How to Remove Burnt Barbecue Sauce

Burnt barbecue sauce leaves a stubborn residue on cooking equipment. The sugars in the sauce caramelize under high heat to leave tenacious, granular blobs on grilling grates, utensils and other tools. Softening the residue with a mild solvent makes it easier to remove. Besides being unsanitary, cleaning off your cooking utensils is important if you don't want your next meal to taste like burnt barbecue sauce.

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Cleaning your grill tongs of barbecue sauce makes the next cookout taste better.

Step 1

Place the items encrusted with burnt barbecue sauce in a kitchen sink with the drain stopper installed.

Step 2

Pour enough distilled vinegar into the sink to cover the items. Soak in the vinegar until the burnt sauce begins to soften.

Step 3

Add enough baking soda to the vinegar bath to create a chemical reaction. The mixture will begin bubbling and foaming, which creates a natural scrubbing action that may save you some effort.

Step 4

Scrub the items with a nylon brush to remove the burnt sauce. Rinse in cold water when finished.

Step 5

Rub cast-iron items, such as cooking grates, with a light coat of olive oil on a paper towel to inhibit rusting.