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