It’s that time of year again when we dig out the barbecue from the shed ready for the season ahead! Here are five tips to get your barbecue ready for use.
- If you have a gas barbecue, start by getting rid of any kind of lava rocks or ceramic coals and put all of them into a bucket of warm soapy water. If you’re able to now clean around the burners and bars with ease – great. However, you may have to remove some parts to clean them properly, so consult your guide, and remember to not begin removing any gas-ferrying components that you’re unclear about. Put them back again when you are done, and scrub the lava rocks/coals in the bucket if requirements be and wash them in fresh water. You may find these needs replacing after a year or so if they are gathering grime.
- For traditional charcoal barbecues remove any grills and sweep out the ash tray with a soft brush. Give the grill a good spray with Bar-Be-Quick Barbecue and Oven Cleaner http://www.barbequick.com/mag/index.php/bar-be-quick-500ml-cleaning-fluid.html
- Wash the grill down with warm soapy water after the cleaner has taken effect any burnt on food may need a little extra elbow grease, our Barbecue Grill Brush would make light work of this http://www.barbequick.com/mag/index.php/bar-be-quick-grill-brush.html
- Rinse off both grill and ash pan with cold water to leave sparkly and shiny. You may find if the grill has been left out over the winter that this would need replacing. Check your barbecue suppliers if replacement grills are available. http://www.barbequick.com/mag/index.php/barbecues/spare-parts/cooking-grill-replacement-black-enameled.html
Wash at the end of your next barbecue whilst it is still warm, and the grime has not had time to cake on yet.
If you’re still entertaining and do not fancy this, or simply forget, there are still possibilities. A nice way of softening up grime is to position a water-soaked newspaper or equivalent within and make use of a gentle heat again for half an hour or so. This will basically steam clean the whole inside, and you will laugh as you gently clean away the grime afterwards. Obviously this is simple for gas models, however if you have charcoal try using several small pieces of firewood or even other very easily flammable material to obtain some heat going, or even just a few coals if you must.
Keep an eye on the newspaper though and ensure it doesn’t burn or you’ll have more mess on your hands! Whether you steam or not, our Barbecue Cleaner is a great option. Remove the grill and place on some newspaper, and squirt liberally and leave for an hour or so.