Smoker getting sticky

Discussion in 'Grilling Beef' started by big dave, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. big dave

    big dave Newbie

    I recently smoked a brisket in my little Webber.  I used apple wood and put apple juice, apple vinegar, and water in the drip pan for moisture.  About 4 hours in my smoker started to have this sticky layer inside it.  It made it very hard to open to wood door or take off the lid.  At one point I lifted the lid and the middle part of the smoker lifted too.  It hardens when cool but when I heat it back up it becomes sticky again and I cannot get it off.  I'm actually considering pressure washing it tomorrow.  Have any of you had this problem or know why it happened or have a solution?  Thanks!
  2. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I had a Cabela's vertical smoker with a lift-off top and lift-off center, had the same problem; I'd heat it up and use a BBQ grill grill brush to take it off until it was far less.  Quick and easy fix!
  3. Vegetable oil works also. 
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Seasoning!!! It happens... Do not pressure wash!!! A light scrubbing as mentioned above is okay.

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