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Cleaning Grates

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by smoke on the water, Sep 24, 2006.

  1. smoke on the water

    smoke on the water Fire Starter

    The one thing everybody probably dislikes about smoking is cleaning the grates. Does anybody have an easy way to do this or a cleaner that cuts the grime.
  2. vulcan75001

    vulcan75001 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Hello there...
    One thing that I do...a tip that I picked up here on the forum...is to spray your grates with a cooking oil such as pam...store brands will be a lot cheaper...but when you get down to the washing...everything comes off very easy...I also use Dawn dish soap...seems to cut the grease and crap nicely..
    Hope this helps ya..
  3. denez

    denez Newbie

    after i remove the meat i just wire brush the grates and wipe them down with a wad of paper towels
    they stay nice and clean.but they are porcelin coated
  4. illini

    illini Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    After harvesting the smoked items from my smoker I submerge the grates and other items in a pan of cold water and walk away.
    When ready to clean up in a day or three I put them in a row on our cement driveway and take the high-pressure washer to them. Be sure to hang them out to dry quickly.
    My grates are chrome plated ones and they stay like new this way.
  5. dionysus

    dionysus Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    I use Easy Off Oven Cleaner (Extra Strength). Just sparay it on and walk away. After they soak for a while everything comes off the racks quite easily. I use this on my grill racks as well ....

  6. bwsmith_2000

    bwsmith_2000 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Vulcan is right on with his suggestion of spraying the grids with Pam or something like it before smoking. I have noticed that it is much easier to clean if sprayed well before smoking. Then when the smoke is over, I take them into the house and let them soak in hot soapy water for an hour or so. Then with a steel wool pad and a little scrubbing they come out clean as a pin (mine are chrome plated).

    And by the way, It may be due to the salty air here on the coast but I have found that if I don't put some veg. oil on the grids before storing them back in the smoker, they will rust in a matter of a couple of days.
  7. jamesb

    jamesb Smoking Fanatic

    Well... On my large offsets, I normally do not clean the grates after cooking... or course we tend to cook often... I like to leave that layer of grease as rust prevention... Now I do scrape the grease out of the bottom of the pit etc. and before the next cook, I give the grates a good cleaning with a propane weed burner and a wire brush...

  8. buzzard

    buzzard Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    your supposed to clean your grates?

    i like james will leave mine alone so they dont rust the grease from the meat will keep the oiled.

    when i start my smoker i will get the fire too big and heat it pretty well to kill any germs or bacteria in there.

    but i really did not realize you were supposed to clean your grates