Cleaning racks for your smoker.

Discussion in 'Cheese' started by wayne p, Nov 8, 2015.

  1. I have been spraying my racks with Pam before I put them in the smoker to help with the cleaning. But when done still have a heck of a job getting the racks clean. Does anyone have any ideas other than what I am already doing as to how to keep the racks clean?
  2. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    What type of meats are you smoking?   I always use PAM on the grates of my smokers which causes no sticking and much easier cleaning.  But I mainly smoke fish, so that might have an impact.   What type of smoker are you using?
  3. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I take my to the car wash, hit it with degreaser then rinse with the high pressure.

  4. I use Pam also on everything that I smoke. But never thought about the power washer. I will give it a try this weekend. Am going to try some tilapia fillets and then some jerky so my racks should be pretty dirty by then. Thanks.
  5. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use pam but ever since I got my frog mats or A maze n "Q" mats them are the best since sliced bread 

  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I just scrub mine and knock the big crud off and leave the rest of the seasoning on there.

    With that said once a year I give them a good soak and scrub. I fill a large tub with hot water vinegar and dawn soap. Let soak for a good hour. Scrub with Brillo pad and rinse. They will shine.
  7. I rinse them then toss them in the dish washer on high heat -heavy duty and they com out squeaky clean

  8. I smoke everything. Mainly chicken and pork but do jerky brisket, fish and anything else the kids bring me to smoke. It is just that I like to keep my racks nice and clean and leave the rest of the smoker seasoned.
  9. You could always put them in your oven on cleaning cycle, maybe once every six months or so.
  10. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Not real often, but when I need to really clean my smoker grates, I spray them down with Easy-Off, place them into a plastic bag, but the bag in the sun for a few hours, and then take them to the car wash.

    Nasty business, but works pretty well.

    Most of the time, I do as Dirt Sailor, wire brush the big stuff, and leave the seasoning...

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