Clean up

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by einstein67, May 31, 2015.

  1. einstein67

    einstein67 Newbie

    I have a mes30 and just smoked 10 pounds of spare ribs, turned out great but the cleanup took an hour. Any ideas on cleaning the grates easier than using a half of a box of SOS pads? Can you put foil on the grates? By the way I did one foiled and one not. Doing no foil from now on much better.
  2. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Grates can be put in the dishwasher if you're wife doesn't kill you haha
  3. kihler

    kihler Smoke Blower

    I run my racks through the dish washer, on pans setting and dry setting off. They will almost come clean, SOS will finish up the tough spots. Pull them from the dishwasher as soon as it finishes that way the tough spots are still soft. 
  4. robcava

    robcava Meat Mopper

    The one advantage of fire breathing smokers. Can jack the temps after the food is off and carbonized the mess) clean up is just a grill brush.

    Not that I'm trying to rub it in or anything :devil:
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  5. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I soak the racks overnight and they come clean easy.

    The smoker walls I dont clean.
  6. Nothing beats an overnight soak in a commercial degreaser and then a power wash. Before I purchased a pressure washer I would take them to the local car wash. Works great!

  7. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I spray the grill racks with Pam.  After the smoke drop them in a shallow tub of hot soapy water and let them soak while you eat.  Use a soft dish pan brush to take the worst off, and then into the dishwasher.  Very little work involved.

  8. rc4u

    rc4u Fire Starter

    wow all that work for freind and i on his smoker just used like a grill, when done leave em and next heatup just wire brush and good to go.. no different than leaving the walls...
  9. I soak mine in the sink and some soap and after 30 minutes they literally wipe clean with a sponge. Takes me about 5 minutes to finish.

  10. rd52

    rd52 Newbie

    Newbie here with newb question. :)  I take it from the above discussion that it would be ok to leave the (mostly) burnt grease in the bottom of the smoker? It's an electric MasterBuilt 30 if that matters.

    Just smoked our first meat last night, a pork loin and a whole chicken. They came out great! But the cleanup is looking to be a lot more work than a grill. On the grill I just fire up all the burners and burn everything off, but the smoker doesn't get that hot. Hence my concern about leaving the grease in the bottom.

  11. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    RD stop by roll call so everyone can welcome you,Welcome to SMF. Now I would suggest clening the grease off the bottom,then before you do your next smoke,cover everything down below the grates with foil.

  12. rd52

    rd52 Newbie

    Thanks for tips, don't know why I didn't think about the foil. Doh!!  :)
  13. ibbones

    ibbones Meat Mopper

    I also use a MB 30" and smoke all kinds of things.  Unlike most on here, I do not foil the bottom of my smoker.  After I am through, I set the temp to 275* and let it burn everything off.  I do get a little build-up but every now and then I pull out the racks and the bottom tray and set them on my grill for about half and hour then wire brush then off.

    Some days when I am not smoking anything and home, I roll out the smoker and let it go for 6-8 hours just to make sure there is no gunk in there.

    It is not the best way and doesn't look pretty but that's how I do it.
  14. I was fighting with cleaning my grill racks and then happened to grab a Norwex product that is kind of like steel wool, but not quite.     I used it on the rack and everything came off with zero elbow grease, so smooth.  Took them back to shiny silver in under 2 minutes.

    So if you have a local rep or a home show maybe take a look at them.,771,202.aspx

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