For a lot of people, the barbecue is something that gets a lot of use. So when you purchase your barbecue grill think of it as an investment, it is likely to become something that is a large part of your summer meals for years and years to come.
But like all things, proper maintenance is going to be needed to take care of it and to make sure that at last you for as long as it short.
The worst thing you can do is leave the grill messy between uses. The longer the grill six dirty, the harder it is to clean and the shorter lifespan of the grill. A dirty grill tends to rust a lot easier than a clean one so this is certainly the number one thing to take care of. Certain tasks are specific to the different types of barbecue that you may have (such as gas, electric, charcoal etc), but in general most maintenance is pretty much the same.
Step 1 – The bits that you will need
The basic items that you need to clean your grill are:
- Mild dish soap
- Cooking oil spray
- Dry baking soda
- Aluminium foil
- A wire grill brush
- Steel wool pads (the pre-soap ones are best)
- A sponge or cleaning cloth new paragraph
Step 2 – brush off your grill
Use the wire brush the brush off all of the grill services. This should remove any larger pieces and make it much easier.
Step 3 – spray some cooking oil
Once the grill has called and you have brushed, the next thing to do is to spray it with a layer of cooking oil. This layer of oil will help prevent rust. Don’t do this when it’s hot, spraying the wheel of hot surface could potentially cause it to ignite.
Step 4 – baking soda and aluminium foil
Baking soda makes a great cleaning agent. It’s fantastic for polishing and so once you have removed and protected the grill as in the previous steps, baking soda can help restore some of its original shine. aluminium foil could be used in a similar way (gently though) to polish other barbecue services.
Step 5 – clean the racks
When you’re cooking, food sits on these racks so is important to keep them clean. To clean the racks first use the wire brush to remove as much buildup as possible. After this wash the racks using dish soap or if they are really dirty you may want to use the steel wool. Don’t forget, you can either of these things so give them a good rinse to remove the soap residue.