How to clean your BBQ

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How to clean your BBQ

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Has your BBQ seen better days? Then it’s time for a spruce up! Here’s how to clean your barbie so it’s as good as new again.

Tools and materials

Aluminium foil  

BBQ cleaning scrubber       

BBQ wipes

Canola oil spray can        

Dish washing liquid         

Drip trays           

Fat-sorb cleaning agent

Long grill brush with scraper

Paper towels     

Rubber gloves

Tub for cleaning

Overview of tools and materials needed to clean a barbecue

Step-by-step guide

1. Turn off the BBQ

Before you start cleaning, make sure you’ve twisted the nozzle on your gas bottle to “off”. Now is also a good time to give your BBQ the once-over to check there are no leaks or cracks in your gas hose. If there are, it’s time to replace. If you’re good to go, disconnect your bottle and set to one side.

Bunnings team member closing the gas bottle of a barbecue grill

2. Clean your drip tray

Remove your drip tray from beneath your BBQ and grab a metal BBQ scraper. Scrape away the fat and place in one of your aluminium drip trays. This isn’t a pretty task, but it’s so, so satisfying. Once you’ve done this, use some BBQ wipes to remove excess grease and fat.

Cleaning a barbecue drip tray with a grate

3. Scrub your hotplates

It’s now time to attack those hotplates! The first thing you need to do is to fill some large buckets or a trough with hot, soapy water. Scrape away excess fat and grease with your scraper, then lift your grills off the BBQ and place them in your tubs – make sure you wash both sides so that you get any fat that may have dripped through (a metal scourer works best). Leave to soak while you go to the next step and place your drip tray in too if it’s still a bit dirty.

Cleaning barbecue grill in a water basin with a grate and soapy water

4. Wash the BBQ

Before you pop those grills and hotplates back on, get deep inside your BBQ and give it a really good scrubbing. BBQ Wipes are a relatively new invention – and an absolute lifesaver – but a word of warning: you’re going to need a lot if your BBQ is in need of some serious TLC. Save money and give it a good going-over with hot soapy water first.

Cleaning BBQ stove with BBQ wipes

5. Line your drip tray

Now your drip tray is sparkling, line it with aluminium foil and sprinkle some Fat-sorb on. This stuff looks like kitty litter but is actually designed to absorb fat, making your tray easier to clean in the future. It also minimises flare-ups and eliminates odours – genius! You’ll also only need to change it every 10 or so times you use your BBQ.

Pouring fat absorber onto BBQ drip tray

6. Apply oil to the hotplates

Now your hotplates are nice and clean, dry them off with paper towel and give them a good spray with cooking oil to leave a light coating – this will prevent rusting down the track. Pop them back on and you’re good to go! 

Using cooking spray to coat barbecue grill in oil

7. You're ready to grill!

Now you’ve got no excuses not to test-drive your beautifully clean BBQ!

Freshly cleaned barbecue

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