Is Your BBQ Leaking? 5 To-Dos Before You Ignite
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1. Have your cleaning supplies ready
You wouldn’t cook in a dirty kitchen, so why would you grill on a dirty barbeque? In order to sanitize and deep clean your grill, you will need the following to clean every nook and cranny of your barbeque:
2. Give your grill a good spring cleaning
- Start with the burners. It is easier to detach the burners and take them out of the grill for a very thorough cleaning. Pass a venturi brush through the burners to snag out any blockages then brush the tops of the burners using a brass wire brush.
- Check all of the burner ports to ensure that they are opened. If some are closed with food particles you can use a 1/16-inch drill bit to open them.
- Sear plates and cooking grills should be washed with hot soapy water. Simply brush the top side of your cooking grills with a little oil to re-season them.
- Hot soapy water works wonders on the cast base and sides of the grill and to remove grease splatters on the outside of the grill.
- For porcelain lids a thorough washing should suffice.
- For stainless steel lids a stainless steel cleaner should be used to remove any discoloring.
- Once the paint is dried, brush the cast aluminum with a little olive oil, this helps restore the luster and prevent oxidation.
- Lastly, use a spatula to scrape grease from the inside of the base all the way down towards the drip pan.
- Remove the drip pan and give it a good washing and be sure to replace the tin foil grease catcher.
3. Inspect all hoses and feed tubes
4. Do a complete leak test of the grill
5. Check all ignition parts
- For battery ignitions it is a good idea to replace the batteries with new ones.
- Check all electrode leads and ensure the tips of the electrodes are clean and have no grease or rust build up on them, if they do you can use sandpaper to clean them.