Cooking a terrific barbecue and spending some time with friends and family is always a good idea. But at the end of the day, there is no escape from the dirt embedded in the grill, especially if you prefer charcoal grills. This type of grill can make a considerable mess, which makes up for the fact that barbecues cooked with charcoal are way tastier than with gas.Therefore, we selected some very simple tips on how to clean your barbecue grill without much effort. Enjoy!
Clean the grill grates periodically with a degreaser
When the barbecue is over, always clean the barbecue. This is one of the simplest ways to keep the grill always clean without much effort. If you clean it with a degreaser when it is still warm, it is much easier to remove that crust of coal dirt, meat scraps, soot and other residues.
To do this, simply wipe with a degreaser over the entire grid to remove excess dirt. Then use water, detergent and the soft part of a sponge to finish cleaning. This should keep your grill brand new for much longer.
If the fat persists, soak the grill in hot soapy water
When the degreaser fails to remove the encrusted fats, soak the grill in a bucket with detergent and hot water to loosen the fat. Just put equal parts of water + the product and wait at least 10 minutes until all the dirt comes off. Then rub the grill with a stiff bristle brush and rinse.
Scrub the Under the Hood and the Inside Walls
Cover the heating elements (firebox and grates) with a big piece of foil to protect them. With a brush, scrub the underside of the hood. That residue that looks like peeling paint is actually a harmless buildup of carbon from grease and smoke. Use the brush to scrub the inside walls above the elements as well. Wipe the walls with a damp paper towel. Ashes and debris will fall onto the foil, thus, it is easier to discard.
In extreme cases, use a mixture of white vinegar + baking soda
To do a more thorough cleaning, especially on very greasy surfaces, using a solution of white vinegar with baking soda is extremely effective. With the help of a brush, apply a layer of baking soda over all parts of the grill. Let stand for approximately 3 minutes. Then, put the vinegar in a spray bottle, spray on the parts of the grill and with the help of a piece of steel wool rub the mixture. Wait 5 minutes until it takes effect and, finally, wash the grid with water and detergent. You can use it to clean the firebox as well, depending on how much dirt is encrusted.
Inside the firebox, you can use a vacuum
With the grill grates removed, the inside of the firebox is ready to be cleaned. Start by putting an empty bucket underneath the firebox, directly below the grease tray opening, to catch the soapy water and flushed out debris. Use a plastic putty knife to scrape off any caked-on gunk from inside the firebox.
Next, use a wet / dry vacuum to collect any remaining loose debris. Since wet / dry vacs are mostly workshop items, you shouldn’t feel bad about using one to suck up the gunk that’s collected in your grill. Once the firebox is clean, rinse it out with a garden hose.
Now you’re ready for a next round of barbecue with friends, a well-cleaned grill is sure to make all the difference. In addition to a well-maintained grill, it is also important to purchase a high quality charcoal to make your dishes even more delicious. Meet BOB-Q’s Lump Charcoal, this premium product, widely used in Brazilian Rodizio Steakhouses, guarantees that you will taste the food not the fuel. Visit our e-commerce for more information.