Summer’s coming … it’s time to prepare your barbecue


It’s time to get your BBQ ready for those summer barbies and get rid of the grease and grime of summers past (yuck!).

We’ve all been guilty of leaving the clean-up a little late after enjoying a backyard cook-up, but don’t worry, we’ve got some great tips for cleaning your grill quickly and naturally.

When it comes to cleaning the barbecue, heat is your friend as the heat from the plate will make it easier to wipe away oils, fats, and residue that have been baked onto the surface. If your barbecue wasn’t cleaned properly after it was last used, turn the heat on to loosen all the gunk before you clean.

Another way to shift stubborn grime is to use a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar. Simply sprinkle some bicarb over the grill surface and fill a spray bottle with a 1:1 mix of white vinegar and water. Spray this mixture over the bicarb-covered cooking plate and leave it for 30 minutes, then scrub the surface with a wire barbecue brush. If you don’t have a wire brush ball up some newspaper or aluminium foil and use that to scrub away the grease and grit. When you’re done, wash the barbecue with warm water, and voila, you’re ready to get cooking.

Another great way to clean your barbecue is to use a lemon. It’s as easy as cutting a lemon in half and dipping the flesh into some coarse salt. Rub the salty lemon over the grill the combination of acid and the abrasive salt will leave your BBQ clean and fresh ready for a summer of outdoor cooking.

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