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Stuck On BBQ Sauce

Hi all. I made BBQ pork in my slow cooker a couple days ago, and after throwing out the leftovers this morning, I set the crock in the sink with hot soapy water in it to soak and loosen the stuck on junk. The problem is, it's still stuck on, and I've changed the water a couple of times over the last hour, and it's just not coming off. I don't have anything particularly scrubby to get it off with, so do any of you have any suggestions? I greased it with vegetable oil before using it the last time, knowing that the BBQ sauce would stick if I didn't, and it stuck anyway. Help! I want to use it today, but if I don't get this stuff off, I won't be able to. Thanks much.



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Apr. 7th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
Are you soaking it with soap and really really hot water (you might even boil some on the stove if you can't get it hot enough from the tap)

You could try scrubbing it with baking soda.
Apr. 7th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Maybe "cook" the soapy water a bit? Turn the burner in your crock on high for a while to help the water incorporate into the stuck parts.
Do you have a nail brush, or one of those scrapers that come with baking stones? Either one works well for getting stuck-on food off all sorts of items.
Apr. 7th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
I find also that a stiff spatula works for scraping as well as long as you can catch an edge of the substance. I wouldn't recommend the metal kind on the crock though as you don't wanna scratch the glaze.
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
I was about to suggest a plastic knife, m'self :)
Apr. 7th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
Cooking works well. Adding vinegar to the hot water works even better.
Apr. 7th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
Baking soda or salt are excellent food-safe scrubbing agents. Dampen the stain area, apply (let stand if you want), scrub clean with rag or paper towel.
Apr. 7th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
Or you can fill it with hot hot water and throw in a dryer sheet. Yes, a dryer sheet. The chemicals in the dryer sheet will loosen the "gunk" from the crock. I use this trick all the time. It's great for when you accidentally burn stuff to pans or the crock. Takes a few hours to work, but it works like a dream!
Apr. 7th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
It's the conditioners in the dryer sheet that do it. Oil removes oil, basically.
Apr. 7th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
wow!! Thanks for the tip! :)
Apr. 7th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
Use some baking soda on a damp cloth, it'll get the stuck on bits off and not scratch.
I've used it to clean cooked on or burnt on food on my stainless steel pots and it works like a charm.

If it's still really difficult, try a few tablespoons of enzyme based clothes washing additives or presoakers like Spray and Wash mixed in hot water and let it soak inside the pot. They're designed to break down and remove food stains and you need hot water to activate the enzyme. Also makes a great cleaner for the stove top...cooked on food just comes right up.

Just make sure you rinse very well with vinegar and water when done to get the soap off entirely.
Apr. 7th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
SOS pads get everythig off
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
I spray mine with a vinegar and water solution, then scrub with salt and rinse. This is after getting it as clean as possible with soap and water.
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
Dishwasher detergent. Liquid/gel kind is easiest, but powder works too as long as you make sure it's dissolved. Add in a good squirt, fill with hot water, and cook on high (you can preboil the water to make the process faster). I haven't done this in the crockpot specifically, but I've lifted off some *nasty* cooked-on messes in my regular pots by using this method and boiling the detergent/water on the stove.
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
I personally use and recommend Dawn dishwashing soap. The way it's formulated, it really gets the grease off in ways that other dish washing detergents just don't. I once read that they use a Dawn solution to remove the oil from wildlife afflicted by oil spills. It really works.
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's what I'm using. Currently I've got some Dawn water on high in the crock pot. Never thought I'd cook dishwater. Haha.
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
Ah, heat is good. If that doesn't work it looks like there are lots of other suggestions - but dang! That's some serious gunk!
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)

It's when the hubby comes home, sniffs the air and says "Mmmm, what smells so good?" That you know you need to work on your cooking, lol.
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
Do you have a dishwasher? If so, get those Cascade Complete pacs. I haven't found anything yet that they won't dissolve.
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
If you have a dead credit card/Starbucks card/stiff piece of plastic, that works pretty well as a scraper.
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
The reason that Dawn, dryer sheets or other specifically for dishwasher detergents work well for this type of thing is that they contain surfactants. This is a type of compound that lowers surface tension and keeps things from sticking together. Jet Dry is a concentrated surfactant for your dishwasher. I keep a small bottle around for tough stuck on situations, but it will still need to soak for a bit. You just need a little squirt plus very hot water.
Apr. 7th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
Ok, actually this is really easy. I do this all the time. Make a paste with baking soda and water and spread it on the stuck on food. Now just walk away and let it sit for a few hours. When you come back, check it with a sponge or cloth. If it just wipes off, go ahead and clean it. If it doesn't, let it sit longer. If it dries, add a little more water. It may need to sit overnight. No scrubbing necessary.
Apr. 7th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
Sprinkle baking soda on, let it sit, then pour vinegar over. Let it fizz away. Scrape it off.
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Apr. 7th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
A few terabytes of baking soda?
Apr. 7th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
Well, I was going to make a suggestion or two, but I see every one of my ideas is already here. Good luck - hope you get it off.
Apr. 7th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
I have no suggestions that haven't already been made, however, I highly reccomend the slow cooker liners from Reynolds. They are a life saver for me. I use one every time I use my slow cooker and clean up is a breeze.
Apr. 8th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
I agree with all the suggestions here, but as a tip - cook the pork naked, pull it and sauce it in a bowl or ziplock bag.

Same saucy goodness, infinitely less clean up problems.
Apr. 8th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
I always use baking soda to scrub my crock when I get stuff stuck on it. It's a lot easier than just plain dish soap.
Apr. 8th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
I had the same problem the other night. There is always one spot of my crock pot that food sticks to. I soaked over night, and then added more soapy water in the morning. I ended up using a butter knife to scrub it off... It was the only thing that worked for me.
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