How to Clean a Weber BBQ

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How to Clean a Weber BBQ
Take proper care of your grill to extend its life. (steaks on grill image by jimcox40 from

Weber BBQ grills are a popular brand of gas and charcoal grills designed with the home chef in mind. Made from steel and designed for many years of use with proper care, Weber grills are available from patio supply, home, hardware and big box stores. Proper care and maintenance is essential to the longevity of Weber grills. With a few basic supplies and time, most grilling gurus can easily clean and extend the life of their Weber grills for many years.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Weber gas or charcoal grill
  • Container for ash coals
  • Wire grill brush
  • Small scoop
  • Small brush
  • Steel wool pads
  • Mild detergent
  • Rag
  • Paint scrape or putty knife

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    Charcoal Grill

  1. 1

    Clean the grate of your Weber grill with a wire brush. Remove any baked on residue that remains from cooking. Work the wire brush along the top, bottom and sides of the grate as well as into the joints where the grate wires connect.

  2. 2

    Remove the coals and ash from the grill when cool. Allow any remaining coals and ash to completely cool, and remove them with an scoop or trowel. Place the ash and coal in a container for proper disposal. Use a small brush to collect remaining ash and sweep to the centre of the grill. Scoop the remaining ash out for disposal.

  3. 3

    Remove any heavy deposits of cooking residue from the inside of the lid with the wire brush. Use only enough pressure to remove the residue.

  4. 4

    Wipe down the inside and outside of the lid with a mild detergent and water solution. Wipe off the soapy solution with clean water and dry thoroughly with a cloth to prevent rust.

    Gas Grill

  1. 1

    Remove residue from the grill grate with a wire brush. As with the coal grill, work the brush over all sides of the grate and into the connecting joints.

  2. 2

    Remove the catch pan from the grill when it is cool. Empty and clean the catch pan with soapy water. Replace the liner in the catch pan with a new one if using a liner.

  3. 3

    Pull the bottom pan from the grill and remove any drippings or debris from cooking. Use wire brush and gently work any debris loose. Wash the pan with soapy water and rinse with clean water. Dry the pan before placing back in the grill.

  4. 4

    Wipe down the inside of the grill lid, warming racks, control knobs and other parts that may have grease on them. Use a mild soapy solution to wipe off the grease, and wipe again with water only. Dry any metal parts to help prevent rust.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use oven cleaner on a Weber grill to remove baked on food and debris as this can damage the paint.

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