Proper cleaning and maintenance of your grill will make your grilling easy and convenient. Just follow these tips to get the most out of your investment and passion in BBQ/Grilling.
TOP TIPS FOR A CLEAN BARBECUE
1. BRUSH THE GRILL WHILE IT’S HOT
Always clean your barbecue while it is hot. This saves time and unnecessary wear on your grill brush. Spend 10-15 seconds brushing the hot grate clean and leave to dry naturally.
2. REMEMBER TO USE A GOOD BRUSH
Use a solid grill brush on the grate and wipe it at the end using a damp cloth. Some grill brushes may only be used on the grate, and not on the interior of the grill. You can use folded metal foil here instead. You should generally only use grill brushes with stainless steel or brass bristles.
3. SURFACE RUST
If some surface rust appears on the welded joints on your grill, you can easily remove it using non-acidic oil (WD40). It is a good idea to regularly apply a little non-acidic oil to the extra welds on your barbecue. Then polish using a dry cloth. REMIINDER: Never use non-acidic oil inside the barbecue!
4. THE OUTSIDE PART
Clean the exterior surfaces of the barbecue using soapy water and a wrung cloth. Then polish using a dry cloth.
5. CAST IRON GRATE
Cast iron products need a little bit more Tender-Loving-Care because it is susceptible to rusting. The care required is quite straightforward though you will be glad to hear. Always apply oil to your cast iron grate after each use and occasionally pamper your grate by immersing it in scalding, soapy water. Place it back on the gill and give it full heat for 15 minutes. The remaining grime should now be charred and can be scrubbed off using a grill brush. Apply a complete layer of cooking oil afterwards to protect the grate against rust. For storage, follow the usual steps but once dry and cooled; apply a layer of solid vegetable fat such as Trex. Wrap in kitchen paper or newspaper and pop in a kitchen cupboard.
6. OIL IS ESSENTIAL
Generally, you should apply oil to your food before you begin barbecuing instead of oiling the grill itself. This helps the food not to stick. However, if using a cast-iron grate, a safe and easy way to apply oil to the grate is to dip half an onion in oil and rub the onion onto the grate using a barbecue fork, so you avoid burning your fingers. This seasons your grate at the same time as oiling, never use a basting brush, as the grill may flame up and the brush may melt. Never use olive oil as it may become rancid and give the food an unpleasant taste.
7. BARBECUE CLEANER
If you want a perfectly clean grill you should use one of sprays to ensure an extra shiny surface. Different products are available to suit all barbecue models, to make cleaning easy.
Grill brush is the most important tool when it comes to cleaning your barbecue. There are a variety to choose from, such as short brushes, long brushes, three sided brushes, etc. Look for stainless steel or brass bristled brushes, as other types risk damaging the grate and burners.
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GRILL LOVERS’ BARBECUE TIP:
Bacteria is killed quickly in a barbecue due to the high temperatures, so there is no need to keep your grate immaculately clean.
Food cooked on a used grill actually tastes better than food cooked on a new one and the fat deposits on the lid help your barbecue form a better seal.