How to Care for your BBQ to Make Your Grilled Meat a Treat

It’s coming up to that big weekend where you start to celebrate the coming of the Australian summer. The temperature stays consistently warm, the grass is freshly mown, and you have guest coming over to enjoy the first real BBQ of the season. Don’t let them down with a poorly maintained grill. Not only does it look bad, your food just won’t be any good.

And nobody wants to hear the dreaded phrase, “Why don’t we just cook it inside tonight?”

The Myths of Grilling

One of the biggest myths (regardless of whether your grill is gas or charcoal) is that those little black flecks on your grill are flavour enhancers and make the food taste great.

That’s just simply not true. A well-prepared grill that is cleaned and oiled is the key to great tasting grilled food.

Outdoor BBQs are cleaned much differently to indoor appliances. They require a full cleaning at the beginning of the season, both on the grill and under it to ensure your weekend isn’t spoiled by bad food. The hot plates are just the beginning, with the burners, flame tamers and drip tray / grease pan all need regular cleaning, as well as hose connections and gas bottle all need to be in good condition.

Safe Grilling Tips

If you want to avoid a BBQ disaster this weekend, take the time to prepare your grill to get the most out of it.

  • Clean all the BBQ parts. It’s not going to be needed every weekend, but if it’s been a while since your last bbq, and in this season that’s most likely true, it’s best to prepare and clean each component of the BBQ.
  • Clear out the drip tray / grease pan. Most people assume that a clean BBQ plate is all that’s required to ensure safe grilling. Most people neglect the drip tray / grease pan that catches all that fat from the meat. This can easily catch fire and quickly spread. Cleaning out this pan is absolutely essential to avoid any unwanted burns, on the food or on yourself.
  • Pre-heat your grill. You can’t just toss the food on the grill as soon as you click the burner on. You need time to allow the temperature to rise, both on the plate and under the hood. A good rule of thumb is to preheat your bbq for 5 to 10 minutes before preparing to cook.


Grilled food just tastes better. Give yourself a thorough BBQ cleaning with BBQ Rescue this season. We have over 15 years of expertise on keeping your BBQ clean, maintained, and ready for grilling. Call us today to book your own barbecue rescue.