To make sure you’re food tastes its best, and to keep your BBQ looking good for years to come, a little bit of maintenance now will go a long way.
Give it a clean
Start by cleaning off the built up cooking residue. Clean the grill and hotplate with a BBQ degreaser, wash with warm soapy water and rinse. The main body should be cleaned with warm soapy water and a bit of elbow grease before rinsing. Stainless steel should be finished off with a purpose-made polisher for this surface. Don’t be tempted to use a heavy-duty oven cleaner on your BBQ. The caustic chemicals can leave residue on the cooking surface.
Check the Burners
Fire up your barbecue and check that the flame comes out of the burners evenly. If not, remove the burner and use a bottlebrush or paper clip to clear the blockage. Finish by tapping the open end of the burner on the ground to remove any debris. Replace the burner and turn the barbecue back on. Make sure that the flames are coming out evenly and that there are no leaks from the burners.
Clean the Drip tray
To prevent grease fires from starting and spoiling the taste of your food, you’ll need to clean the grease drip tray. Pull the drip try out from under the BBQ, throw out any absorbent material on it and give the tray a quick wash with soapy water. Spread aluminium foil over the tray followed by a new grease absorber over it. Kitty litter is a great budget option instead of specialist products. If you have heat rocks in your BBQ, change them on a regular basis as they can become saturated with grease.
Give it a once over
Make sure all the knobs and ignition switches are working correctly so it flames up at the right time and in the right amount. If your barbecue has a lid, make sure the thermometer is working so your outdoor baking goes off without a hitch.