The summer season has arrived as well as the picnic and barbecue season! If you are a bbq lover, you probably know that the food that sticks to the grill is very hard to get off. To prevent your food from sticking without coating the grill with oil or using a ton of chemicals, here are some super ingenious tips that will help you clean your barbecue very easily. It must be said that even barbecue professionals are faced with this problem. Removing and cleaning leftover food on your grill can be very painful. With these tips, you’ll clean your barbecue in no time!
1. Heat your BBQ
No need to spend two hours scrubbing the grills if you want to make them look good as new. Just follow these three simple steps.
- Turn on your BBQ;
- Heat it at a very high heat: the grease will melt;
- Make a ball with newspaper and use it to scrub the grill.
2. The brush
Choosing your BBQ brush is much more important than you think. If you buy a low-end brush, you may end up with small pieces of iron or metal in your food (gross and dangerous).
Instead, choose a good brush suitable for cleaning your barbecue to clean your grills without damaging them. A ball of aluminum foil can also do the job.
3. The inside of your BBQ
It is essential that the inside of your BBQ is always clean in order to protect your grills and to ensure your food is cooked properly.
To do this, mix hot water with dish soap and clean your barbecue with a soft cloth.
Caution: If your barbecue is a gas barbecue, protect the gas supply with a piece of aluminum foil when cleaning it.
4. Opt for a baking mat
Have you ever heard of a BBQ baking mat? You can place it directly on the grill. It is simply genius! You don’t need to retrieve the grease at the bottom of your barbecue after you’ve cooked!
5. Soapy water
Pour hot water into a container, add dish soap and vinegar. Finally, scrub your grill with a brush. It is simple, effective and you don’t risk intoxicating yourself with chemical product residues.
6. The spray
There also exists specially made sprays for BBQs. These prevent your food from sticking to the grill, so you won’t dirty everything!
7. Use ammonia for tough residues
- Add one part ammonia for two-part water in a container;
- Soak the grills in the mixture;
- Put the grills in paper towels;
- Put the grills in a closed garbage bag;
- Rinse them.
Place some aluminum paper on the grills (place the shiny side towards the grills) then heat your barbecue to its maximum heat for 10 to 20 minutes. Finally, brush the remaining dirt off.
9. Leave it to soak
Place your grills in hot water, add some detergent and a little bit of vinegar and leave them in the water for a whole night and the word “scrubbing” won’t be part of your vocabulary anymore.
Cut a lemon in two and scrub your grill with this citrus. As well as smelling nice, your grills will be clean!
11. Use a potato as a cleaning product
Cleaning your barbecue without too much difficulty is possible. To do this, take a raw potato, cut it in half and rub the grill of your heated BBQ from top to bottom.
The starch in the potato prevents food from sticking. The potato also removes grease from your grills, ovens and hoods. Isn’t that fantastic?