8 FANTASTIC TIPS FOR bbq CLEANING!

8 FANTASTIC TIPS FOR bbq CLEANING!

CLEANING YOUR BBQ IS IMPORTANT

When it comes to selecting your barbecue its very important to understand your style and flavor of cooking! What does this mean? Well for most Australian backyards the common stable is steaks and snags with some grilled vegetable, so in that case there will be no need for any specialized grills such as smokers, spits or charcoal barbecues. You will be able to stick with the traditional LPG/Natural Gas Barbecue.

 

Although if share the passion of the low and slow method of cooking your meats, then you’ll be wanting to consider buying a smoker and/or a charcoal barbecue with a hood.

 

But wait?! What if you want to be grilling 80% of the time but want to also want to smoke every now and then? Then buying a charcoal grill allows you the flexibility for increasing the heat to be able to grill your steaks but also, you’ll be able to lower the heat to slow smoke your brisket!

 

A perfect go between product is The Big Green Egg!

Cleaning your barbecue is essential. Keeping a grill clean means you can cook better with a more efficient heat transfer. Cooking on a clean grill will also create stronger purer flavours as the residue from foods cooked previously on the barbecue won't muddle the what is being cooked currently.

 

A good habit to develop before you start cooking anything on the barbecue is to give the grill a good brush of cooking oil to enrich flavours and avoid any cross contamination from foods cooked prior.

It is recommended that from time to time, a deep cleaning of your barbecue is done to ensure it is at its best.

 

Here are 8 cleaning tips that will help you out during cleaning process.

CLEANING YOUR BBQ IS IMPORTANT

Cleaning your barbecue is essential. Keeping a grill clean means you can cook better with a more efficient heat transfer. Cooking on a clean grill will also create stronger purer flavours as the residue from foods cooked previously on the barbecue won't muddle the what is being cooked currently.

 

A good habit to develop before you start cooking anything on the barbecue is to give the grill a good brush of cooking oil to enrich flavours and avoid any cross contamination from foods cooked prior.

 

It is recommended that from time to time, a deep cleaning of your barbecue is done to ensure it is at its best.

 

Here are 8 cleaning tips that will help you out during cleaning process.

tIP 1: COFFEE!

Before you go to buy a barbecue its very important to consider your available area for your barbecue. As apartment living has become increasingly more common, it is not advisable to purchase a 5-6 Burner BBQ as getting the barbecue up to your floor will be a mission and a half and then the space available on your balcony may not allow for the barbecue to fit comfortably.

 

In an apartment situation a product such as the Beefeater Bugg is perfect! Its small enough to not be a hassle to move around, and its large enough that it can easily cook for 6+ people without having to do multiple cooks. Otherwise if you own or rent a home with a sizeable backyard space availability may not be an issue.

 

Although you may have the space that DOES NOT mean you can have the barbecue in that space. This is for indoor/outdoor areas! It may seem to be a good idea to put a barbecue in your undercover area so you can entertain rain, hail or shine but you MUST HAVE the right ventilation!

 

 

Many of us drink coffee on the daily but you might not know that coffee makes a great cleaning agent due its acidity!

 

If you are having trouble with stubborn grease stains, brew some coffee to fill up your kitchen sink with and then let your grills, plates and utensils soak for around 10-15 minutes.

 

Then boom! The grime should come right off!

Any enclosure in which the appliance is used shall comply with one of the following:

 

- An enclosure with walls on all sides, but at least one permanent opening at ground level and no overhead cover. (figure 1)

 

- Within a partial enclosure that includes an overhead enclosure and no more than two walls. (figure 2 and 3)

 

- Within a partial enclosure that includes an overhead cover and more than two walls, the following shall apply. (figures 4 and 5)

 

- At least 25% of the total wall area is completely open.

 

- At least 30% of the remaining wall area is open and unrestricted.

 

- In the case of balconies, at least 20% of the total of the side, back and front wall areas shall be and remain open and unrestricted.

tIP 2: ONIONS!

Not only are onions great for cooking on the barbie to infuse flavour into your food to make people hungry but also can be used after the cook to get your barbecue squeaky clean.

 

To clean your barbecue using onions, make sure there is still some heat left on the grill and then put half an onion on the end of some tongs or a ork and rub the onion all over the grill.

 

The heat will cause the moisture in the onion to steam out over the grill, effectively achieving a steam clean on your barbecue!

tIP 3: dISH WASHING!

Easy, simple and smart!

 

Although not everyone does this, unless you are packing a massive BBQ in your back yard, almost all plates and grills should be able to fit nicely into your kitchen sink!

 

Therefore, you can clean them the traditional way!

tIP 4: sTEAM CLEAN!

Want to achieve a steam clean for your barbie but you accidentally ate the half onion you were saving to clean the grill?

 

Never fear, wet newspaper is here!

 

When you are finished using your barbecue, you can place some wet newspaper inside and close the lid for around 30 mins!

 

After that, you've just successfully steam cleaned your BBQ!

tIP 5: vINEGAR BE CLEANIN' YA!

Sorry sometimes a little rhyme is the best way to remove the grime…

 

But really, try mixing equal parts water and vinegar into a spray bottle, then spray the surface of the barbecue and let it rest for 10 minutes!

 

Whilst you wait, empty the bottle and refill with only vinegar and after 10 mins get spraying and scrubbing! The grime should melt away!

tIP 6: pROTECTING IT FROM RUST

Have a little rust issue on your BBQ?

 

Try and get some olive oil and give your barbecue a quick wipe over after you have finished cleaning it!

 

This will seal up the grills and tops oxidisation.

tIP 7: bAKING SODA, DO YOU GOT BAKING SODA?

To enhance the vinegar cleaning mixture, add a tablespoon of baking soda and that should do the trick!

 

Wait an hour and now scrub and clean as normal.

 

The baking soda solution would have broken down the grease and grime, making it super easy to clean!

tIP 1: COFFEE!

Many of us drink coffee on the daily but you might not know that coffee makes a great cleaning agent due its acidity!

 

If you are having trouble with stubborn grease stains, brew some coffee to fill up your kitchen sink with and then let your grills, plates and utensils soak for around 10-15 minutes.

 

Then boom! The grime should come right off!

tIP 2: ONIONS!

Not only are onions great for cooking on the barbie to infuse flavour into your food to make people hungry but also can be used after the cook to get your barbecue squeaky clean.

 

To clean your barbecue using onions, make sure there is still some heat left on the grill and then put half an onion on the end of some tongs or a ork and rub the onion all over the grill.

 

The heat will cause the moisture in the onion to steam out over the grill, effectively achieving a steam clean on your barbecue!

tIP 3: dISH WASHING!

Easy, simple and smart!

 

Although not everyone does this, unless you are packing a massive BBQ in your back yard, almost all plates and grills should be able to fit nicely into your kitchen sink!

 

Therefore, you can clean them the traditional way!

tIP 4: sTEAM CLEAN!

Want to achieve a steam clean for your barbie but you accidentally ate the half onion you were saving to clean the grill?

 

Never fear, wet newspaper is here!

 

When you are finished using your barbecue, you can place some wet newspaper inside and close the lid for around 30 mins!

 

After that, you've just successfully steam cleaned your BBQ!

tIP 5: vINEGAR BE CLEANIN' YA!

Sorry sometimes a little rhyme is the best way to remove the grime…

 

But really, try mixing equal parts water and vinegar into a spray bottle, then spray the surface of the barbecue and let it rest for 10 minutes!

 

Whilst you wait, empty the bottle and refill with only vinegar and after 10 mins get spraying and scrubbing! The grime should melt away!

tIP 6: pROTECTING IT
FROM RUST

Have a little rust issue on your BBQ?

 

Try and get some olive oil and give your barbecue a quick wipe over after you have finished cleaning it!

 

This will seal up the grills and tops oxidisation.

tIP 7: bAKING SODA, DO YOU GOT BAKING SODA?

To enhance the vinegar cleaning mixture, add a tablespoon of baking soda and that should do the trick!

 

Wait an hour and now scrub and clean as normal.

 

The baking soda solution would have broken down the grease and grime, making it super easy to clean!

FINAL TIP 8: BEER!

When you are purchasing a barbecue there are some basic must have you should consider.

STAINLESS STEEL TYPE

What kind of Stainless Steel is your barbecue made from? There are 3 main grades of Stainless Steel 406, 304 and 316. 406 is cheaper but will rust quickly if unkept, 304 can withstand corrosion from most oxidizing acids.

 

That durability makes 304 easy to sanitize, and therefore ideal for kitchen and food applications. 316 is perfect more marine environments as it lacks iron in the steel making in even more resistant to rusting than 304 grades.

FLARE UPS

How does the barbecue deal with flair ups? A good deal reduces flair ups by redirecting grease away from the burners and into an easily cleanable grease tray or cup.

 

A poor design could cause fat fires inside your barbecue which can be extremely dangerous!

If you have been too busy cooking up a feast and left with half a bottle of warm beer, then you are in luck!

 

Just poor that sucker onto a warm BBQ at the end of a cook then get scrubbing with some newspaper or a wire brush and in no time, that baby will be clean!

Maintenance

Ease of Maintenance is extremely important as this is what will greatly impact the life span of the barbecue.

 

You need to seriously consider how easily can you clean the grease try and

FINAL TIP 8: BEER, BEER, BEER NOT JUST FOR DRINKING ITS USFULL FOR CLEANING!

If you have been too busy cooking up a feast and left with half a bottle of warm beer, then you are in luck!

 

Just poor that sucker onto a warm BBQ at the end of a cook then get scrubbing with some newspaper or a wire brush and in no time, that baby will be clean!

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