Easily Cleaning Your Barbecue

by Emily McBride
(last updated May 19, 2014)

Both stoves and grills are hot surfaces that are used to cook food. Stovetops are usually cleaned after each use—but sometimes grills don't get cleaned very often. Keeping your barbecue clean can help it to last longer as well as improve the quality of the taste of your food.

Treat your barbecue as you would your stove. Most of the time you cook with it, you only need to lightly clean it. However, every once in awhile you need to take it apart and give it a more thorough cleaning. The one part of your grill that needs to be cleaned every time is the grate. If the grate is dirty, it will be harder to cook with and the food will stick to it. It's best to clean it soon after you use the grill, while it is still warm. It's much easier to clean it while it's warm then right before you use it the next time. Just use a stiff wire brush to scrub off the food particles. When you are ready to grill the next time, heat it up and scrub it again. Coat it with a thin layer of oil.

The rest of the way that you clean the barbecue depends on the kind of barbecue you have. If you have a charcoal grill, you will need to frequently clean the collector pan beneath the grill. This catches the ashes from the charcoal. If you don't empty it enough, it will create excess smoke and change the flavor of the food. About once a year, you need to clean deeper. Take apart the grill and clean it with soapy water.

If you have a gas grill, you should regularly lift off the grate and clean the barriers above the burners. Many gas grills have "clean" settings, but they don't thoroughly clean your entire grill. About once a year, you need to take the parts of your grill apart to clean each piece. Look at your manufacturer's instruction to see if it gives suggestions on the best way to clean the parts. When you are cleaning, make sure that there is nothing blocking the path of the gas. Clean the pieces with soap and warm water.

The more frequently you clean your barbecue, the easier it is to clean because there is less build up. Keeping your barbecue clean will help you to show off your barbecuing skills when you are cooking your steak, hamburgers, or hot dogs.

Author Bio

Emily McBride

A senior majoring in English and editing at BYU, Emily hopes to enter the field of professional editing upon graduation. Emily has done humanitarian work in Africa and studied in London. She enjoys blogging, foreign films, and playing the piano. ...

MORE FROM EMILY

Living with Arthritis

Many people suffer from arthritis, making it one of the most common health problems in the United States. However, dealing ...

Discover More

Doing Pedicures Safely

Do you want to leave a salon with a nice new pedicure...and an infection too? This article will help you to understand what ...

Discover More

Sunless Tanning

Sunless tanning is a great way to bronze your skin without increasing your risk of skin cancer. There are many ways to get a ...

Discover More

Tough Tools for Tough Cleaning Jobs O-Cel-O sponges and Scotch Brite scrubbers are truly a fashion-meets-function success story. The highly absorbent and durable sponges in this handy six-pack make quick work of tough cleaning problems in any kitchen, bathroom, or garage. Check out Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges today!

More Cleaning Tips

Cleaning Your Grill

Just because it's not inside the house doesn't mean that your grill doesn't need to be cleaned. Like any other item used in ...

Discover More

Keeping Pool Water Sparkling Clean

Clearing away obvious dirt and debris will help keep your pool water sparkling clean, but you also need to test your water ...

Discover More

Pool Cleaning Tips

If you have a pool, then you probably know that it requires a fair amount of maintenance. Remember these cleaning ideas to ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 7 - 1?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.