How To Clean an Electric Smoker

Electric smokers are popular because they’re easy to use and clean up. All you need is hot water, a damp cloth, and some dish soap. These tips will help keep your electric smoker clean: -Before using your smoker, make sure it’s completely dry. -Wash the components before use with hot water and dish soap. -After smoking, empty the ashtray and clean the grill with a damp cloth. -Remove all residue from the drip tray with a dry cloth before re-installing it in the smoker.

How to Clean Electric Smoker Before First Use

The process isn’t challenging, but it takes a long time. The time shouldn’t matter because you don’t have to sit with your smoker while it’s being cleaned. 

  • Turn the power button on, 
  • Set the temperature to its highest, and set the timer for 3 hours.
  • It’ll remove any unhygienic residue inside the smoker and make your smoker clean. 
  • Once it cools down, wipe it with a damp cloth, 
  • And your smoker is ready for some meat.

How To Clean an Electric Smoker

You probably use your outdoor smoker all of the time. I know I do. It can develop into a mess with all the dirt the wind carries.

  • Use a damp cloth to wipe the smoker clean. 
  • You can use oven cleaner if you want. But, it’s not necessary, to be honest. 
  • To clean the glass door, you can use a glass cleaner if you wish.  

Discard any of the residual food from the electric smoker.

Make sure to cover your mouth with a face mask. This will prevent you from inhaling the spores of the mold. These measures will save you from an allergic reaction.

Heat up your electric smoker at the highest temperature. It will burn off all the mold and grease. Now, you will see black-brown debris on the grill.

Let the temperature get down and scrape off the burnt grease and mold.

Wash the electric smoker and grill inside with a mild scrubber and soap.

Lit up your electric grill one more time. This is a precautionary step. It will burn the residual grease and mold.

Cleaning the interior:

  1. Remove the racks, water pan, and drip pan.
  2. Wrap the drip pan in aluminum foil (optional). This will make cleanup easier.
  3. Scrape off any loose food particles and grease. You can use a grill brush or paper towels for this.
  4. Fill the water pan with hot soapy water and let it soak for 15-20 minutes. This will help loosen any tough grime.
  5. While the water pan is soaking, wipe down the inside of the smoker with a damp sponge or the apple cider vinegar solution. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as these can damage the smoker.
  6. Rinse the sponge or spray bottle frequently with clean water.
  7. Pay special attention to areas where grease and smoke tend to accumulate, such as the corners and around the heating element.
  8. Clean the racks and drip pan in the sink with hot soapy water. You can use a steel wool pad for stubborn grease, but be gentle to avoid scratching the surface.
  9. Rinse everything thoroughly and dry completely with paper towels.

Cleaning the exterior:

  1. Wipe down the exterior of the smoker with a damp cloth. You can use a mild dish soap solution if needed.
  2. Avoid getting water into the electrical components.
  3. Dry the exterior completely with a dry cloth.

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