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Smoker grate clean-up

post #1 of 15
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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.

post #2 of 15

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.

post #3 of 15

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

post #4 of 15

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

post #5 of 15

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

post #6 of 15

I take them to the car wash and power wash them...no soap....just water.

post #7 of 15

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

post #8 of 15

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). 

post #9 of 15

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

post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by bmaddox View Post
 

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). 


Now that's something I might try.  Wonder how long it will take the wife to get over the smoke smell?  :hit:

post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by JIRodriguez View Post
 

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

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post #12 of 15

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:wife:  and our oven manufacturer suggests removing the racks before running the cleaning cycle. 

post #13 of 15
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
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by schlotz View Post
 

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:wife:  and our oven manufacturer suggests removing the racks before running the cleaning cycle. 

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.

post #15 of 15

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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