The penny pinching pros at have put together nine budget friendly ways to clean the barbecue which include using half a bottle of beer. Maintaining a clean barbecue is essential for multiple reasons, not only will it cook better quality food but it’s also safer and more hygienic.

Grease build up can be both a fire hazard and a breeding ground for bacteria and germs. Cleaning the barbecue doesn’t have to be an expensive job with surprising items including onions and even beer handy at removing remaining food, oil and grease

John Stirzaker, consumer expert at NetVoucherCodes said: “We’re approaching barbecue season and it’s important to clean the barbecues early so that you’re not rushing to clean it when the sun comes out. Cleaning the barbecue before and after you use it is the best way to maintain it and get the most life out of it.

“It doesn’t have to be a big job, in fact, it can be pretty quick and cheap and there are a few things you can do to make it easier for yourself like removing any food that may be stuck to the grill while it’s hot. Other cleaning hacks include using a vinegar spray and even cleaning with an onion!”

How to clean the BBQ on a budget:

Heat it up

Before cooking on your grill for the first time this year, heat it up to try and remove any stuck-on food. This should burn off the most stubborn remains.

Steam clean

Once your BBQ has started to cool down, cover the grill with water-soaked newspaper and close the lid. Leave it shut for 30 minutes to give it a good steam clean.

Clean with an onion

While there’s still some heat in your grill, attach an onion to a fork and rub over the hot bars. The water in the onion steam cleans them and removes any stuck-on food.

Vinegar spray

Mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the grill and leave for ten minutes. Empty the bottle, refill with just vinegar, spray on and then scrub to clean the grill and its interior.


Try soaking your grill and utensils in coffee for hard to remove food remains. The acid in the coffee loosens up caked-on dirt.

Baking soda

Sprinkle baking soda on the grill and also dissolve some in water. Use a sponge with a scourer to scrub until all the baking soda is gone and the grill is sparkling.


Pour half a bottle of beer onto a warm grill and scrub with some newspaper or a wire brush. Your grill will be sparkling in no time.

Scrubbing the remains

If there are still bits on your grill, scrub them with hot, soapy water. If you don’t have a BBQ grill brush, scrunch up some foil and use that instead.

Scrubbing the outside

Once the inside of your BBQ is sparkling, don’t forget to give the outside a good wash down. Hot soapy water and plenty of elbow grease are all you need for this.

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