Wondering how to care for your braai? Whether you have a small kettle braai or a larger entertainer braai, it is essential that you care for it properly. A braai is an investment. As such, it should be cared for to avoid damage over the years. Failing to look after your braai will also result in poorly flavoured meat, uneven heat distribution, difficulty in keeping coals hot and various other issues. In this guide, we share some tips on braai maintenance to help you keep your braai in tip-top condition.
Braai Maintenance & Care Tips
These braai maintenance tips will ensure that your braai keeps going, throughout every season.
Clean after use
One of the biggest mistakes made by many is not cleaning after use. Many do a quick wipe down of the grill, without doing a proper clean of the entire braai. While you may not come into any issues if this happens once or twice, you will eventually start to notice the effects of a poorly cleaned braai. To clean, make sure that you remove all coal from the braai. Use a brush and soapy water to clean the inside of the braai and a braai and grill cleaner to clean the grids. You can also brush and then wash grids in warm soapy water.
Once the braai is clean, make sure that the entire braai is dry. If any part of the braai is still damp, you run the risk of rust. You may not notice rust at first. Over time, it will build up, causing wear and tear and making it harder to use the braai. Always make sure that parts are dried – using a dry cloth and letting it air dry as well.
Braais and their parts should always be stored somewhere safe and dry. Leaving your braai out in the open on your patio or balcony is the quickest way to get rust and other damage. Always make sure that you have somewhere covered to store your braai when it’s not in use. This could be a garage, a spare room or even a fully covered area of your patio. You can look for covers or make your own using a drop cloth or plastic. This will prolong the lifespan of your braai greatly.
Cook-Out offers a selection of braai cleaning products that will help you keep your braai in excellent condition, year in and year out. Contact us today if you have any additional questions on how to care for your braai.