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July 20, 2012


Lubricate the Barbecue Grate

by BBQ Insanity

It’s really important to lubricate the barbecue grate.  Here’s a trick I picked up along the way.  Don’t know when, not sure where, but it works!

OnionIn this post we will explain how a humble onion can be used to prepare your barbecue and ensure that food does not stick to the cooking grate.  Who needs expensive non-stick surfaces or messy oils when all you need is a regular onion!

In a previous post, we discussed the process to clean the barbecue grate before cooking which is very important for reasons of cleanliness and hygiene.  Remember, the three step approach:

1. When the coals are good and hot, put them in the into the barbecue and put the cooking grate in place.  Cover the barbecue but ensure that the air vents in the lid are open so you don’t kill the fire.    Wait for a few minutes.  The intense heat will kill off all bacteria, and sanitize the grate.  It will also burn any remaining food particles to black char.  Although, if you cleaned the grate after your last cook out, this should not be an issue!

2.  Using a wire brush scrape any remaining chared particles from the cooking grate.  We recommend a barbecue wire brush which is specially designed for the job.

lubricate the barbecue grate with an onion 3.  Lubricate the barbecue grate.  This is where the onion comes into play.  Previously, we had told you to lightly brush kitchen paper dipped in olive oil along the grate.  As an alternative use an onion!  Simply cut an onion in half, and rub the inside of the onion along the hot cooking grate a few times.  Obviously for safety, it’s best to use a tongs or a barbecue fork to apply the onion to the cooking grate.

Applying this simple technique has worked every time and is a nice alternative to oiling the grate.  A particular advantage is that there is no chance of accidental flareups that oil can cause.

Next time you light your barbecue, give an onion a try.  Let us know how you get on, even better, we are keen to hear of any other tips and tricks you may have for the barbecue!



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