Following Boris Johnson’s long-awaited roadmap out of lockdown. We can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel! Outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households will be allowed from March 29th. So, get ready fellow pitmasters its officially the start of BBQ season! It’s time to dust off your BBQ’s and fire up the grill! However, before we can get started with all the fiery goodness, it may be that your grills have gathered so much dust over the months of never-ending lockdown that they may be in need of a deep spring clean.
Here are some of our top tips on how to get your BBQ in perfect shape ready for the upcoming season!
It’s a good idea to have your grill warm when you spring clean your grill as you will find the heat loosens the grease and can be removed and cleaned easier.
Gas Grill Cleaning:
A gas grill should be cleaned regularly, and it is also important to clean all aspects of your grill. This includes keeping an eye on your gas piping. We recommend running soapy water down your gas line. If bubbles form, you know you must then either tighten or replace your line.
No matter what type of barbecue you go for, you’ll have to clean the grates. To clean the rest of your grill, remove your burners and give them a rinse with soapy water to remove any grime. If it’s not possible to remove the gas burners, give them a rinse with a damp cloth.
Charcoal Grill Cleaning:
Grill cleaning and maintenance is just as important for charcoal grills as they are for gas,
Over time the inside of charcoal bbq lids inside of the bowls can collect up small amounts of debris, grease and smoke that collect during normal use. These are nothing to worry about and can be easily removed by brushing them away with a stainless-steel brush/steel wool pad before you start grilling. To prevent future build-up, wipe with paper towels or a mild soap-and-water solution after every grilling session.
Cleaning your cooking grates can be done very easily before you begin grilling. Before cooking, preheat the grill by opening all the vents and keeping the grill at a high temperature for 10–15 minutes. Then use a stainless-steel bristle brush to remove any excess debris left on the grates. This will ensure that food won’t stick to any residue during future grilling.
Clean out the ash catcher last, and once completed you are all done with your spring clean!
When cleaning your grill, it’s important to use quality cleaning or descaler products. However, as an alternative here are some of our home remedies that also prove useful as BBQ cleaning products:
Not only can you use this condiment to season your BBQ food, it can also be used as an effective cleanser. Dilute half a bottle of vinegar with water to a 50/50 ratio. Spray over the grill and leave to soak for 10-15 minutes – then scrub using a hard bristle brush.
Bicarbonate of soda
Baking soda is a great multi-purpose cleaning agent; It has many properties. Dissolve 2 tablespoons of the soda onto a wet sponge. The abrasive paste should strip away the grease. Warning: Only use this on the grill and not the exterior to prevent damage.
Lemons aren’t just great to use as a garnish for those summer cocktails! The high acidity in lemons make them a natural disinfectant. Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle a dash of salt on both ends. Scrub the grill with the lemon ends.
When carrying out your spring clean, heat your BBQ up for 15 minutes after the cleaning is done. This will ensure that all the residue of cleaning products burn off, preventing a dodgy aftertaste next time you cook on it!
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