Five tricks for a cleaner BBQ

A few cheap and easy tricks can stop your barbecue from turning into an oily, rusty mess.

An ounce of prevention...

It's almost summer time in Australia, and between trips to the beach and blister-inducing sunburn, the warm, familiar smell of barbecue will soon start wafting across the land.

In the interest of good grilling, we've put together a few tips that'll help make the job of cleaning your BBQ a little easier – that may or may not involve a pile of kitty litter.

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5 tricks for keeping your BBQ clean

First things first: have you actually cleaned your barbecue since last summer? We know, everyone gets a bit slack, especially on those long and lazy January Sundays, and cleaning the barbie is the last thing on your mind. But once you've cleaned it properly (check out the video below, or head over to our full BBQ cleaning guide), you can make the job easier the next time by following these tips each time you use your barbie:

  1. Line the drip tray with foil and kitty litter.
  2. Cook marinated foods in a baking tray.
  3. Lightly oil meat instead of covering the whole hotplate, when BBQing a meat dish. Coating the hotplate just adds extra cleaning.
  4. Cover the hotplates with Teflon-coated sheets instead of foil.
  5. Keep some fat and grease from the previous cook, to protect the plates from rust.

Video: How to clean your barbecue