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
Ease of Cleaning
Environment & Safety
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.
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?
Typical grill cleaning procedures involve heating the grill and scrubbing the grates while they are hot, which wastes fuel. Grill cleaner sprays are designed to save you time and fuel because they allow you to clean the grill while it is cool. In addition, the spray is specifically designed to target hard-to-remove grease.
Can Grill Cleaner Spray be Used on the Inside or Outside of the Grill?
Grill cleaner sprays are used to cut all kinds of grease, so they can be used on most surfaces that contain grease. This makes them useful for both the inside and outside of the grill. Read the manufacturer’s recommendations, especially as it relates to soaking time, to avoid damage to your grill’s exterior finish.
Will Grill Cleaner Spray Irritate My Skin?
Most grill cleaner sprays are made with citrus-based ingredients. Others contain naturally occurring ingredients such as baking soda or vinegar. If you are looking to avoid harsh chemicals, look at the ingredients list before purchasing a grill cleaner spray. The ingredients list will also tell you if the spray contains an ingredient that you are allergic to.
Can I Use Grill Cleaner Spray on All Types of Grills?
Most grill cleaner sprays are multi-purpose. They are generally safe to use on any type of grill, even if they are made by a specific grill manufacturer.
Is Grill Cleaner Spray Safe on Stainless Steel Grates?
Users have reported great success in cleaning stainless steel grates using grill cleaners. Most grill cleaners have specific instructions on the label with recommended soaking times. If you follow the manufacturer's recommendations, the grill cleaner should produce shiny, like-new stainless steel grates.
Will Grill Cleaner Spray Remove Rust from Cast Iron Grill Grates?
Regular cleaning is the best way to prevent rust. Using grill cleaner spray on a regular basis can help prevent rust buildup. Depending on the active ingredients in the spray, it may assist in rust removal. Common ways to remove rust include soap and water, vinegar and baking soda, or lemon juice and detergent.