Clean up in your grill – naturally

Vegetables on a barbecue

It's sunny! A Bank Holiday weekend is on the horizon! It's National BBQ Week next week (May 29th to June 4th 2017)! This combo suggests there may be some barbies fired up in coming days, but cleaning up afterwards can be a faff.

Here, Steve Smith, award-winning Chef at the Michelin-starred Bohemia restaurant in St Hellier, Jersey, gives his top tips on cleaning your barbecue using natural products to prolong its life and to prevent food poisoning.

Preheat the grill
Clean the grill just after preheating it, this way the grease and food will scrape off easily.

Grab an onion
To remove all of the grit, place a half cut onion on the end of a fork and rub onto a hot grill.

Prevent rusting
Clean your grill with soapy water after cooking, then rinse and dry immediately and rub vegetable oil across the grill to prevent rust.

Don't throw water
If you are using a charcoal grill, then do not throw cold water over the coals after cooking as this will create a mess!

Crack open a beer
Pour half a bottle of beer over a heated BBQ then rub with newspaper for a clean grill. Then you enjoy the rest of the beer for yourself!

Create a paste
Mix baking soda and water to make a paste then cover the grill in it with a wire brush. Let it dry for 15 minutes then wipe the grill with a dry cloth and place it over the hot coals for 15 minutes to burn off any remains before cooking the food.

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