Starting with a clean grill will make cooking easier as food is less likely to stick and burn, but this doesn’t have to mean hours of scrubbing and expensive cleaning products.
- A hot barbecue is easier to clean than a cold one, so fire it up before starting.
- Light grease on the bars can be rubbed off with the cut side of an onion (skewer with a barbecue fork or hold with tongs) for a cheap, chemical-free cleaner.
- If the dirt is a bit more stubborn and burnt on, try loosening it first with steam. Let the flames die down a little then cover the grill with newspaper soaked in cold water. Cover with a lid and leave for about 30 minutes. Remove the newspaper and the dirt should now easily rub off.
- Scrumpled up tin foil makes a great scrubbing tool, no need for a fancy brush!