Smoker grate clean-up

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by shaggy91954, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. shaggy91954

    shaggy91954 Meat Mopper

    Does anyone have any tips / suggestions on cleaning smoker grates?  I love to smoke, but hate the clean-up afterwards.  I spray the grates with cooking spray before the smoke but they can still be a pain to clean.  Just wondering if anyone has any magic.
     
  2. ibbones

    ibbones Meat Mopper

    Not a lot of magic here but after the smoke (on an electric smoker) I turn the heat all the way up and let them burn off for three to four hours.  Every now and then I throw the grates on my grill on high and burn everything off that way.  Then you can wire brush them and set them back in the smoker.
     
  3. susieqz

    susieqz Smoking Fanatic

    oven cleaner works too, but i like the burning off idea.
     
  4. trailsend

    trailsend Newbie

    I use W.I.F.E.,  seriously, just hot soapy water.  I do like the laying them on the grill idea.
     
  5. bear55

    bear55 Master of the Pit

    Every so often I take them inside and use SOS pads and run them through the dishwasher using highest water temp.
     
  6. stickyfingers

    stickyfingers Smoking Fanatic

    I take them to the car wash and power wash them...no soap....just water.
     
  7. I'm an RF guy I use a wire brush and a weed burner,  But I also spray mine down after I finish smoking when they are still hot and the water and steam clean them pretty good.

    Gary
     
  8. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    I run mine through the dish washer and they come out spotless. When they get really bad I wire brush them then put them in the oven on the self cleaning cycle (although it makes the house smell like smoke). 
     
  9. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Self clean oven cycle them with the inside of the oven.... two-fer!
     
  10. shaggy91954

    shaggy91954 Meat Mopper

    Now that's something I might try.  Wonder how long it will take the wife to get over the smoke smell?  [​IMG]
     
  11. red dog

    red dog Smoking Fanatic

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  12. schlotz

    schlotz Meat Mopper

    Another way:  I put mine in my twin eagles grill on high (600-700˚) and burn them off for an hour or so then run the wire brush over them.  Poof, done! 

    BTW: wife didn't like the mess they left in the dish washer[​IMG]   and our oven manufacturer suggests removing the racks before running the cleaning cycle. 
     
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2015
  13. thesmokist

    thesmokist Meat Mopper

    If I use all the racks like when making jerky I hit them with the power washer but if it's just a couple I just scrub them by hand. I like the burn off idea though
     
  14. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Yea I have to make sure they aren't too bad before putting them in the dishwasher or it won't be able to clean off all the grease.
     
  15. krubby

    krubby Smoke Blower

    Starting after the first smoke and then every time or at least every other time I have just run them through the dishwasher as well.  maybe since I have started from the beginning I don't have tons of baked on grease and food, so they come out very clean and I have not noticed much if any smoke smell in the dishwasher

    Not sure what tossing a grate in that has not been cleaned for 1 + years beyond just craping off with grill brush would do
     

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