Cleaning your BBQ grill chimney is probably the bit that people like the least about barbecues – scraping up dirt and grease is never fun, but if you want to enjoy another barbecue and have the food taste good and be safe to eat, then it is a job that needs to be done.
A greasy, dirty grill is a haven for germs and bacteria, so you should clean your grill and BBQ chimney every time you use it, otherwise your next BBQ could make your friends and family very ill! This article will give you some tips to make the cleaning task that little bit easier.
Top Tips For Cleaning Your Grill Grate
When you are done cooking, you will need to let the coals die out. The grill must cool down before you start cleaning. You simply let it all sit while you eat your dinner with your whole family. Take your time and enjoy your barbecue. By the time dinner is done, the grill should be cool and ready for cleaning.
Start by using a stiff brush to remove any food residue from the grill grate. Next, coat ti with a thin film of oil and heat the grill for a few minutes to get rid of any remaining traces of food. Then allow the grill to cool before you put it away in a dry place until it is time for the next barbecue.
This will quickly clean the grill, leaving it ready to use, and ensuring that the grill is totally dry when you come to store it. Keeping the grill dry is very important, as excess moisture could cause the grill to rust. Heating the grill for a few minutes is the easiest way to ensure that it is dry when it is put into storage.
When To Clean a BBQ Chimney
The good news is you do not need to clean your BBQ chimney after every barbecue. The grease that accumulates in the chimney should not affect the taste of the food, and won’t contaminate your food. You should still clean it periodically, however – check the inside of the chimney, and if it you notice a lot of dark soot, it is time to brush the inside of the chimney down.