How to Clean A BBQ In 7 Easy Steps

How to Clean A BBQ In 7 Easy Steps
How to Clean A BBQ In 7 Easy Steps

How to Clean A BBQ In 7 Easy Steps

Barbeques are growing in popularity around the world, but we all know that keeping your bbq clean can be a challenge. There are so many bbq cleaners out there, it’s hard to know which is the best bbq cleaner and what’s the best way to get a sparkling clean bbq. Barbecue cleaning can be made easier using these bbq cleaning hacks in conjunction with a few key bbq cleaning products:


Step 1: Make sure you have everything you need

There’s nothing worse than starting a job and finding out that you don’t have everything that you need to finish it. The trick to easily cleaning a bbq is to make sure that you have the right tools and supplies for the job, within reach. You’ll need the following for your barbeque cleaning:

  • A non-scratch scouring pad
  • A bbq brush – silver/golden bristle
  • Rubber gloves
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Bucket
  • Non-toxic degreaser
  • Stainless steel cleaner
  • Rags – either an old T-short or towel (don’t use a microfibre cloth)
  • A non-scratching scraper


Step 2: Clean the outside first

Dishwashing liquid, with hot water, in a bucket does the trick. Put on your gloves, and using the soft side of the sponge, clean the exterior. Rinse off and buff dry with a soft cloth. If there’s greasy build up then use the degreaser to remove the grease. Use a gentle stainless steel cleaner to clean the stainless steel; ensure that you wipe in direction of the grain.


Step 3- Knobs and handles

These are touch points and can get really dirty, apply a degreaser and let it sit for 5 – 10 minutes, and then wipe off.


Step 4- Bbq grill cleaning

Cleaning bbq plates takes a bit of effort, but it’s worth it. They can be made from either stainless steel, cast iron or be porcelain enamel coated. If they’re cast iron, use a wire bbq brush (golden bristles) to clean, or if they’re stainless steel or porcelain coated, use a stainless steel wire brush (silver bristles).

Remove the plates from the bbq and use your sponge with warm soapy water to clean them as well as the scraper, if required.


Step 5- Bbq stove cleaning

Use your non-scratch scraper followed by your sponge and soapy water to clean.


Step 6- Flavour bars

Remove the flavour bars and clean them with a degreaser, then wipe with your sponge and soapy water.


Step 7- The bottom and grease tray

 Use the scraper to remove carbonised grease, build up or fallen food from the bottom, then use your sponge and soapy water to wipe clean.

The grease tray needs to emptied every so often, so ensure that you don’t forget this step.


Cleaning a barbecue has never been so easy, but it costs. Don’t have the budget for it? Use a homemade bbq cleaner, bbq cleaning with vinegar is growing in popularity and does a similar job to other bbq cleaners.


For those that have a professional bbq, professional barbecue cleaning through a barbecue cleaning service might be the way to go. A bbq cleaning service will provide a bbq cleaning price to allow you to budget your weekly/monthly bbq maintenance and bbq service costs.

These bbq cleaning tips will make your life a lot easier and ensure that you enjoy your bbq to the max.