non-chemical cleaner is vinegar. Vinegar is very good for cutting through the grease left on a BBQ. Simply wait until the BBQ has cooled and then wipe over with pure vinegar and a cloth. Make sure you rinse well after or your next BBQ will have a distinctive flavor.

If you have a cast-iron barbecue and the plates have grown a bit rusty over the winter months, here's how to restore it back to a clean and safe condition.

Firstly, take the cooking plates out of the barbecue, and set out several sheets of newspapers. This helps with the clean up process. Scrape off flaking rust and dirt with a paint scraper and wire brush. 

Next wash the plates in warm, mildly soapy water, then rinse well with a mixture of water and white vinegar (about one cup vinegar to half a bucket of water). Stand upright and allow to dry completely. This is a good time to replace your volcanic rocks if you have them. It is also a good chance to check the burners are working properly at this time for safety reasons.

Finally, replace the cooking plates on the BBQ, turn on the heat, to get it very hot then carefully spray or wipe with canola or vegetable oil using oven gloves to protect your hands from the heat.. Once that burns off, spray or wipe on some more oil, let that burn off too. Turn off the barbecue and let it cool down.

Of course cleaning your BBQ is made easier if you make it a habit to do it straight after each use and not leave it until the next time you want to use the BBQ. This can also have food safety issues as bacteria will build up on left on bits of food. It will also attract flies and unwanted animals such as mice or rats.

To have a clean BBQ for the ultimate in safety, your BBQ should be cleaned by scraping  excess food, marinade etc off the plate and grill, then turn the heat up high for 5-10 minutes, or until the smoke dies down. Check to see if any bits of fat or meat are still visible, and scrape them off.

If you have a cast iron or steel grill and hotplate, spray with cooking oil, and let that burn off for 5 minutes more (this isn't needed with stainless steel or vitreous enamel). Turn off the grill and allow to cool down. Once cool wipe over all the surfaces thoroughly.

Once you have a safe and clean BBQ, it is easier to keep clean between uses if a suitable purpose made cover is used. This helps keep down the dust and dirt that can get into BBQs. Having a cover over your BBQ also helps to prolong the life of it from the weather. Barbecue -BBQ eBooks