Newbie Smoker

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by sorsucci, Oct 12, 2016.

  1. sorsucci

    sorsucci Newbie

    I am smoking my first chicken this weekend.  We bought a smoker at a garage sale that is full of years cooking grime on the inside.  My husband says that I should not clean it off.  Is that correct and is it safe?  Thanks for any help.
  2. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    SOrsucci, welcome to SMF!  Be sure to stop over at Roll Call and say "hi" to everyone.  That's where folks look for new members.

    A certain amount of buildup in a smoker is good, but it is usually smoke related caked on the top and sides of the smoker from grease that has mixed with the smoke.  It helps seal the smoker. 

    If the smoker hasn't been used in a long time though, it can become loose and start looking flaky, like it is going to fall off onto the meat.  If that's the case use a grill brush to scrap off the loose stuff, then rinse it out of the smoker.  If there is a greasy looking buildup in the bottom of the smoker's cooking chamber from old fat drippings, go ahead and wash/scrub that out too.

    You may get some more ideas here too.

    Hope that helps.

    Be sure to use the search feature to get some ideas for tasty, smoked chicken. 

    Have fun!

  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I would just add to scrub the grates. They need to be clean.

    After you have everything cleaned I would fire it up empty, & run it at 275-300 for a couple of hours with wood for smoke.

    Then it will be ready for your chicken.

  4. sorsucci

    sorsucci Newbie

    Thank you for the advice Ray!
  5. sorsucci

    sorsucci Newbie

    Thank you Al, good advice!

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