How to clean and maintain a BBQ

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How to clean and maintain a BBQ

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Everyone loves a BBQ in the warmer weather but keeping it clean can be tricky. We’ve got a few simple ways to clean and maintain your BBQ to ensure you get years of enjoyment and good cooking out of it. Continue to step-by-step instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1 Turn off and disconnect the gas
2 Clean the tray
3 Clean the grills
4 Wash the barbecue
5 Apply oil to the grill plates
6 Add fresh fat absorber to the drip tray
7 Clean the outside of the barbecue
  • Step 1. Turn off and disconnect the gas

    Before you start cleaning your barbecue check that the gas hose isn’t cracked or has deteriorated. You’ll need to replace it if it is. Then turn off the gas bottle and disconnect the hose. It’s a good idea after each use to disconnect the gas bottle from the barbecue.
  • Step 2. Clean the tray

    Remove the tray from the barbecue and scrape away the excess fat on it. Thoroughly wash the tray in hot soapy water. You should wear dishwashing gloves when doing this as it will allow you to use hotter water, which will cut through the grease and fat.
  • Step 3. Clean the grills

    Scrape away any excess fat and cooked on food from the grills. Then thoroughly wash them in hot soapy water. Make sure you wash both sides of the grills to get rid of any fat that might have dripped underneath.
  • Step 4. Wash the barbecue

    Before putting the grills back, give the barbecue itself a good clean with hot soapy water and a soft scouring pad.
  • Step 5. Apply oil to the grill plates

    Wipe the grill plates dry with paper towel. Then spray both sides of the grill with canola oil to protect them. Put the grills and tray back in the barbecue.
  • Step 6. Add fresh fat absorber to the drip tray

    Line the drip tray with aluminium foil and put some fat absorber in the tray. The absorbers collect fat, preventing fat fires from occurring. Do not use kitty litter or sand for this because they create odours and encourage rust. Place the tray back under the grills. It’s a good idea to change the fat absorber after every 10 barbecues.
  • Step 7. Clean the outside of the barbecue

    BBQ wipes are a great way to keep the barbecue looking good between big clean-ups. Remember the better you take care of your barbecue the more years of great cooking you’ll get out of it.

Tools and Materials


  • Drip tray
  • Large plastic bin
  • Wire brush


  • Aluminium foil
  • BBQ fat absorbers
  • BBQ wipes
  • Canola oil/cooking spray
  • Dishwashing gloves
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Paper towel
  • Soft scourer pad

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