Asked on Dec 20, 2016

How do I remove burnt barbecue sauce in non stick pan?

by Jeremy
What is the best way to remove burnt on barbecue sauce from a non-stick pan? Thanks!
  10 answers
  • William William on Dec 21, 2016

    Sprinkle baking soda on the burnt spots and pour vinegar over the baking soda. When it stops bubbling; with a dishcloth softly rub the pan clean with hot water and detergent. Voila, it's clean, hopefully! Use a little more strength if you need to.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 21, 2016

    You can also try Bon Ami and do the same process as William said.

  • Cheryl Cheryl on Dec 21, 2016

    Sprinkle baking soda over the bottom of the pan; add a 1/2" of water & bring to a rolling boil. Boil for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. When cool enough to touch take a dish rag & swish it around the bottom of the pan. If this doesn't work the 1st time repeat until it does. (This works best when the burned on food is fresh.)

    • Sue Kiene Sue Kiene on Dec 23, 2016

      I agree with this. Sometimes I find it helps if I put some dishwashing soap in it.

  • Bill Bill on Dec 21, 2016

    Oven cleaner, cool or warm, (not hot) 2- 60 minutes all gone!

    • Rhonda Rhonda on Mar 25, 2017

      Can't thank you enough for this idea. i had my non stick Greenpan soaking for a week and sauce was still burned on. used Easy off oven cleaner and in 20 minutes the burned sauce slid right off with hot water and a soft cloth! Saved a $100 pan!

      Thank you Bill

  • Catherine Catherine on Mar 10, 2017

    Thanks will try all suggestions

  • Jeremy Jeremy on Mar 11, 2017

    While all of these did improve my pan, none worked. This was of course burnt on for over a year.

  • M. M.. M. M.. on Mar 11, 2017

    Dissolve 3 T of cream of tartar in a cup of cold water. It might not all dissolve right away, but you can get it started. Place your pan in a flat area where it can sit for a day or two. Pour water/tartar mix into pan and using a cup, fill pan to nearly the brim with COLD water. Check for any tartar settling in one spot, gently stir, just to generally distribute it around. All burnt spots should be covered by water/tartar mix. Leave it alone for at least 24 hours,then pour out mix and hand-wash with a scrubbie. If there are spots left, repeat with fresh mixture. I know cream of tartar is $$, but it has worked for me on everything I've used it for, and it's safe on metal, glass, china, plastic, etc. Some things might scratch during the scrubbing, so ease up and make sure all of the grit is washed away. I even washed a grill clean, but it took three soakings, haha, I was more stubborn than the gunk!

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Oct 03, 2023

    I use baking soda and water, make a thick paste and apply it to the burned areas, either inside or outside, let it set overnight and scrub off with a scrubbie the next day, repeat as needed.

  • Deb K Deb K on Oct 03, 2023

    Hi Jeremy, hope this helps you out. White vinegar is an excellent solution for salvaging burnt non-stick pans. Once the pan has cooled, pour in a generous glug of white vinegar, along with enough warm water to cover the burnt areas. Stir in two tablespoons of baking soda, heat the mixture up, and bring it to a boil for a couple of minutes.