Cleaning Bradley Racks

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by joe black, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I bought 4 Bradley racks about 6 months ago and haven't used them until recently. I have tried dish soap and hot water with poor results. I put 2 in the dishwasher yesterday and they still came out with black greasy residue on the wires. Can I put them in the oven on the self clean cycle? Can I put them in my FB and try to burn them clean? If anyone has any tips please pass them along.

    TIA, Joe
  2. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Any time I wanted to clean up my cooking grates I used Dawn, and give 'em a soak for 30 minutes or so before hand-washing. Don't use abrasive cleaners or pads...that will eventually wipe the chrome finish right off of them. If they're really grungy they may need a longer soak and hotter water.

    Anymore though, I let the residue build up...helps protect the grates once you have a good petina built up...a little exposure to higher heat (~400*F) will help to develop it more after each smoke, then just bust of the bigger drippings with a metallic brush while heating up the smoker. If you want a clean smoking surface for items such as cheese try aluminum disposable grill can reuse them with a little cleaning, too, and being they are not a composite material you get more aggressive with cleaning methods and not hurt them, barring strong acids/caustics, of course.

    BTW, excessive heat could damage the finish, or if not heated evenly may cause the thinner wire grates to warp.

    Last edited: Mar 28, 2016
  3. ronsoldhouse

    ronsoldhouse Newbie

    I would spray with oven cleaner,they then would clean right up

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