Do you guys clean your racks?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by ostrichsak, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. ostrichsak

    ostrichsak Meat Mopper

    These things are a PITA to clean & I think I read that some don't bother cleaning them between smokes.  I would love to just let it go but my OCD is getting the better of me on this one.  Convince me I don't need to worry about cleaning them.
  2. i clean mine
  3. c farmer

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

    I used to clean mine till I got Q Mats from Todd.
  4. handymanstan

    handymanstan Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Mine fit in the dish washer.  Pot and pans setting is all good.  Rib racks too.

  5. ostrichsak

    ostrichsak Meat Mopper

    I may have to look into that some day.
  6. ostrichsak

    ostrichsak Meat Mopper

    That's what I did this last time was toss it in the dishwasher but the other times they were worser and I did it by hand.  Took me like an hour.  Yeesh.
  7. c farmer

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

    They are cheap and easy to clean.
  8. ibbones

    ibbones Meat Mopper

    I tossed mine on the grill a couple times on high until the smoke cleared, then they wiped off really easily.  The last few times I just turned up the MES to 275* for a few more hours to clean up a bit and called it clean enough.
  9. ostrichsak

    ostrichsak Meat Mopper

    This might just be the easiest method yet.
  10. orlandosmoking

    orlandosmoking Smoking Fanatic

    For my smokers I soak mine in plain water for a few hours or even overnight. Hit them with a stiff nylon bristle brush. Easily cleans the mess but still leaves a layer of oily residue so no rust issues even if it is a while until your next cook. Keeps the Mrs. happy cause they look nice and clean.

    For my grills, I crank up the heat to burn off the mess and hit em with a wire brush.
  11. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I leave them in after I finish cooking while the smoker cools down. Once cold they usually clean off fine with a stiff brush. I used to put them in the dish washer but I have now been banned from doing that [​IMG]
  12. Put them in the oven the next time you use the self cleaning cycle.  Works for me.  Or a good pressure washer....(Think car wash)
  13. eight433

    eight433 Fire Starter

    I don't clean them. Just pre heat and a quick brush off before the food goes on!
  14. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'm thinking about putting mine in the oven and running the self cleaning cycle.
  15. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I just use the Dishwasher I got almost 45 years ago----Still works Great !!!

    I get a dirty look now & then, but I can take it. [​IMG]

  16. I just wire brush them after heat up and aftrr smoking. My wife doesn't complain, she says it builds immunity. She's a vet ans the dogs aren't sick , all good.
  17. topwater

    topwater Newbie

    Today is that day... [​IMG]

    Todd has them on sale right now. Not sure how long it lasts, so "buy early, buy often!"

  18. goinforbroke

    goinforbroke Smoke Blower

    me too.. a benefit of having a cheap sfb with 3-piece racks
  19. beuler

    beuler Smoke Blower

    The only time i cleaned a rack was last week when i tried it right on the rack.
  20. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Gonna smoke some cheese tonight, might have to clean mine as I don't want grungy black stripes all over it.

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