Twice a year it’s a good idea to do a deep cleaning of your BBQ – once before you put it away for the winter and then when you first pull it out in spring. Of course, if you live in California, chances are your BBQ stays out all year long, so you can just add BBQ cleaning to your spring cleaning and end of summer checklists.
Have a Clean BBQ Ready to Go When You’re Ready to Grill
BBQ cleaning is best done in the shade or when the temperature is cool and you’ll want to set aside about 2 hours to complete the job. To help you with this daunting task, we’ve put together some tips that will not only give you a clean BBQ grill, but help your food taste fresh and cook evenly all season long.
Gather Your BBQ Cleaning Supplies
- A wire brush
- A bucket of hot water
- Dish soap
- A wire or a 1/16″ drill bit
- Metal spatula
- A steel scrubber
- A couple of dry towels
Scrub the BBQ Grill
- Take the burners out of your BBQ grill to give them a thorough cleaning. Use the wire brush to scrape off anything that doesn’t belong (burnt offerings from last year, bugs, etc.).
- Check the burner ports. If there are any that are clogged with food or bugs, poke them with the wire or drill bit to open them up.
- Wash the BBQ grills with hot soapy water and dry with towels. To re-season them after they are clean, rub the grill tops with cooking oil.
- Use the steel scrubber and wash the sides and base of the BBQ grill with hot soapy water. Dry them off with clean, soft towels.
- Scrape the grease out of the inside of the BBQ grill with a metal spatula.
- Remove and wash the drip pan.
Check Out the BBQ Hoses & Tubes
It is important that every part of your grill works properly so you can enjoy your BBQ when you’re ready to use it. Check each hose and feed tube to see if they have been damaged in any way. Check for crimps, puncture marks, or scratches. If you find damaged hoses or tubes, replace them immediately.
Ongoing BBQ Cleaning & Maintenance
After you’ve filled your tummy with a delicious barbequed meal, there are a few things you can do to make sure you have a clean BBQ ready to go the next time you grill.
- While the grill is still warm, scrape off any food or drippings with a spatula. If it requires a little more attention, use a wire brush as well.
- When the BBQ has cooled, wipe down the entire outside of the grill with hot soapy water and a sponge. If your BBQ grill has a tray, wipe that down as well.
- If you played too long after the BBQ and the drippings are caked on, soak the grill inside a sealed container with 2 cups of ammonia. Leave it over night and rinse it off in the morning. The grime should wipe right off with a sponge.
- Take your BBQ tools (such as your carving fork, spatula, tongs, etc.) inside to wash them in hot soapy water.
- If you have a charcoal grill, dump out the cooled ashes and wipe down the inside of the grill.
- Store your grill with a BBQ cover to keep it safe from rain or sprinklers.