Cleaning a Propane Smoker: How Do I Do It Properly?

Cleaning a Propane Smoker: How Do I Do It Properly?

Do you want to eat the rotten remnants of your last cook??

Yuck!! Of course not.

I know how repulsive the prospect is, but to avoid such scenario, you need to clean your propane smoker at least once a year.

But how do you clean your propane smoker?

The last time I checked, even Youtube did not offer a solution. So, will you give up?

I ask your forgiveness for quoting a Justin Bieber song, but ‘never say never’.

Especially, when it is so easy and simple to clean up your smoker.

Have no worry, because I will guide you through the process and provide you with all the necessary information.

So, let’s follow these 6 simple steps to make your propane smoker squeaky clean-

1. Wear Gloves

First of all, put on gloves on your hands. Because this stuff can get very nasty, and if you get grease on your hands then it’s going to be pretty difficult to get it off.

2. Clean the Interior

In order to clean the interior of the chamber, you need to remove all the equipment in it. A soft sponge and bristle brush could be used to clean the interior. But, be careful not to use any harsh metals.

At first, you need to swipe all the dirt and food remnants out of the chamber with the brush. Then dip the sponge in warm water and scrub the chamber gently. Following that, you should wipe the inside of the chamber with a dry cloth.

When you are finished with the wiping, give it a final look for any unwanted remnants and make sure that no bristle gets left behind.

3. Clear the Ash

When you smoke the meat in a gas smoker a lot of ash gets build up and this ash could give birth to rust. To prevent rusting, you should wipe the tray with a wet cloth. I prefer using an ash bucket and removing the ash quite often.

4. Cleaning The Racks And Water Pan

You can rinse the racks with lukewarm water, but make sure that the water contains soap. You could also use a brush to scrub off the dirt and grease.

And if your meat is getting too cozy with the rack and refusing to come off easily, then you better apply some vegetable oil on the racks so that the meats don’t get stuck on the equipment.

5. Clean the Door

When you smoke the meat, the interior of the door can get smudged, and it doesn’t hurt to have a clean door. To give the door a clean look, you can wipe the door with a dry piece of cloth.

6. Finally, The Exterior

Last but not the least, it’s time to make your exterior shine. In fact, your stainless smoker could work as a mirror if you clean it properly.

First of all, wipe the exterior including its control panel with a wet piece of cloth. Afterwards, you should rub the surface with a dry cloth.

But, before cleaning your window, you need to check whether your cleaners are appropriate for ceramic glass.

Things You Should Not Do, Okay?

1. Don’t immerse your smoker in water

It might be tempting, considering that it would save you a lot of time, but you shouldn’t. Hell no! Using a wet cloth or damp towel is the best way to get rid of the dirt.

2. Don’t use chemicals inside your smoker

Never use chemical spray on the interior of your propane smoker. As it would harm you in the long run and could leave residues inside the smoker.  The residues could affect your food and leave a bad taste in your mouth. In fact, the chemicals could contaminate your food and put your health in danger.

On top of that, the chemicals are capable of harming your stainless steel. That’s why you should abstain from using the chemicals on the inside space of your smoker.

3. Don’t cover the racks with tin foil

Using the tin foil to burn the food residues could threaten the safety of your gas smoker instead. The technique might have worked in the older days, but in modern day propane smokers, tin foils could cause a lot of damage.

If you want to save your units from warping and melting, you should avoid the tin foils.

4. Do not remove the black residue on the interior walls

Yes, you might have noticed those black spots, but do not attempt to remove them.

But why?

Because these black spots fight against the rust on behalf of you and give your food a smoky taste. Therefore, it would be a wise decision on your part to leave your benefactors alone.

In summary, cleaning your propane smoker once a year will go a long way to improve your cooking and give your food an exquisite taste. Remember, if you take care of the smoker, the smoker will take care of your food.

So, that’s all, folks. Keep smoking! You know what I meant by smoking, eh?

Anyways, if you have felt the itch to drop any suggestion or question about the topic, you can leave them in the comments section. We’ll be happy to discuss you with you. Cheers!

  • Updated August 8, 2019
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