Cleaning Grates

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Fire Starter
Original poster
Jul 10, 2006
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.


Smoking Fanatic
OTBS Member
May 27, 2006
Danbury, Ct.
Hello there...
One thing that I do...a tip that I picked up here on the to spray your grates with a cooking oil such as 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..


Sep 27, 2006
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


Smoking Fanatic
OTBS Member
Jul 11, 2006
West Central Illinois
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.


Meat Mopper
OTBS Member
Jul 4, 2006
None Of Your Business
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 ....



Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Jul 9, 2005
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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.


Smoking Fanatic
Dec 31, 2005
Irving, TX
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...



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

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