Removing Grill Tar

Joined
Jun 26, 2020
Messages
65
Reaction score
51
Hardiness Zone
6B
Country
United States
Grilling season is here in my little neck of the woods. I use a charcoal grill. A little problem I am having right now is a buildup of a pesky black film derived from the smoke and food residue that has gradually collected underneath the lid. It has become so thick now that it is even difficult just to pull up the lid because the greasy stuff practically sticks it shut like super glue ( for lack of a better analogy ). Even sliding open the upper vent has become a chore because of how much of this stuff has accumulated inside. I tried using a spray bottle of "Citrusafe BBQ Grill Cleaner" and it doesn't seem to be working. I have seen that many youtubers who participate in those grilling competitions prefer to use Dawn. In recent years, I have dropped my use of Dawn Dish Liquid in favor of Biokleen out of concern that the chemicals used in synthetic soaps and cleaners may be harmful.

What are some of your recommendations for cleaning out really thick grease from a grill?
 
Joined
Apr 4, 2020
Messages
621
Reaction score
340
Location
Northeast Ohio
Hardiness Zone
7
Country
United States
Oven cleaner. Note, this can remove any paint as well.

Alternatively, fire. With enough heat the film will burn. This works great for cast iron, might warp sheet metal though.
 
Joined
Oct 8, 2017
Messages
6,965
Reaction score
5,106
Location
Birmingham, AL USA
Hardiness Zone
8a
Country
United States
Just for your info, while a alkaline pH product is great for oil removal and degreasing, once close to the metal an acid is often used such as the barkeepers friend product, which is oxalic acid.
 

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments. After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.

Ask a Question

Members online

Forum statistics

Threads
27,425
Messages
261,845
Members
13,967
Latest member
mwrenz68

Latest Threads

Top