Are you ready to fire up the grill for summer? Don’t forget to clean your barbecue before you start cooking thoroughly! This blog post will show you how to prepare your barbecue for another season of delicious food with these easy cleaning tips.

Prepare the BBQ for Cleaning

Before starting the cleaning process, preparing your barbecue for the job is important. Fire up your grill and close the hood, letting it reach full temperature. Please wait at least 30 minutes for the extreme heat to subside, then pull off any grilling grates and sear plates and put them in a bucket of soapy water to soak for a few minutes. This will help loosen any stuck-on residue and make it easier to detach the burners and take them out for a thorough cleaning. Pass a venturi brush through the burners to clear any blockages, then leave everything to dry before you begin cleaning.

Steam Clean the BBQ

Once the BBQ is prepped, the next step is to steam clean it. Fill a regular metal tin from your kitchen with water and boil it on the grill. Push the tin to the side (using a heatproof utensil) and let it steam for around 10 minutes. The hot steam will help to loosen food particles and grease from the grates and make cleaning easier. Unplug the steamer after cleaning all areas of the grill.

Use Vinegar

Once you’ve prepared the BBQ by removing all the grime, it’s time to use vinegar to finish the job. Vinegar can help break down grease, oil and another residue that may still be present on the grill. Make a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water, and spray it onto a hot grill. Be sure to stand back and avoid the steam. Use a scrub brush to get into the BBQ’s nooks and crannies, then rinse it off with warm water. If there are tough greasy spots, try using straight vinegar or a mixture of dish soap and warm water to remove them.

Use a Scrub Brush

Once the BBQ is prepared for cleaning, it’s time to use a scrub brush. Use a grill brush with wire bristles to get rid of remaining food particles. If you have a porcelain-coated rack, it’s best to clean the grill using a stiff wire brush dipped in water. Do not lean over the grill while cleaning, as this will create plenty of smoke. Other grills use lava rocks or ceramic briquettes to distribute heat; these can be removed and scrubbed with a wire brush, but don’t use water. You can cut an onion in half and put it on your grilling fork to rub it all over the grill grates before scrubbing it with a bristle brush. Finally, spray the grates with cooking oil and use dish soap or degreaser to remove all remaining residue.

Clean the Grates

Once the grates have been removed, they should be cleaned with a scrub brush and hot soapy water. If the grates are particularly greasy, you can add oven detergent instead of soap. Let the grates soak for a few minutes before scrubbing them with a soft brush. Rinse them off afterwards and dry them with a cloth. For an extra-thorough clean, mix two cups of vinegar and one cup of baking soda into a garbage bag and place the grates. Leave them to soak for an hour before rinsing off and drying.

Clean the Burners

After cleaning the grates, you should also clean the burners. You’ll need to remove them from the BBQ and soak them in vinegar and water. This helps to break down any grease or dirt that may have built up over the winter. Once they’ve soaked, scrub them gently with a wire brush until they’re debris-free. Finally, rinse them off with warm water and towel dry before reinstalling them into the BBQ.

Make a Vinegar Solution

Once the grates have been scrubbed, and the burners have been wiped down, it’s time to make a vinegar solution. Mix equal parts of white vinegar and warm water in a plastic spray bottle and spray the solution over the grill. Let it sit for half an hour before wiping it down with a damp cloth. The acidic nature of vinegar helps cut through the grease, making it easier to remove. If necessary, you can also use this solution to soak your grill grates and burner covers.

Empty the Grease Trap

Cleaning the barbecue is an important part of maintenance, and one of the steps is to empty the grease trap. This task can be messy, but it needs to be done to keep the appliance functioning properly. To open the grease trap, use a bucket to scoop out all the debris from the bottom of the unit and dispose of it safely.

Make a Vinegar Solution:

Once the grease trap has been emptied and washed out, you can use a half-vinegar and half-water solution to soak your grill grates and burner covers. The acidic nature of vinegar helps cut through the grease and makes it easier to remove. Avoid using chemicals to clean your grill since they can impart an off taste to foods. Instead, you only need warm water, grease-cutting dish soap, or a food-surface-safe degreaser like Simple Green.

Spray with Cooking Oil

Once the burners and grates have been cleaned, it’s time to give the BBQ a final protection coat. To do this, spray cooking oil on both sides of the grill. This will help prevent future build-up, making it easier to clean the BBQ after winter. Before applying the oil, wait at least 30 minutes for the extreme temperature to singe any stuck-on food or grease.

Use Dish Soap or Degreaser

Following the previous step, you can use dish soap or a degreaser to clean your BBQ thoroughly. Add a teaspoon of dish soap to a bucket of warm water and scrub away any built-up grease and grime. Remember to use a stainless steel cleaner instead if you have a stainless steel model. Once the surfaces are clean, spray them with cooking oil to prevent them from rusting.