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A four burner BBQ with clean grill plates

Overview

Has your BBQ seen better days? Then it's time for a spruce up! Here's how to clean your barbie so it's as good as new again.

Steps

1Gather your tools and materials

Below are all of the tools and materials you'll need to complete this project.
Tools and materials needed to clean your BBQ

2Turn off the BBQ

Before you start cleaning, make sure you've twisted the nozzle on your gas bottle to the off position. Now is also a good time to give your BBQ the once-over to check there are no leaks or cracks in your gas hose. If there are, it's time to replace. If you're good to go, disconnect your bottle and set to one side.

A person crouching in front of a BBQ checking the hose to the gas bottle

3Clean your drip tray

Remove your drip tray from beneath your BBQ and grab a metal BBQ scraper. Scrape away the fat and place in one of your aluminium drip trays. Once you've done this, use some BBQ wipes to remove excess grease and fat.

A person wearing rubber gloves scraping fat off a BBQ drip trap

4Scrub your hotplates

It's now time to attack those hotplates! The first thing you need to do is to fill some large buckets or a trough with hot, soapy water. Scrape away excess fat and grease with your scraper, then lift your grills off the BBQ and place them in your tubs – make sure you wash both sides so that you get any fat that may have dripped through (a metal scourer works best). Leave to soak while you go to the next step and place your drip tray in too if it's still a bit dirty.

A person using a wire brush to clean a BBQ grill in a tub of sudsy water

5Wash the BBQ

Before you pop those grills and hotplates back on, get deep inside your BBQ and give it a really good scrubbing. BBQ wipes are a relatively new invention – and an absolute lifesaver – but a word of warning: you're going to need a lot of them if your BBQ is in need of some serious TLC. Save money and give it a good going-over with hot soapy water first.

A four burner BBQ with clean grill plates

6Line your drip tray

Now your drip tray is sparkling, line it with aluminium foil and sprinkle some Fat-sorb on. This stuff looks like kitty litter but is actually designed to absorb fat, making your tray easier to clean in the future. It also minimises flare-ups and eliminates odours – genius! You'll also only need to change it every 10 or so times you use your BBQ.

A person sprinkling Fat-sorb on a BBQ drip tray lined with aluminium foil

7Apply oil to the hotplates

Now your hotplates are nice and clean, dry them off with paper towel and give them a good spray with cooking oil to leave a light coating – this will prevent rusting down the track. Pop them back on and you're good to go! 

A person spraying BBQ grill plates with cooking oil

8You're ready to grill!

Now you've got no excuses not to test-drive your beautifully clean BBQ!

A four burner BBQ with clean grill plates

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Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

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