Easy BBQ cleaning guide
BBQ's are easier to clean while still warm. You don't want any conventional chemical cleaner residue in your BBQ, or any food preparation areas.
Clean with steam for a lid style BBQ:
Use an old metal baking dish, fill with water and place over a burner. You want it to boil slowly. Close lid. After around 15 minutes turn off the burner and leave for 15 minutes or so. You can so the same thing with a charcoal BBQ after cooking with residual heat. CAUTION: You don't want to open until the steam has dissipated, steam scalds, open the lid very slowly and very carefully.
• For a gas BBQ turn off and disconnect gas.
• Brush and/or scrape your grates and hot plates to remove *burned on food.
• Clean grates and hot plates with a bowl of warm water and a squirt of Orange Power Cleaner, which cuts through oils, fat and grease, and a stiff brush. Use Eco-Sponge for cleaning the inside. Sponge side is non-abrasive, sisal side is abrasive.
• Clean the drip tray.
• Clean outside with warm soapy water and a squirt of Dishwashing Liquid / All Purpose Cleanser sensitive (free from essential oils for fragrance) and Eco-Sponge.
• Re-assemble grates and hot plates.
• Reconnect gas bottle.
• Run the BBQ grill on high for 5 minutes to burn off any remaining water. Turn off and leave for 10 minutes or so.
• Apply cooking oil to iron grates and hot plates with a pastry brush, to re-season. Use a high smoke point cooking oil such as Avocado Oil smoke point 260C, Rice Bran Oil smoke point 255C or Canola Oil smoke point 204C. Turn on low/medium for 30 minutes to complete the re-season.
*TIP for burned on food
If burned on food is beyond just being able to brush off you can use a spoonful of Bleach Complex and Stain Remover in the laundry or garage tub with hot water, around 50C, and leave to soak overnight. It should brush off easily in the morning. Rinse well.