While some newer BBQs have "clean" options on their dial, that's for regular maintenance and not for a once a year cleaning. If you want to have your BBQ last, continue to work well and keep your meals safe, here are the tips you need to get your grill in tip-top shape for BBQ season this summer!
1. Get the right tools to clean the appropriate grill:
Throw out any tools that are losing bristles or not in good shape. They can do more damage then help, so spend the money on new ones each year.
2. The BBQ must be cool and disconnected to all fuel sources. Remove the interior pieces (grills, racks, grates, burners) and set these aside on some newspaper or a tarp.
3. Use wire brushes, soap and water to scrub the interior pieces before you reassemble the grill.
4. Replace briquettes or lava rocks every year. They help distribute heat evenly and help flavor food by vaporizing the drippings that fall on them.
5. If you BBQ is looking worn on the outside, no need to replace it just yet. Grab some paint at your local Walmart or hardware store and you can give it a quick makeover!
Your BBQ needs a major cleaning at least once a year, but don't forget to give it a good clean after each use. Scraping off stuck on food and debris will help it last longer and avoid transfer to your next grilled meal.
Remember that just a thin layer of vegetable oil before you grill, can help keep cleaning to a minimum and help with sticking.
Don't get stuck hosting a party when the gas tank runs out. Get a great gauge or keep a spare FULL tank in the garage.