Like everything else, your Weber barbecue deserves a little maintenance once in a while. Using the right products extends the lifetime of your barbecue and keeps it looking like new all year-round.
Weber barbecues do the bulk of the cleaning work themselves. All you have to do is preheat on a high heat until the food residue burns off. Remnants can then be easily removed from the cooking grate when it is still hot using the specially designed brushes.
Clean or change the grease trays regularly. This will further prevent the risk of fire from grease build up.
Burn off grates at a high heat, brush down and, if necessary, use a Weber grate cleaner.
Only clean enamel and outer barbecue parts with a special barbecue cleaner.
CAUTION: Only clean cast iron by hand. Never put it in the dishwasher!
Useful tools to make cleaning hassle-free:
Gloves: Since barbecue grills can sometimes get greasy, it’s a good idea to wear some rubber gloves before getting started
Grill brushes: A true staple for cleaning barbecue, these brushes typically have steel bristles and come in a variety of sizes.
Scraping tool: A plastic barbecue scraping tool is ideal for loosening residual grease from inside your burner.
Sponge: A two-sided sponge with a non-scratch scourer is a bonus for targeting tough stains.
Microfibre cloth: A gentle cloth for wiping and polishing the exterior of your barbecue – ideal for both stainless steel and enamel models.
Drip pans: Use these trays as a preventative measure: placed at the bottom of the grill they collect grease and make disposal easier.
Cleaning Charcoal Barbecues
When rolling up your sleeves to start, its best to concentrate your efforts on s: when meat sears, it releases fats and juices that can prompt flares if they make contact with the coals underneath. A great way to abate this happening is by using an indirect heating method or by using a drip pan.
Start cleaning your gas barbecue by disconnecting your gas tank; consult your owner’s manual for directions on your specific model.
Next, brush the grates to remove any food debris, then spray your grate cleaner and let it settle for 30 seconds. After, scrub the grates with the abrasive side of your sponge, rinse with water and set aside for drying.
Spray the grate cleaner inside the cookbox and on the Flavorizer bars and let settle for 30 seconds. Scrape the grease and debris off with a plastic scraper and set the flavouriser bars aside and clean with a sponge.
Wipe down the cookbox, drip tray and bottom tray: use a brush when needed. Be careful not to splash water onto the burner tubes.
Make sure your barbecue dries thoroughly before reassembling your barbecue and finishing your grates with a non-stick spray.
Cleaning the outside of your gas barbecue:
Apply the appropriate cleaner spray (enamel or stainless steel) onto all the enamel or steel parts.
Wipe off the spray with a microfiber cloth. Note: if cleaning a stainless steel exterior, wipe in the direction of the grain to avoid scratching.
Rinse the frames/panels with lukewarm soap water and a sponge.
Dry thoroughly with a microfibre cloth.
Use a spider brush to clean the burner tube air intake.