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Cleaning grates??

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Do you guys clean the grates much or leave all the stuff on grates for flavor??
post #2 of 12
I clean mine.

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post #3 of 12
I set mine on top of the charcoal chimney (as it's lighting) and burn it off... then brush and re oil ....
post #4 of 12

It's a must !! get it hot then clean away. then before you cook cut an onion in half and rub it on the grate and food wont stick :439:

post #5 of 12
I soak mine in a lye bath over night, makes them look brand new. I learned that trick cleaning cast iron skillets
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
But if you watch the cooking shows all their smokers look dirty and the grates have all the stuff for cooking. Looks like they never clean them. Wonder if it makes any difference. I usually don't.
post #7 of 12

Always clean, but I wait to clean up from last cook when heating smoker-grill for next cook.

post #8 of 12
I clean mine after each smoke. As for the ones u see on tv? Those are being used 24/7 so I would think cleaning wouldn't be necessary. As for us.....I don't use mine 24/7 so I don't want to attract ants and or bacteria.
post #9 of 12

I clean mine - or to be more accurate, my wife cleans them.  That's the deal, I do the cooking and she does the cleaning.

post #10 of 12
I clean them before the next cook. Luckily, I can take them to work (I cook) and use the sprayer, heavy duty scrubbers and dish washing machine available to me. I also cheat and use the aluminum grill covers available at Home depot. I can sometimes get 2 smokes off one length so makes it more cost effective. But, lay one of those over the grill and put your meat on that after spraying it and WA LA.....no stick & easy cleanup. On my charcoal grill I fire it up, get the grate almost white hot & wire brush it off.....nothing can live through that.......Willie
post #11 of 12

I clean, but I do admit it is a pain, as the grates do not fit in the kitchen sink.

post #12 of 12
That's why I put in a huge sink when we had kitchen redone :-)
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