When the sun comes out, there is nothing like gathering your friends and family around for a BBQ. Even better than the BBQ itself is noticing your neighbors suddenly start up their own BBQ after seeing yours.
You are a trend setter and now the whole neighborhood is having a wonderfully sunny cook out because of your BBQ.
The only down side to a BBQ is the mess. The dirty plates, the burnt sausages, and worst of all the ash stained BBQ itself. If you decide not to clean the BBQ at all, you will end up with an overly smokey and ashy taste at your next party!
Imagine it. You look over the fence and see your neighbors are cooking with a sparkly clean grill, but back in your own garden your friends and family are smiling through a grimace as you serve them ashy burgers and smoked out sausages.
This summer, you should get yourself a BBQ which is easy to clean!
Which BBQ type is easiest to clean?
There are generally 2 types of BBQs: Charcoal Barbecues, and Gas Barbecues. Each one will have a cleaning method and in reality, if you clean the BBQ after each use, each one should be easy to clean.
But right now, we are looking for the easiest type of barbecue to clean! Without looking at each BBQ that is on the market, and scrolling through the depths of the internet to really tell which one to pick, we are going to explain which type is the easiest.
The easiest to clean barbecue is a gas barbecue!
Gas Barbecues don’t use coal, so when it’s time to clean up the mess of your family cookout, there won't be any ash to sweep out!
Ash is the toughest material to clean off your BBQ as it hardens the fat of the meat which you cooked earlier and mixes it into a paste to attach itself to the grill.
Because gas barbecues avoid this problem, there is no need for you to empty out the ash containers and fiddle around with a bin liner to make sure you don’t drop any ash on the floor. That whole element of the cleaning process can be ignored by gas barbecue users.
Instead, the only thing that gas barbecue users need to clean is the grill!
How to clean a BBQ Grill
To clean a BBQ grill, you need the right equipment and a bit of time. No matter which type of BBQ you have, cleaning the grill is a necessary step needed by all.
In your arsenal, you will need a long handled wire brush, a 5 gallon bucket, grease cutting dish soap, white vinegar, and baking soda!
Once you have all your equipment, you can start the cleaning process. The first thing you want to do is fire up that BBQ! Make sure you close the hood so the BBQ can reach its full temperature.
This is so the BBQ can burn off any remaining grease or food which has stuck to the grill. Wait for at least 30 minutes as the BBQ burns this off.
Next, you want to get your wire brush wet with a warm bucket of soapy water. Once it’s damp start scrubbing the grates to get the carbon and ash off. You won’t be able to clean it completely like this, but it will give you a head start for the next step.
Before you leap ahead, when you’ve managed to scrape off all the ash and debris that you can, you should turn off the gas and let the grill cool down.
Now that the grill has cooled down, you can submerge the grates into your tub of warm soapy water. Leave them in there for at least 30 minutes, whilst the grease cutting soap does its job.
Whilst the grill is soaking, you can start to wipe down the body of the BBQ to make it sparkly clean. Use your wire brush to scrub down everything.
If any of the gunk seems too stubborn for your grease cutting soapy water, then it’s time to bring out the white vinegar and baking soda.
Creating a paste, mix the vinegar and baking soda together, and apply a thick layer onto the stubborn areas. Leave it for a while, and when you’re ready, start to scrub it again.
Once the scrubbing is done, you can do the same for the grates you had soaking. When all the ash and chunks have been wiped away, rinse off the surfaces to avoid rusting. And there you have it, your BBQ is clean.
What is the easiest BBQ to clean?
If you want an easy answer to this question, then the Weber Original Kettle is currently considered to be the easiest to clean BBQ on the market. Even though it is a charcoal grill and not a gas grill, the statement still stands.
This is due to the fact that it only has one burner, so there is less of the barbeque to clean, the grill is easy to remove and thin so the grease won't stick to the grill as easily, and the pit which the coal sits in is easy to empty!
It is a small BBQ and starts up slowly, but if you want an easy to clean BBQ and don’t want to pay a super high price, then the Weber Original Kettle is the one for you!