Has this ever happened to you? You go outside with platters full of perfectly seasoned steaks and skewered shrimp, ready to throw on the grill. You open the preheated grill, toss ‘em on, and wait to revel in your delicious barbecued meal. After a few minutes, you grab the tongs to flip your food, but wait - they stick. Badly. The shrimp shred apart and that beautiful sear on the steak disappears as it’s ripped from the grates. What happened? Your grill wasn’t clean, and dirty grill grates cause food to stick unnecessarily to its surface. Well, there’s an easy solution to this - a grill cleaner spray designed to clean your grill grates without wasting excess fuel.

These grill cleaner sprays work on cold grills and clean them better than the heat-and-scrub method. Some grill cleaner sprays are made with chemical ingredients, but most use naturally occurring ingredients like citrus oil, vinegar, and baking soda. We took a look at three such grill cleaner sprays and put them to the test. We scored them from 1-5, where 1 is the worst and 5 is the best, on a variety of factors. We looked at Bottle Capacity, Ease of Cleaning, Surface Varieties, and Environment & Safety. Once each cleaner was tested, we came up with an Overall Score to determine which product ranked as our number one Pitmaster’s Choice.

The table below shows the scores for each product. We wrote a brief review for each product below the table. Each review has links so you can easily purchase the product on Amazon or read the full, in-depth review.

Grill Cleaner Spray Review Scores

Brand

Bottle Capacity

Ease of Cleaning

Surface Varieties

Environment & Safety 

Overall Score

Char-Broil Biodegradable Grill Cleaner Spray

Char-Broil

4

4

5

5

4.5

Weber Grill Spray Cleaner.

Weber

5

4

5

4

4.5

Weiman Stainless Steel, Polish & BBQ Cleaner

Weiman

4

5

5

5

4.5

Char-Broil Biodegradable Grill Cleaner Spray

As with most products these days, this Char-Broil bbq cleaner spray is biodegradable and non abrasive. The manufacturer claims it breaks down grease and carbon, but won’t scratch your surfaces. This also means it’s not going to be as effective a cleaner as other products, but is a balance between effectiveness and safety.

This BBQ cleaning spray is a good product, but you might want to transfer it to another suitable container to use. The manufacturer really needs to sort out it’s bottle production.

This Product Is Ranked as the #1 Pitmaster’s Choice In The Grill Cleaner Spray Category

Weber Grill Spray Cleaner

Weber BBQ cleaning spray certainly ticks all the boxes when it comes to safety and the environment. It has a USDA approved formula and is non flammable, doesn’t corrode, is non toxic and biodegradable after use. It’s also phosphate free. And being made from natural ingredients, it shouldn’t irritate the skin.

Overall, I’d say Weber degreaser spray is good for light cleaning duties, and is best used after a good scrub with a grill brush, to get that last shine on the grill before using it again. If you’ve kept the grill relatively clean after each use, this product is fine, if you’ve let the grease build up, this spray won’t help.

Weiman Stainless Steel, Polish & BBQ Cleaner 

Weiman cleaner spray is just for stainless steel surfaces, although it will work on all kinds, polished, brushed, etc. It’s easy to use, just spray it straight on to the surface and wipe, preferably with a microfiber cloth. Some stainless steels have a grain, if you look closely you might see very thin lines in the metal. If this is the case, it’s best to clean and polish in whichever direction the grain goes for the best results.

So, as a polish, this spray is a very good product, as a cleaner it’s not so good. And the weird smell of this stuff takes some getting used to. It doesn’t smell like other cleaning products. Luckily the smell soon fades.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Use Grill Cleaner Spray?

Can Grill Cleaner Spray be Used on the Inside or Outside of the Grill?

Will Grill Cleaner Spray Irritate My Skin?

Can I Use Grill Cleaner Spray on All Types of Grills?

Is Grill Cleaner Spray Safe on Stainless Steel Grates?

Will Grill Cleaner Spray Remove Rust from Cast Iron Grill Grates?