How to clean and maintain a BBQ

leighton shearer
View the video

How to clean and maintain a BBQ

View the video
×

More D.I.Y. Advice

How To Design Your Outdoor Room 02:14

Outdoor Living How to design your outdoor room Make the most of your living and entertaining areas by creating an outdoor living room to enjoy with your family.

bbq

BBQ How to choose your BBQ Learn how to choose a BBQ with Bunnings Warehouse. Visit our DIY advice section for step by step tutorials, DIY inspiration and lots more.

clean bbq 03:51

BBQ How to clean and maintain a BBQ Here’s a few simple ways to clean and maintain your BBQ to ensure you get years of enjoyment and good cooking out of it.

gas bottles 01:56

BBQ How to be safe with gas bottles How to be safe with gas bottles is a step-by-step guide to gas bottle safety.

pouring water over gas bottle 00:25

BBQ How to tell if a gas bottle is empty Don't get caught out with an empty gas bottle when you have friends round for a BBQ. Simply follow this easy tip to find out how much gas is left in your bottle before your guests arrive.

smoker

BBQ How to use smoking chips Smoking chips are one of the easiest ways to introduce that delicious smoky flavour to your barbecuing. We’ll take you through some of the basics to help you introduce smoking chips to your repertoire.

BBQ accessories

BBQ The best BBQ accessories No barbecue is complete without some accessories – tongs, a cover and maybe even a light so you can see what you’re cooking. So before you start trying to turn those sausages over with your fingers, check out our guide to the best BBQ accessories.

Person dry laying the first row of stacked stones 04:29

Walls How to lay a stacked stone feature wall Find out how to install a stacked stone wall and create a stylish backdrop for your outdoor BBQ area.

Project Overview

Everyone loves a BBQ in the warmer weather but keeping it clean can be tricky. We’ve got a few simple ways to clean and maintain your BBQ to ensure you get years of enjoyment and good cooking out of it. Continue to step-by-step instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1 Turn off and disconnect the gas
2 Clean the tray
3 Clean the grills
4 Wash the barbecue
5 Apply oil to the grill plates
6 Add fresh fat absorber to the drip tray
7 Clean the outside of the barbecue
  • Step 1. Turn off and disconnect the gas

    Before you start cleaning your barbecue check that the gas hose isn’t cracked or has deteriorated. You’ll need to replace it if it is. Then turn off the gas bottle and disconnect the hose. It’s a good idea after each use to disconnect the gas bottle from the barbecue.
  • Step 2. Clean the tray

    Remove the tray from the barbecue and scrape away the excess fat on it. Thoroughly wash the tray in hot soapy water. You should wear dishwashing gloves when doing this as it will allow you to use hotter water, which will cut through the grease and fat.
  • Step 3. Clean the grills

    Scrape away any excess fat and cooked on food from the grills. Then thoroughly wash them in hot soapy water. Make sure you wash both sides of the grills to get rid of any fat that might have dripped underneath.
  • Step 4. Wash the barbecue

    Before putting the grills back, give the barbecue itself a good clean with hot soapy water and a soft scouring pad.
  • Step 5. Apply oil to the grill plates

    Wipe the grill plates dry with paper towel. Then spray both sides of the grill with canola oil to protect them. Put the grills and tray back in the barbecue.
  • Step 6. Add fresh fat absorber to the drip tray

    Line the drip tray with aluminium foil and put some fat absorber in the tray. The absorbers collect fat, preventing fat fires from occurring. Do not use kitty litter or sand for this because they create odours and encourage rust. Place the tray back under the grills. It’s a good idea to change the fat absorber after every 10 barbecues.
  • Step 7. Clean the outside of the barbecue

    BBQ wipes are a great way to keep the barbecue looking good between big clean-ups. Remember the better you take care of your barbecue the more years of great cooking you’ll get out of it.
How To Design Your Outdoor Room 02:14

Outdoor Living How to design your outdoor room Make the most of your living and entertaining areas by creating an outdoor living room to enjoy with your family.

bbq

BBQ How to choose your BBQ Learn how to choose a BBQ with Bunnings Warehouse. Visit our DIY advice section for step by step tutorials, DIY inspiration and lots more.

clean bbq 03:51

BBQ How to clean and maintain a BBQ Here’s a few simple ways to clean and maintain your BBQ to ensure you get years of enjoyment and good cooking out of it.

gas bottles 01:56

BBQ How to be safe with gas bottles How to be safe with gas bottles is a step-by-step guide to gas bottle safety.

pouring water over gas bottle 00:25

BBQ How to tell if a gas bottle is empty Don't get caught out with an empty gas bottle when you have friends round for a BBQ. Simply follow this easy tip to find out how much gas is left in your bottle before your guests arrive.

smoker

BBQ How to use smoking chips Smoking chips are one of the easiest ways to introduce that delicious smoky flavour to your barbecuing. We’ll take you through some of the basics to help you introduce smoking chips to your repertoire.

BBQ accessories

BBQ The best BBQ accessories No barbecue is complete without some accessories – tongs, a cover and maybe even a light so you can see what you’re cooking. So before you start trying to turn those sausages over with your fingers, check out our guide to the best BBQ accessories.

Person dry laying the first row of stacked stones 04:29

Walls How to lay a stacked stone feature wall Find out how to install a stacked stone wall and create a stylish backdrop for your outdoor BBQ area.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint Test.
Top of the content