So if you saw my roll call post I got my father's old smoker when he upgraded. It's a 30 or 40 inch electric smoker with a remote. It was used A LOT when he had it, which brings me to my first question:
Should I clean it?
I've heard both "yes" and "no" answers from people here at work. Some claim a smoker is like a cast iron skillet and you should never clean it. That sounds a bit extreme to me, I'm thinking I'll need to a least clean the racks right? My dad said "it will need a good cleaning" so his vote is a "yes". If it should be cleaned I have another question:
How should I clean it?
I'm a pretty avid homebrewer. I have a fairly advanced 3 tier setup and I enter (and occasionally win) a few homebrew competitions a year. My point to all this is that I figure if it's safe enough for homebrew it's probably safe enough for a smoker, so I was just going to clean the smoker with some PBW. Just mix up some PBW in my spray bottle, soak the inside pretty good, let her sit for a few hours, then rinse it out. Thoughts?