Cleaning question

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by newarcher, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. newarcher

    newarcher Fire Starter


    Just a quick question about cleaning my smoker.  I have the Lowe's Chargriller Akorn smoker from Lowes.

    My question is about the racks (cast iron and metal).  How should I clean them?

    I brush them after each cook to knock off the heavy stuff but there is a pretty good build up of grease.  I could spray some greased lightning on it followed by some soapy water cleaning but I'm not sure whether it's better to let it be or clean it.


  2. wildman9136

    wildman9136 Fire Starter

    I'm supposed to clean the racks??????????????????
  3. newarcher

    newarcher Fire Starter

    I dunno......I'm good with leaving them with a good brushing to get the crud off.

    I figure it's kind of like seasoning a cast iron pan.

    I just wanted to make sure.?
  4. wildman9136

    wildman9136 Fire Starter

    That's how I see it and what many of the fine folks here say. Unless you get some mold or unknown growth on the racks, then clean and re-season. What I do everytime I fire her up is, Get the pit up to 350 degrees, spray the inside lightly with water from the hose to create alot of steam, then brush the grates, lower temp and start cooking.
  5. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If they are cast iron the grease will help keep them seasoned and don't let them start rusting.  IF they are like the ones in the oven....I always soak mine and clean with an SOS pad to get the "meat boogers" off.  Don't want to cook with my "last smoke" and get someone sick with the bacterias and junk that can grow on moist things.  Especially in the Summer months.  The "jibbles" of left over meats also can attract flies....and they leave wiggly little white things....don't ask how I know that.  Super Yuck!

  6. papacurtis

    papacurtis Smoke Blower

    Walking rice?? Nasty stuff! But the buffo toads love'em..😝
  7. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wiggly rice....never ever am I going to wait to clean again.  yuuuuuck

  8. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    you can brush it off with a grill brush or scouring pad... If you totaly want to remove the grease , some soapy water (Dawn) and a steel brush will remove the grease .... Clean it and reseason it
  9. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Cast Iron Grates  =  Really Hot Water and a Brush...Period. If you want, remove food residue but the grease that is there is the seasoning that keeps them from rusting.

    Kat...There are no Safety reasons to clean your Grates...Since every time you get ready to smoke another whatever, you Pre-heat your smoker. At smoking temp, " All " the Bacteria, Molds, Yeasts, Flying, Crawling and Wiggling Critters that have feasted all week can be covered by this statement...They're not only merely dead, they're really most sincerely dead!...JJ
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2013
  10. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks time I did wait too long and did have "those" things in there.  Ewwww!


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