HOW TO CLEAN A SMOKER
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If you have a smoker, you're more than aware - and thankful for - the more flavor for less work benefits. But any type of cooking appliance can suffer from grease and food residue buildup over time, and a smoker is no different. This accumulation, paired with improper or infrequent cleaning technique, can hinder the signature flavor-maximizing abilities of your smoker over time.
It's best to clean your smoker pit with a non-abrasive cleaner. Most of the time, your standard soapy water just isn't strong enough to clean the grease buildup that can accumulate inside a grill.
Simple Green Heavy-Duty BBQ & Grill Cleaner's formula removes baked-on grease, food, and carbon deposits from a wide variety of grill surfaces. The powerful cleaner is clean-rinsing, so you can use it to deep clean the exterior and interior of your smoker without worrying about lingering chemical residue.
Make sure your smoker has had plenty of time to cool down before you begin cleaning.
TIP: The inside of your smoker will continue to darken with use and will not return to a shiny, silver color. The darkening actually slows rusting and improves overall performance.
TIP: This is also a good time to check your thermometer's calibration. Stick the stem in boiling water and see if it reads the correct temperature. If it's reading incorrectly, adjust using the nut at the back of the thermometer.
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