How to Clean an Electric Smoker

There is nothing quite like tasty smoked meat. Whether it is beef briskets, pork ribs, or sausage, an electric smoker offers a clean, efficient, and reliable way to deliciously smoke your meat without the smell of cooking gas or the hassle of getting wood chunks. Even though this home appliance creates less mess when smoking food, compared to other smokers, it still needs to be cleaned regularly to remove ash and grease from its interior cooking surface. Keeping your smoking appliance clean will increase its durability enabling it to last more than five years.

Things you will need to clean your electric cooker

  • Liquid dish soap
  • Old rags
  • Plastic knife
  • Paper towels
  • Whisk Broom
  • Dustpan
  • Smoke covers
  • Nylon scrubbing pad/brush
  • Organic cleaner spray
  • Sandpaper

How to clean an electric smoker


  • Before you start cleaning, unplug it from the power socket and wait until it is cold and safe to touch. Using cleaning chemical on a hot smoker will heat and vaporize on hot metal releasing noxious fumes.
  • Remove the grates and set them aside.
  • Disassemble it to allow you to reach all the areas you want to clean easily.

After that, you can start your cleaning process

Clean the grates and interior

After disassembling, start cleaning your grates to remove the layers and layers of grease and fat that have built up over time. These grease and fat come from the meat you cook. Although most of it dribbles down, a good amount of it gets stuck to the grate. If you do not clean your grate, the grease and fat stuck on it will get rancid. The rancid smell will then be absorbed into your food as you cook it making it smell bad. Properly cleaning your grate will ensure that it is grease free.

How to clean your electric smoker’s Interior

How to Clean an Electric SmokerSet the crates into a sink of warm soapy water. Leave them to soak in for at least 5 minutes and then scrub the grates clean with a brush or a nylon scrubbing pad. Afterward, rinse the grates to remove all the soap and dry it with paper towels.

In case there is any grease or other cooking debris stuck on the inside bottom, scrape them off with a plastic knife. Sop up the residue with paper towels. As you clean the interior, keep a close eye out for rust that may be building up in your electric smoker. Thereafter, get inside your appliance with a scrubber and an organic cleaner spray to clean its interior until it is grease free. Take care not to spray the electric heating element in your smoker.

Get rid of the rust

It is natural for this appliance to gather rust because it is made up of metals that get exposed to high temperatures and water from time to time. However, rust needs to be removed as soon as it is spotted. If not, it will spread onto a larger area on your smoker.

Use your sandpaper or wire brush to scrub out all traces of rust on or in the smoker. After you have removed the entire rust, wipe away all the debris created from the scrubbing. To protect your appliance from accumulating rust, use smoke at all times whether you are seasoning or not. The residue of the smoke creates a protective layer on the interior of your smoker that prevents it from rusting.

How to clean your electric smoker’s exterior

Put a clean rag in a mix of warm water and liquid soap. Use the dampened cloth to wipe down the outer part of your machine. Dry it using paper towels.

Cleaning the smoking chamber

Use a whisk broom and a dustpan to sweep up the ash stuck on the walls of the smoking chamber. Empty the ash from the smoking chamber.

After you are done cleaning your electric smoker, leave its door open to air-dry its interior. Thereafter, slide the cooking grates back into the notches inside the smoker. Set the smoker’s protective cover over your appliance until the next time you intend to use it.

Like many others, you have to spend quite a good bit of money to acquire a smoker. Hence, the electric smoker should be treated as an investment that needs regular cleaning and maintenance. This will ensure your smoker stay in excellent condition for that delicious smoky flavor for years to come.

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