7 simple tips and tricks to clean your BBQ like a real grill master

Learn how to clean and store your BBQ in 7 simple steps. This will increase its lifespan and you will avoid any bacteria growth.


Follow these expert tips and tricks to prepare your BBQ for the summer season. Not only does taking care of your BBQ prevent the spread of bacteria and parasites but it is also an excellent way to keep your grill for numerous years. 

Make sure you follow these pro tips properly!

Materials and supplies:

  • Dry clothes;
  • Bucket;
  • Hot water;
  • Dishwashing liquid;
  • Sanding tool for the grill (buy one made for your type of grill);
  • Vegetable oil;
  • Lubricating oil (for example WD-40);
  • Remove the cover or the tarp to catch the debris.


Before you start cleaning the grill, make sure you read the cleaning recommendations from the manufacturer since it can be different from what we suggest.

1. Clean the BBQ grills

  • Turn on your BBQ and let it heat up for about 10 to 15 minutes;
  • Turn it off and use your grill brush to remove stuck food from the grill;
  • Once your BBQ is completely cooled, you may need to wash it again to remove all the remaining fat and food;
  • Remember to clean the top grill if there is one;
  • Once clean and dry, oil your grill to protect it during the winter.

Here are some other tips for cleaning and maintaining your BBQ grill.

Turn off the power and disconnect the fuel source

  • Once the power is off and the grill is cold, place a tarp or cloth under your grill to collect greasy food and debris (which can stain your patio);
  • For long-term storage, it makes sense to disconnect the fuel source;
  • You can prevent spiders or insects from making their home inside the tube of your BBQ by wrapping it in plastic wrap;
  • For charcoal grills, remove all ashes from the barbecue and place them in a metal tray. Never remove the ashes while they are still hot!

Remove and clean flame screens, burners and Venturi tubes

  • Remove and clean the flame screens, taking care to remove grease and dirt;
  • Some gas grills have removable burners and Venturi tubes. Venturi tubes help to mix air and gas: very often spiders can make a nest in the tubes. When cleaning these parts, check for blocked or rusty holes. Blockages in the burner or venturi tubes can cause unintentional fires, so it is important to clean them regularly. Always read your owner’s manual before removing burners or venturi tubes, as reconnecting them may be dangerous;
  • Leave the burners attached if you do not know how to remove or install them properly.

2. Clean grease parts and internal parts

  • Food and fat can fall into the grill cavity and you will want to clean it. It may be easier to brush it down on your tarp;
  • All stainless steel parts can be cleaned with a stainless steel cleaner and cloth. It is not recommended to use an oven cleaner as it can harm surfaces and chemical residues are very harmful to the lungs;
  • For charcoal BBQs, be sure to remove cold ash from the bottom, as it can create moisture during the winter;
  • Use a cloth to wipe the interior cavity.

3. Cleaning the exterior

  • The outside of your grill should also be cleaned. Use a stainless steel cleaner (or vinegar cleaner) to remove grease and dirt from the outside;
  • There are special cleaning products you need to use for plastic. You can also use hot soapy water.

4. Lubricate mobile parts

Mobile parts will work better with a little WD-40 lubricant. This lubricant can also help prevent rust, eliminate and avoid fingerprints on stainless steel.

5. Take care of your propane tank

  • Your propane tank can be disconnected from the gas grill and stored during the winter. The tanks must always be stored on a flat, dry and non-flammable surface such as concrete;
  • Water, especially stagnant water, can rust the tank so keep the tank out of wet grass or dirt;
  • Store the tank in a well-ventilated place outside.

6. Use a potato to clean your BBQ!

Cleaning your barbecue without too much difficulty is possible. To do this, take a raw potato, cut it in half and rub the grill of your heated BBQ from top to bottom.

It is the starch in the potato that prevents food from sticking. The potato also removes grease from your grills, ovens and hoods. Isn’t that fantastic?

Source: In Style