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5 Natural Tips for a Really Clean Barbecue

It’s that time of year again. We hope for great weather and the chance to cook outdoors. But how do you get your barbecue grill clean after each outing? With these simple, and natural, tips, your barbecue will be the envy of the neighbourhood.

Use an Onion.

Whilst the barbecue is still warm, but not really, really hot, spear an onion with a fork and rub it over the hot bars of the grill. The water in the onion will steam clean the bars, and stuck on food will come right off.

Vinegar spray.

Mix 500 ml each of water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray onto the grill, leave for 10 minutes and then scrub the grill and barbecue interior.


As strange as it sounds, you can soak the grill and utensils in coffee to loosen and remove burnt on food. The acid in the coffee loosens the dirt.

Baking Soda

Sprinkle it onto the grill and then dissolve some in water. Use a scourer to scrub until all the baking soda is gone and the grill is sparkling clean.


If you pour half a bottle of beer onto a warm grill and then scrub it with newspaper or a wire brush, depending on how badly encrusted the dirt is, this will soon leave your grill sparkling clean.

Once your grill area is sparkly clean, don’t forget the base. It’s really important to remove old ash and coals once they are cold and before you start cooking again. Tip them into a bucket and use damp kitchen towels to pick up any remains then give it a really good wash down with warm soapy water.

And that’s it. You are ready to grill again.


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