When you are done smoking you will notice how the entire process is messy, but the good thing is that it is not hard to clean. Cleaning an electric smoker is different from cleaning the grill where you have to use your strength to scrub the grill down.
The smoking chamber is usually made of stainless steel or porcelain coated steel because it has to keep the temperature inside. That means if you start scrubbing the interior you can peel off that coating and destroy your smoker. That is why you have to do it differently.
Don’t use any chemicals in the smoker because you can’t clean them 100% off the surface and when you turn the smoker up those chemicals can end up in your food. You can use water or even a combination of water and vinegar for harder dirt.
Before you start cleaning your electric smoker, make sure it is turned down and cold. You don’t want to touch a hot smoker or you will get burned. The first step in cleaning your smoker is removing everything you can remove. Smoking racks, water and drip pan and the wood chip pan. If you are sure that they can be cleaned in the dishwasher, put them inside and let the dishwasher do the hard job so you can focus on the smoking chamber.
The first step in cleaning the smoking chamber is to gently remove all the excess residue on the walls with the plastic brush. It has to be plastic because the metal one will damage the chamber. Now that you have removed everything you could without adding water, proceed to next step.
That is using water or a combination of water and vinegar and spray it all over the chamber. Leave it for a couple of minutes so the vinegar can soften the residue. Now, use a sponge and gently brush everything until you clean it. This can be a dull process which lasts for some time, but once you are done there is only one thing you have to do.
Wipe the entire chamber with a paper towel and make sure that you haven’t missed anything. That is everything you can do inside of the smoker and now you can go to the outside.
If you use a protective cover (buy cover on Amazon) you won’t have to clean it that much, the usual wipe with the wet rag should do the trick. If it is dirty you can use some soap with it to make it all shiny again.
The more you use the smoker the darker the smoking chamber will be. That doesn’t mean it is not clean it just means that with use the silver color will darken and that is completely natural state that happens with every smoker.
But, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to clean it, you do, but I want to say to you that it will never be as shiny as the first day you have opened it and started smoking.