The crew challenge this week (BBq and Grilling) left me a bit stumped initially and then well… I ran into a problem. That problem gave me a solution. Cleaning the Weber BBQ.
You know what I did the other day?
I cleaned our BBQ. Do you want to know why?
The last time we used it… I couldn’t put it out! The fire that resulted after use was, well, rather frightening! We got it out using a liberal amount of baking soda.. NOTE.. I need to add baking soda to my shopping list!
So… let’s talk cleaning a bbq! I will be using affiliate links to make it easy to talk about what I did.
We own a weber. It has got to be one of the nicest bbq’s I have ever had. Hubby did a pile of research before we purchased it. Our criteria. Needed to be transportable. Able to run on either a propane cylinder, or one of those smaller tubes or a line. We needed to be able to get long hose attachments for it depending on what our camping set up. AND it needed to be good for at home use as well. It needed to be easy to clean. This BBQ does it all for us. Feel free to learn more on the Weber BBQ page.
Oh boy, has our bbq travelled with us. Trips up to the near north, camping for 1-2 weeks at a time. Trips to Toronto for short stays while sight-seeing, to the beach for picnic Sundays, to the park to celebrate birthdays and well… in our own lovely backyard as well. 🙂 Fits six burgers nicely which is perfect for our family, 8 can be squeezed on if needed.
The Preceding Issue
It comes with a catch basin for grease, which needs to be cleaned out regularly. Normally this is done at the end of the camping season (Novemberish). Tray is usually 3/4’s full at the point and realitively easy to do.
Guess what we (I) forgot to do this year? I’m blaming COVID year. Guess what caught fire?
Oh boy, don’t think I’ll forget to do that again!!! (Covid not withstanding!)
It was in all aspects a rather glorious fire. Would have been perfect in a campfire situation, but on on a grill.. perhaps not so much. 🙂
Cleaning the Weber BBQ
Honestly, I wish I had taken the time to get more pictures. I have none of the BBQ actually on fire, we were too busy dealing with the problem. 🙂
We used baking soda to put out the fire. Water and grease don’t mix. Closing the lid didn’t remove enough airflow. So smothering it with baking soda was the best option. Arm and Hammer in case anyone’s interested. 🙂
I’m going to say this as clearly as I can. Next time I clean the bbq.. I will wear disposable gloves. BBQ grease.. honestly, it’s disgusting! It’s black, and clingy and well… ICK! Stains the hands and gets under fingernails. So WEAR DISPOSABLE GLOVES!
The Ease of a Weber BBQ
Weber BBQ’s pull apart easily. Remove the top grill simply by lifting it off. Pull out the catch tray. Removing the tray will open up the hole in the bottom of the bbq.
The BBQ itself was easy enough to clean. Pull out the icky tray, use a metal flipper to scrap out the ick into the garbage bag. Use the same scraper to knock out the build up inside the BBQ into a pail (handy hole in the bottom of the grill is great!). Dump that into the compost.
Get a large tote of some sort, place the catch pan on the bottom, place the grill on top of the catch pan. Sprinkle baking soda liberally over the top of it all. Add vinegar enough to cover the grill at least a bit. Let that whole works just sit and bubble as long as you want. I left it over night.
DO NOT make the same mistake I did. Do not use your newest dishbrush, use an old ratty one! It will get permanently stained black and be greasy to the touch. Likewise use old steel scourers. Wash with good hot water and catch the gick with one of those kitchen sink catchers (mine is like this but green). You’ll want to run hot water down your drain for a bit just to make sure no grease is left floating in your trap.
I used a knife to knock lose accumulated particles. Looks so much better than when I started!
My 16 year old was unexpectedly rather interested in this whole process. “How you going to clean that mess mom? What caused it? Ohh…that’s gross! You going to use up that whole box? Need me to get the vinegar?” He would have gotten right in there with me… but you know… broken arm …. cast… can’t get it filthy too quickly!
He was as fascinated as I was by the chunks floating off in the bubbly soda-vinegar mixture. Memories of all those past volcanoes….. THIS is where teaching and letting a child experiment has paid off! 🙂 Let science do the work. It certainly made cleaning the weber bbq easy.
Have you had to clean your bbq? Or is this one of the things that have been forgotten? Go do it eh? Prevent a fire!