Excess buildup of burned grease and food particles in your digital electric smoker will reduce the smoker’s cooking performance over time. Keeping it clean, with just a few easy steps, will ensure it remains in top working condition. Remember to use only non-abrasive cleaners; mild dish detergent works great.
After every use:
- Empty the smoker box to remove ash. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Do not immerse the box or lid in water.
- Wash the cooking racks, water pan and drip tray with warm soapy water, rinse and dry. For stick-free cooking and easy cleaning, apply a coat of vegetable oil or vegetable oil-based spray to the cooking racks before each use.
- Clean the meat probe with a damp cloth using soapy water and wipe dry. Do not place under running water, immerse or soak in water.
- Wipe the door seal with a damp cloth to get rid of the smoke residue that builds up after each use.
Clean the Smoker Cooking Chamber
To clean the interior chamber of the smoker let it cool completely. Remove the racks, water pan, drip tray and smoker box. Brush any particle buildup downward toward the bottom of the smoker. Sweep the residue out of the chamber. Using warm soapy water, gently scrub the interior surfaces of the smoker with a sponge or a plastic bristle brush (do not use metal). Wipe it dry. If you use a bristle brush, make sure no loose bristles remain on any of the cooking surfaces prior to cooking.
Note: The interior of the cooking chamber will continue to darken with use and will not return to a shiny silver color with scrubbing. This darkening inhibits rusting and actually improves the performance of the infrared cooking system.
Clean the Outside of the Smoker
Clean the exterior control panel on top of the smoker by wiping with a damp cloth using warm soapy water. Wipe dry.
If your smoker is equipped with a window, use only cleaners approved for use on ceramic glass cook tops, and clean both the interior and exterior.
Clean the Thermostats
With a damp cloth using soapy water, clean the surface of the two thermostats located on the rear inside wall of the smoker and wipe dry.