A braai (barbecue) is a beloved South African tradition, bringing people together over sizzling flames and delicious grilled food. However, maintaining your braai grid is essential for optimal cooking and to extend the life of your equipment. In this guide, we'll explore three effective methods on how to clean your braai grids, including the traditional "burning it off" technique and a unique tip using half an onion for ongoing maintenance.
Method 1: Burning it Off
The "burning it off" method is a classic technique that involves heating the braai grid to high temperatures to loosen grime, followed by using a steel brush to remove excess residue.
- Preheat the Braai: Start by firing up your braai and letting it reach a high temperature. Allow the heat to burn off any leftover food particles and grease on the grids.
- Brushing Off Residue: Using a sturdy steel brush, scrub the braai grid vigorously while it's still hot. The heat will have loosened the grime, making it easier to remove. Pay extra attention to any stubborn areas.
- Cool Down and Wipe: Allow the braai grid to cool down before wiping it with a damp cloth to remove any remaining debris. This will also help prevent the accumulation of ash on the grid.
Method 2: Soaking in a Cleaning Solution
For a deeper clean, consider soaking your braai grids in a cleaning solution to break down tough grease and grime.
- Remove the Grid: Take out the braai grid and place it in a large container or bathtub. Ensure there's enough space for the grid to be fully submerged.
- Create a Cleaning Solution: Mix a solution of warm water and a strong degreasing dish soap or a specialized grill cleaner. Let the grid soak for several hours or overnight.
- Scrubbing and Rinsing: After soaking, use a scrub brush or steel wool to remove loosened grime. Rinse the grid thoroughly with water to remove any soap residue.
- Dry Completely: Allow the braai grid to air-dry completely before placing it back into the braai.
Alternatively you can use our grid cleaning kit which includes a grid cleaning box, brush and spray.
Method 3: Onion Freshness Technique
To keep your braai grid fresh between cooking sessions, try this unconventional yet effective method using half an onion.
- Heat the Braai: Before cooking, heat the braai to a medium-high temperature.
- Slice an Onion: Cut an onion in half, preferably a white or yellow onion.
- Rub the Grid: Using a braai fork or tongs, rub the cut side of the onion along the hot braai grid. The onion's natural juices will help clean and sanitize the surface.
- Cook as Normal: Once the grid is seasoned with the onion, proceed to cook your food as usual. The onion residue will add a subtle flavour to your dishes.
Maintaining a clean braai grid is crucial for optimal grilling performance and the longevity of your equipment. Whether you prefer the traditional "burning it off" method, soaking and scrubbing, or the onion freshness technique, keeping your braai grid in top condition will ensure that every barbecue is a success.