Magic No Ammonia Way to Clean Your BBQ Grill

Household Ammonia…….some people have been using it for household cleaning for years and wouldn’t use anything else. It works wonders when used to clean stove burners, ovens and BBQ grills. What makes cleaning with household ammonia so wonderful? It does all the dirty work for you! (pun intended).  I love using ammonia to clean because it is inexpensive, saves me time, money  and effort. However, not everyone appreciates the magical cleaning powers of ammonia the way I do.

So, this post is for anyone who is  looking for a non-ammonia method for cleaning your BBQ grill.  When I did  my post about cleaning a BBQ grill with ammonia, I only cleaned on half of the grill, so I could take a before and after picture. I got busy and forgot to clean the half that I left uncleaned for the before picture. Turns out that was a blessing in disguise because now I can use it to try this non-ammonia cleaning method!Magic No Ammonia Way to Clean Your BBQ Grill - We had a HUGE positive response to #cleaning #BBQ grills with #ammonia! However, we also received comments from a lot of followers who prefer not to use ammonia in household cleaning. We did some more research on Pinterest and guess what? We found the next best method to get a BBQ grill clean without ammonia that requires little or no scrubbing! This pin has been tested and reviewed by one of the 3 crazy sisters!

Its quite simple actually, place your BBQ grill on the top rack in your oven, place a cookie sheet or foil on the rack below your BBQ grill to catch any of the yucky stuff that might fall through. Set your oven to 500 degrees and let it “cook itself clean” for one hour. Let it cool off before handling. Here is the trade off from the ammonia method –  instead of the strong odor of ammonia, you might get a smoky kitchen. You can avoid most of the smoke by opening a few windows and turning the fan on over your stove. Problem solved!


Once your grill has cooled, you will notice it looks very similar to the way it looked before you put it in. Don’t be fooled. What was crusted on gook has now  become ash, and most of it can easily be brushed off.  After you brush off the ash, give your grill a quick wash off with some Dawn dish detergent and hot water. Here is how my grill looks after cleaning. Don’t judge my old BBQ too harshly! The light spots you see are wear and tear, pretty obvious it’s time for us to upgrade to a new grill! Sadly this is the cleanest my BBQ grill has been in years!

I had a few very stubborn areas that required a small amount of elbow grease. Other than the stubborn spots, this method worked almost as well as well as the ammonia method. So if you have adverse feelings towards using ammonia to clean your BBQ grills, I just have to tell ya that……

This Pin ROCKS!

Check out how to clean your oven, stove burners and yes BBQ grills with ammonia.

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  1. Tracy, I’ve long cleaned cast iron in my self-cleaning oven but never barbeque grills. I want to add one word of caution to doing that: Stainless steel is never supposed to be put into an oven for self-cleaning as it does something to the metal. I wish I could do that as I have heavy, heavy stainless steel grates on my indoor Wolf grill which are a bear to clean. Even the surrounding areas of that grill have burnt-on grease which I’m unable to remove–it’s stainless as well. I haven’t had time to try the ammonia method as yet but I’m hoping that will do the trick. When my husband bought me a Big Green Egg for Christmas, he got a cast iron grate so that it could be cleaned in the oven.

  2. I pinned it and forwarded the link to my husband (who is our grill master). :)

    Thanks for sharing. I’m visiting today from Thursday’s Favorite Things.

  3. I’m not sure which way I like better! I may have to try both the ammonia and non ammonia way! Thanks for another helpful Pin test! =D

    • Hey Lillian,

      If I had to choose between the two….it would be the ammonia method for me. Sure nice to know that we have multiple options! Happy grilling! Tracy – The Middle Child

  4. What a great idea! And what a difference it makes. Thanks so much for the great tip. Have a great weekend!

    • Brooke,

      You are welcome! I love that we can find multiple options for our readers. This is one of the rare occasions where everyone is happy! Have a great week. Tracy – The Middle Child

  5. realcoake says:

    Well that certainly looks easy. The results look fantastic. Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.

  6. This is a great tip. Thanks so much. We would love to have you share this at our link party. Here is the link
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi and Charly

    • Debi and Charly,

      OK, just went to your site and joined the link party. Thanks for the invite and see ya next week! Tracy – The Middle Child


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