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Barbecue Maintenance Tips - Keep Your Outdoor Barbecue Clean

Updated on November 21, 2011

BBQ Maintenance Tips

Barbecue Maintenance Tips for the barbecue enthusiasts, mainly us men who like to gather around a flame grilled barbecue and chat football and how bad England played in the World Cup. Barbecues tend to get most used at Summer time.

Buying a decent barbecue is essential and it must be thought of as an investment as you will use it for many years to come, good spring or summer days are the right time for a barbecue as you can entertain your guests whilst supervising your barbecue operations. But as time goes on your barbecue becomes filthy and rust can form on itĀ or any other wear and tear could affect it's performance.

Cleaning your barbecue grill is one important thing to think of and carry out, as the meat will be placed on it every time you use the grill and this is the same for gas grills, electric or even charcoal grills and so proper maintenance should be applied to make your barbecue work as efficiently as possible.

Barbeque Maintenance Tips

Cleaning Equipment

There are some essential equipment for the cleaning maintenance of your BBQ grills.

  • Wire grill brush - brass is usually best.
  • Brillo pads or steel wool pads of some sort
  • Mild soap or detergent
  • Soft sponge
  • Baking soda
  • Tin foil or aliminium foil.

The first thing that you need to do is to brush your grill with the brass wire brush and what you do need to do quite regularly is brush off any old bits of grease and food that could build up on the grill frame as the longer you leave this on the grill the harder it will be to remove at a later date.

The first thing that should always be done to your grill is a routine brushing. Using your brass wire grill brush (or other brush suitable to your type of grill) you should brush off all the surfaces. By routinely brushing your barbeque grill, you will prevent any type of buildup. If buildup from food is left to long, it can become increasingly difficult to remove.

A good tip to do is to spray your cold barbecue grill with a thin layer of cooking oil as this will protect your barbecue grill from rusting if you leave it outside, the most important thing to stress is to make sure that your grill is cold, so that the oil doesn't set alight and cause you an injury as this is up there with the top 10 of household accidents.

Baking soda can then be used after the brushing with the wire brush as this helps to polish and clean the metal on the grill and baking soda is considered one of the best household cleaning products and the cheapest, just remember that baking soda is a mildĀ irritant and you should wear protective rubber gloves and read the instructions to know exactly what other surfaces you can clean with baking soda..

Using aluminium foil is another great tip as you can screw it up into balls and rub the surface of the grill and this removes anything that the baking soda did not.

Clean all the racks and anywere were there is metal, becayse it's important that when you come to cook food on your grill that it is spotless, because bacteria can build up within grime spots on your grill and did you know that some germs and bacteria can survive extremely hot temperatures, so it's best to reduce the build up by regularly cleaning your barbecue.

Brillo pads or steel wool pads are great to use on the thin areas of a rack grill, as these do get grease and dirt building up in the joins and always rinse your grill components beore ever ooing on them as there may be some soap or detergent still present, so rinse thoroughly

The main thing to think of when maintaining your barbecue is that you do have to clean it often and not once a year or something. covering your barbecue if it's located outdoors isa comon sense approach to reduce rust and other outside factors such as cats coming in and laying in your barbecue and pissing and crapping in your grill or a bird flying past and letting one go on your nice shiny barbecue grill

Even if you cover your grill, you'll still have to clean your grill, so have a nice barbecue and save me some pork chops!

Barbecue Maintenance Tips

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