How to Clean Your Barbecue Grill Correctly Using OneTab Cleaning Tabs | OneTab Blog

by Crysta Hammond May 12, 2022

How to Clean Your Barbecue Grill Correctly

May 16 is National Barbecue Day, another exciting moment to share a grilled meal with friends and family.

But the perfect habitat for pathogens is a combination of built-up grease, old spoiled tiny pieces of meat and other debris. If spiders have made a home in your grill, it's time to brush off the cobwebs! You need a squeaky-clean grill to get ready for the day!

It’s easy and you don’t need harmful chemicals to clean your BBQ grill. The wrong cleaning agent can affect the taste of your barbecue and be dangerous to your health. An effective cleaning tablet combined with the right process is all you need.

Luckily, we’ve done the research for you. In this article, we will explain the process in the simplest way possible! All you need is:

This cleaning method uses 2 different cleaning tablets that serve two different purposes.

The All Purpose Cleaning Tab helps to soften tough fats, oil and dirt
The hydrogen peroxide in OneTab Kitchen Cleaner kills 99.9% of pathogens

Note: DO NOT MIX CLEANING TABLETS/SOLUTION. 

Now let's get started. The most common types of BBQ are natural/propane gas and charcoal.


How to Clean a Gas BBQ Grill in 8 Easy Steps 

Gas Barbecue

1. Burn off Previous Residues

  • Heat the grill to burn-off previous residues. 30 minutes is enough. Allow the barbeque to cool off completely prior to continuing. 

2. Disconnect fuel source

  • Safety comes first, so always remember to disconnect the grill from its fuel source before you start cleaning. 

3. Dismantle & Remove Grill Plates

  • Remove all detachable parts of the grill. 
  • Remove the grease/drip tray. It is usually accessible by sliding it out from the back of the unit or underneath the unit after opening the door. Remove any residues with a paper towel. 

4. Clean Interior Components

  • Add 1 tablet OneTab All Purpose Cleaner to each litre of warm water in the bucket. Stir to dissolve. 
  • Insert each grill plate into the bucket and let soak in the cleaning solution for 5-10 minutes. 
  • Take out one plate at a time, and using a sponge, BBQ brush or a rag, scrub off the fats and debris. Don't forget the sides. Set them aside. 

5. Disinfect grill Plates

  • Spray each plate with OneTab Kitchen Cleaner until the entire surface is wet. Let sit 5 minutes. 
  • Using a bucket of clean warm water and a sponge/rag, rinse and wipe all pieces. 

6. Clean The Interior of The Unit

  • Spray the interior of the hood and the interior walls with OneTab All Purpose Cleaner until really wet. You need the solution to sit on the surface for 5 minutes without drying up to help soften up the oily/grease residue.
  • Using a bucket of clean warm water and a sponge/rag, wipe down the interior of the unit. 

7. Clean Exterior of The Unit

  • Spray the exterior of the unit with OneTab All Purpose Cleaner. Allow to sit 5 minutes.
  • Wipe clean with a rag and warm water. Clean the top, hood, sides, doors and knobs. Don't forget to clean the cabinet under the barbeque!
    Note: if the unit is brushed stainless steel, wipe in the direction of the grain.

8. Reassemble

  • Reattach all the grills and the fuel source. Allow to air-dry. Now you're ready for a summer of BBQ'ing fun!

How to Clean a Charcoal BBQ Grill in 7 Easy Steps

A charcoal BBQ grill

The grill grates of your charcoal barbeque may form rust over time. And those crusty carbon deposits from the past winter cold can be toxic when you ingest them.

1. Dismantle & Remove Grill Plates

  • Remove all detachable parts of the grill. 
  • Empty the ash in the ash catcher. Brush out the residue with the grill brush.

2. Remove Charcoal

  • Using gloves, remove pieces of charcoal and other debris. Place aside. 
  • If reusing the charcoal, separate the larger piece of charcoal from other debris. 

3. Clean Interior Components

  • Add 1 tablet OneTab All Purpose Cleaner to each litre of warm water in the bucket. Stir to dissolve. 
  • Insert each grill plate into the bucket and let soak in the cleaning solution for 5-10 minutes. 
  • Take out one plate at a time, and using a sponge, BBQ brush or a rag, scrub off the fats and debris. Don't forget the sides. Set them aside. 

4. Disinfect grill Plates

  • Spray each plate with OneTab Kitchen Cleaner until the entire surface is wet. Let sit 5 minutes. 
  • Using a bucket of clean warm water and a sponge/rag, rinse and wipe all pieces. 

5. Clean The Interior of The Unit

  • Spray the inside of the bowl and the interior of the hood with OneTab All Purpose Cleaner until really wet. You need the solution to sit on the surface for 5 minutes without drying up to help soften up the oily/grease residue.
  • Using a bucket of clean warm water and a sponge/rag, wipe down the interior of the unit. 

6. Clean Exterior of The Unit

  • Spray the exterior of the unit with OneTab All Purpose Cleaner. Allow to sit 5 minutes.
  • Wipe clean with a rag and warm water. Clean the top, hood, sides, doors and knobs. Don't forget to clean the cabinet under the barbeque!

7. Reassemble

  • Add charcoal as per normal.
  • Insert all grates, allow to air-dry. 
  • Oil the charcoal grill and heat for 15 minutes before you start cooking.

Tips to Maintaining Your Grill

  1. Always brush off residues using a high-quality grill brush before you use the grill.
  2. Oiling the grill prevents food from sticking to the grates. Using a folded paper towel and tongs, dip the towel in olive oil and wipe the grill.
  3. Cover the grate with aluminum foil. The foil helps to protect food from sticking to the grates. Add tiny holes in the foil to allow heat to pass through.



Crysta Hammond
Crysta Hammond

Author

Crysta Hammond first entered the marketing field in 2001 with a diploma in Multimedia Design & Communications. Throughout her career, Crysta has gained invaluable experience in marketing & graphic design with leading brands such as Harley-Davidson and Travel Alberta, and continues her ongoing quest for further education with diploma's in Social Media Marketing and is Google Analytics Certified. Today, Crysta is the VP of Corporate Branding & Design for GardGroup Inc and it's subsidiaries.



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