If you own and use a smoker for your meats, then sooner or later you’ll realize how dirty those smoker racks can get after you used them.
The grime on those things can be rather nasty, and it’s unpleasant to think about putting your food in contact with those dirty racks.
The taste of your smoked meats will be affected too, and not in a good way. However, it’s not all that hard to learn about how to clean smoker racks.
Here are some methods you can try:
1. Use a Scrub Brush.
You can then brush of the grime and you’re good to go. It’s simple and easy. You do get the best results when you do your scrubbing righter grilling and the rack is still warm.
Don’t let the rack cool off, and instead immediately scrape each grate with your scrub brush. Don’t forget that you need to clean the top and bottom sides.
As the brush becomes hot as well, you can dip it in water to create a steam. The steam loosens the grease from the rack so the cleaning goes faster. The steam also keeps away any insects that may be attracted to your dirty rack.
You can also a wadded foil of aluminum to scrub the rack, if you don’t have any scrubbing brushes available. After scrubbing the rack, you may want to wipe the rack down with a cloth.
2. Use Heat.
Some people don’t have the energy to use a scrub brush too often, so instead they use heat. This may be more effective especially with stubborn grease and grime.
To do this, you need to get your rack hot again until it reaches a high temperature of 550 degrees F. This will be hot enough to burn up all the grease caked on the rack.
You can do this with your grill using aluminum foil on top of the rack, or you can put the rack in your oven.
About 10 to 15 minutes in this temperature should do the job nicely. You’ll find that the grease has turned into white powder, which you can easily brush off.
3. Soak the Rack.
All you need to do is to fill up a large bucket (or your sink) with water and a bit of dish soap. Put in a little baking soda too.
Let the racks soak into this mixture for at least an hour. After that, you can take the rack out, scrub it, and then rinse it clean.
You ought to do this at least twice a year. Try to do it before the holiday seasons when your smoker will be in great use, so you can start fresh with really clean smoker racks.
Just be careful as to which brushes you use for your racks. The cheap ones may have bristles that easily fall out and those can get stuck on your food. Use high quality brushes instead