Electric barbecues are easy to maintain. Low temperatures, uneven heat, and food sticking to cooking grates are all signs that cleaning and maintenance are overdue. When your grill is off and cool, start by cleaning the inside, from the top down. A thorough cleaning is recommended at least twice a year. Consistent use may warrant more frequent cleanings.
Cleaning Cooking Grates
Before or after cooking, light the barbecue at the highest heat setting and let the barbecue pre-heat until there is no smoke anymore. This will allow any fats and juices to carbonise on your cooking grate to allow for easy cleaning. Always brush the grates while the grill is hot as this saves time and unnecessary wear on your grill brush. The carbonised fats will be brushed off the grates easily, leaving them clean for the next time you use your grill.
Cleaning the Cookbox and Lid
Wipe the lid with a damp cloth and a mild soap or detergent to remove any build up of dirt. Make sure to wipe the lid off on a regular basis, as airborne particles may burn onto the enamel if not removed.
Weber Q and Grate Cleaner is a gentle, but powerful, cleaner to help maintain the inside and outside of the Q grill.
From time to time you may notice “paint-like” flakes on the inside of the lid. During use, grease and smoke vapors slowly change into carbon and deposit on the inside of your lid. This deposit will eventually peel, and looks very similar to paint. These deposits are non-toxic, but the flakes could fall onto your food if you do not clean the lid regularly.
Brush the carbonized grease from the inside of the lid with a stainless steel bristle grill brush. To minimize further build-up, the inside of the lid can be wiped with a paper towel after grilling while the grill is still warm (not hot).
Look inside the cookbox for any grease accumulation or leftover food particles. Excessive accumulation can cause a fire. Use a plastic scraper to scrape debris off the sides and bottom of the grill into the opening in bottom of the cookbox. This opening leadsdebris into the slide-out grease tray.
Cleaning the Catch Pan
Wait for the grease tray to cool before removing this from the barbecue. With some absorbing paper, remove any additional deposits of cold grease.
Watch to replace the drip trays before every use of the grill.
Cleaning the Heat Element
Do not clean the heat element as this is a self cleaning part. Pre-heating the barbecue is sufficient to clean the element.