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How to clean a BBQ Grill

Updated: Oct 12, 2022

Who doesn’t love a good BBQ? The very mention of the word conjures memories of sunny summer afternoons spent with friends and family, feasting on delicious food fresh from the grill. While barbeques may well be the very best thing about summer, the cleaning up that comes after is just about the worst. From the caked grease and grime to the burnt residue of raw burger meat cooking over coal, cleaning a BBQ grill can be a difficult job. Luckily for us, however, there are many items found around your home and kitchen that act as the perfect cleaning agents for all your messy-grill woes. Whether you’ve got a mini portable grill or a big coal-fired piece, these BBQ grill cleaning hacks will have you grilling again in no time!

The Steam Clean

This method only works if it is done immediately after use. After a long day of grilling, as your grill begins to cool down slightly, but while it is still warm, cover the surface with a soaked newspaper, and snap the lid shut. The steam generated inside the grill is a great way to clean it. Once this is done use a grill brush with wire bristles to remove any remaining pieces of food still stuck to the grill. Steam cleaning is a quick and easy way to clean your grill.

The Onion Rub

While the grill is still hot, cut an onion in half, skewer it onto a fork, and rub over the hot grill surface. Onions, which have a high water content, are able to clean off those stubborn burnt food particles and grease residue with ease. Not only do onions have natural antibacterial properties, but if you’re cooking with charcoal, you can throw it in with the coals when you’re finished to add flavor to whatever you’re grilling. This is a low-cost, non-toxic method for cleaning your grill that is more effective than you would think.


Besides being the world’s most popular pick-me-up beverage, coffee is also great for those hard-to-remove caked-on dirt particles. Soak the grill and any greasy utensils in coffee. The acid found in coffee is great for loosening up these remaining particles of food and dirt. Giving you a grill that is ready to start cooking again once you’re done.


Spray a mix of about 500ml of vinegar and equal parts water over the grill and leave on for about 10 minutes, repeat this a few times and then scrub off the grill with a brush. This breaks the residue down and makes it easier to get rid of.

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