How To Clean Your BBQ

Author: Raquel  

How Many Ways Are There To Clean A BBQ?

Turns out there's a lot!

Do you clean your BBQ as soon as you finish cookin, or do you close the hood and leave it for next time?

The advice is always to clean it straight away, but let’s be honest; sometimes we can’t wait to eat with our friends or family and other times we just can’t be stuffed!

Regardless of when you clean, we thought we’d take a quick look at all of the different methods out there. It turns out there’s a lot of ways!

Here are a few popular ones.


A Lemons Juice

Slice a lemon in half.

Preheat the grill and use a pair of tongs or a large fork to rub the lemon over a very hot grill until clean.

Old-School Newspaper

Scrunch up a bunch of newspaper (don’t be tight, this stuff gets hot!) and rub the newspaper over a very hot grill until clean.

The Ol’ Wire Brush Method

Safe and effective! These brushes have a solid handle and about a 10cm stretch of coarse, heavy-duty wire brush. Heat the barbecue until it’s super hot and use the brush to lift residue and scrape it away.

There are also three-in-one brushes that have a brush on one side, a scourer on the other side, and a scraper on the end.

Homemade Cleaning Solution

  • 4 cups water

  • 2 cups vinegar

  • 2 tbsp dishwashing liquid

    Mix well in a large jug so it becomes frothy.

    Heat the grill over a high flame until very hot, then turn off the flame.

    Dip a wire brush into the solution and scrub, scrub, scrub!

    Let the grills cool and use a non-abrasive sponge or cloth to clean stainless steel.

Gurney or High Pressure Cleaner

Remove the grills and plate and hit them with your gurney to lift those burnt-on bits.

Once clean, dry them off a little, return them to the BBQ and heat them over medium heat to dry them properly. Rub with oil.

A Cleaning Block

Grab yourself a grill block or pumice cleaning block to scrub away the gunk and grime.

Beer or Cola

Fire up the barbecue and once it’s hot pour over a cold bottle of beer or coke. Watch it, its spits a little! Then scrub away what’s lifted and left behind.

Aluminium Foil

Yes, just pull off a huge sheet, scrunch it up, and go to work scrubbing your very hot BBQ!

Soapy Water Bath

Pull those grills and plates off and pop them in a large tub of hot soapy water and scrub, scrub, scrub with a coarse bristle brush.

If you choose a cleaning method utilising water remember to dry the grills and plate off when you’re finished, return them to the BBQ and finish by turning your BBQ on for 5 to 10 mins to dry them thoroughly. It’s a good idea to rub them down with a little bit of oil too.

A bbq cleaning brush with lemons, limes, paper and foil


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