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Bbq Maintenance-Summer Is Almost Here

Updated on April 6, 2010

A BBQ Is An Investment

Of course you will be entertaining outside and what kind of entertaining could you do without a bbq. many people look at their barbecue as just another piece of patio entertainment. Well the key is to do proper bbq maintenance and think of the barbecue as an investment.

A barbecue will be an investment that you use for many, many years. It will be a big part of your outdoor entertainment.

Of course there will be some specific tips that are to your barbecue there is also a lrge amount of bbq maintenance that is general to any barbecue.

It really is a matter of taking the time to properly take care of your investment. You wont have the pride and joy of the fleet for very long if you don't do the proper bbq maintenance.

The Items You Need For Bbq Maintenance

Pretty much everything you will need for bbq maintenance can be found in your home. Don't be shy when the time comes for you to give the barbecue a good cleaning.

You need a wire brush made for a barbecue grill

You will need steel wool pads. The best ones are the ones that have soap in them.

The next thing you will need is dish soap.

The next item will be a sponge and a dish cloth

Cooking oil that comes in a spray

Now you will need baking soda

And for now the last item will be tin foil out of your kitchen.

Bbq Maintenance-Brushing

When it comes to bbq maintenance brushing the grill is something that should be done on a regular basis.

You want to make sure you are using a brush that is suitable for a barbecue. The right kind of brush to be using is a brass brush.

It is important to make sure you brush off all the surfaces when it comes to bbq maintenance. Using the brush allows a hands off but safe approach.

As long as you make brushing your barbecue off a regular thing then you will be avoiding future build up that in reality is just gross.

If you decide routine brushing isn't needed you will notice stuff building up and then when you do go to clean it then you will realize its just not that easy of a job because stuff will be built up.

Not to mention that you could be setting yourself up to be sick if you don't do your regular bbq maintenance.

Bbq Maintenance-Cooking Oil

So you have done all the brushing and you are sure there is nothing left on the grill its time to continue with your bbq maintenance.

The first thing you want to do is make sure there is no heat left coming from the grill.

The next step will be to spray the grill with a light spray of cooking oil.

The biggest thing the cooking oil will do is fight any rust that attempts to get through.  Rusty food just doesnt taste right.

It is very important to make sure the barbecue is completely cooled.  A hot barbeque could ignite the oil you are spraying on and that could lead to damage or injury.

This is just another tip when it comes to bbq maintenance.

Bbq Maintenance-Baking Soda And Tin Foil

One of the best items you can find at home for polishing and cleaning your barbecue is baking soda.

The key is to make sure all the grime and build up is cleaned up first then you can go after your barbecue with baking soda to give it a shine.

If done properly you can always keep your barbecue looking almost as good as the day you bought it.

You can even use baking soda on any knobs and handles and especially in places where the wire brush couldn't get into.

Another way to keep your barbecue looking good is by using tin foil.  While this does work it can easily become a pain as the foil will get wrecked at every barbecue.

At the end of the day its all about bbq maintenance and how much you are willing to do.

Bbq Maintenance-Your Grills

When it comes to bbq maintenance you really need to pay close attention to the racks.

This is so important because of course the racks are where the food is going to touch.

The first tool you will use is the wire brush to remove as much grime as possible.

The next step will be to use soap and water on your grills.

If you find the grills to be too dirty to clean up then steel wool may be what you need to use.

One key when you use soap is to make sure you have the grills completely rinsed off before you ever cook on them again.  This is a big and important point when it comes to bbq maintenance.

Bbq Maintenance-Take Care Of Problems

When it comes to bbq maintenance most of your problems come into play because you haven't taken proper care and cleaned your barbecue properly.

In most cases if the food cooking just doesn't seem to be right there is a good chance that can be solved by a simple cleaning.

If you clean it and its still having problems at least when you do get it fixed you don't have to be embarrassed of a dirty barbecue.

One of the biggest ways to protect your barbecue is to make sure it is protected from the elements. You will be able to find a cover for pretty much any barbecue available.

The biggest thing if you want to maintain and keep your barbecue for a long time is to do all the right things including proper bbq maintenance.


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    • Dale Mazurek profile image

      Dale Mazurek 8 years ago from Canada

      Yes Kaie I think you better lol



    • Kaie Arwen profile image

      Kaie Arwen 8 years ago

      Thanks for all of the really helpful hints............ but do I have to?

      Kaie :-)

    • Dale Mazurek profile image

      Dale Mazurek 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for all the comments. It really isnt that much work if you are consistant with each time yo0u barbecue.



    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      A very thorough hub. Thank you. But too much work.

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      lmmartin 8 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      I knew there was a reason I don't own a barbeque (aside from the fact I don't eat a lot of meat.) Now I know -- too much work. Thanks for reaffirming my decision. Lynda

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      drbj and sherry 8 years ago from south Florida

      Dale - what a thorough hub on Bbq maintenance, grills and supplies. Can't think of a single thing you've omitted. You are definitely a barbeque "maven."

      Thanks again for the link. It is much appreciated.