With another potential heatwave on the cards, chances are you’ll be wheeling out the barbie and firing up the grill. But wait – when did you last use and clean the BBQ?

We haven’t been blessed with too many sunny spells of late and your cooking grates could still be caked with, well, something unsavoury.

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Not the best start for the BBQ king or queen, who’s set their heart on sizzling skewers and juicy burgers.

How to clean a BBQ

Here’s how to prep your grill before you pour over those marinades…

1. The best way to tackle dirt is while it’s still hot

Cleaning the outdoor grill

OK, so it’s easy to be wise after the event, but just so you know, it’s easier to get the dirt off a BBQ when it’s still warm. No-one wants to break up the party, but as soon as you’ve piled your plate high with the last sticky glazed rib, grab a fork to steady a pre-peeled onion (cut in half) and rub it around the hot grill bars. Helped by the heat, the onion’s natural juices will steam clean, break down the grease and remove any stuck-on food.

2. A spritz of vinegar keeps everything sparkling clean

It’s your go-to for cleaning windows, and a mixture of two parts household vinegar and two parts warm water will work wonders on the grill. Add some crumpled aluminium foil or a bristle-free brush (so they don’t break off and end up in the food… eek) to your armoury (try the GRILLART Grill Brush Bristle Free), spray the grates and scrape clean. And make sure to rinse well with water – you only want the taste of vinaigrette on your salad.

3. Baking soda is a no-brainer

Dirty electric grill. Female hand wiping with cloth grill.

We’ve armed ourselves with this fine white powder since day dot and what’s not to love about a non-scratch cleaner that’s cited as having 47 uses in the house – and the outdoor grill makes it 48. Mixed with water to form a paste, because it’s not abrasive, it won’t damage metal coatings when you sponge them down. Plus, it’s non-toxic.

4. Cheer for a beer while you’re being crafty with its bubbles

The male hand cleans the black grill with a soft brush.

While there’s nothing like an ice-cold brew to satisfy your thirst, beer can also buff up your grill. Take half a can or bottle and pour it over warm grates, let the lager soak in for a while (this might be a good time to top up your glass or pull a tab) and then scrub with newspaper or a bristle-free brush to bring up a shine. Beer’s also known to remove rust.

5. Cover all the bases – literally

There’s no point going to all the effort of cleaning the cooking apparatus if the base is still a bit mucky. Get rid of all the old coals, wash the base down with warm, soapy water and let it dry naturally in the sun. Happy grilling!

Best-selling BBQ cleaning tools

Stuck for inspiration? Check out our list of best-selling Amazon products!

SaleBestseller No. 1
PePeng 18" Triangle Metal BBQ Grill Cleaning Brush, Heavy Duty 3-Branch Stainless Steel Barbecue...
  • EFFORTLESS CLEANING: With a unique design, this 18" long barbecue brush has three brushes in one, each with its own equivalent stroke.
  • RECOMMENDED FOR MOST GRILL TYPES: It is a universal grill brush that can be used with multiple gas grill, charcoal grill, smoker grill, porcelain grill, infrared grill and so on
  • LONG LASTING SOLID CONSTRUCTION: Crafted with stainless steel and a high quality plastic handle, the grill brush will last longer with a guarantee of a durable and effortless usage
SaleBestseller No. 2
HG 138050106 Oven, Grill and Barbeque Cleaner 500 ml Removes Baked On Food and Burnt-in Grease in No...
  • All in one Oven, Grill & Barbecue Cleaner: Removes caked-on & burnt-in grease from ovens, grills, barbecues, cooker shelves & baking trays quickly & thoroughly
  • Heavy duty degreaser: Our food-safe oven cleaner is also perfect for removing discolouring from stainless steel gas or induction hobs
  • Tough on muck, gentle on surfaces: Suitable for use on all sorts of metal cooking surfaces, oven seals, cast iron, ceramic, cooking tins, glass & more
Bestseller No. 3
18" Triangle Metal BBQ Grill Cleaning Brush, Heavy Duty 3-Branch Stainless Steel Barbecue Bristles...
  • EFFORTLESS CLEANING: With a unique design, this 18" long barbecue brush has three brushes in one, each with its own equivalent stroke.
  • RECOMMENDED FOR MOST GRILL TYPES: It is a universal grill brush that can be used with multiple gas grill, charcoal grill, smoker grill, porcelain grill, infrared grill and so on
  • LONG LASTING SOLID CONSTRUCTION: Crafted with stainless steel and a high quality plastic handle, the grill brush will last longer with a guarantee of a durable and effortless usage
Bestseller No. 4
grilljoy Heavy Duty Grill Brush and Scraper with Carrying Bag - Exclusive Barbecue Cleaning Kit with...
  • 【TWO GRILL WIRE BRUSH HEADS IN INNOVATIVE DESIGNE】Our heavy duty bbq brush set combines with a storage bag, a long anti-slip handle and two barbecue wire brush heads for alternate use, even one of...
  • 【EXTRA LONG AND SOLID HANDLE WITH ERGONOMIC DESIGN】The handle of our bbq cleaning kit has an amazing grip to clean even the toughest messes without falling apart. Rounding out the impressive...
  • 【360ºBBQ BRUSH FOR 5X FASTER CLEANING】The 3-in-1 bristle head rotating up to 360-degrees, makes the barbecue cleaner flexible enough to fit between the grill grates to clean both the top and...
Bestseller No. 5
Invero® BBQ Barbecue Oven Grill Kitchen Metal Wire Cleaning Brush Scraper Remover Cleaner
  • The BBQ cleaning brush has a heavy duty construction
  • Features hard wearing wire bristles and an integral steel scraper
  • Product dimensions: Length 30cm.

Last update on 2021-09-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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