How To Clean Bradley Smoker Perfectly [3 Easy Steps]

If you don’t clean your Bradley smoker properly, then your device can become useless within a few months. Now you may be thinking to clean your electric smoker.

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But the problem is you don’t know know how to clean Bradley smoker after using it. Right?

No worries. We have got you back. In this article,  you will get to know how you can perfectly clean your Bradley smoker with a few easy steps.

Simply, follow our instructions. You will have a clean Bradley smoker within a short while. So, without any more delay, let’s get to cleaning…

How To Clean Bradley Smoker [3 Easy Steps]

It’s mandatory to clean your Bradley smoker after each time you use your smoker. If you don’t clean your smoker and clear off the debris, grease, and everything else after each usage, your smoker will get easily damaged.

An uncleaned smoker can leave a terrible smell as well that will surely affect the foods you cook in the future. So, to save your smoker and food from these effects, you need to clean your Bradley smoker in the proper manner. 

To thoroughly clean your Bradley smoker, go through this 3-step process. Here’s what you need to do.

Step 1: Preparation

Before setting out to clean the Bradley smoker, there are a few things you need to get ready. It’s important to prepare the device for proper cleaning.

Here are some important points to follow:

  • Unplug the Bradley smoker from all the outlets
  • Never immerse the smoker in water
  • Do not use any kind of spray inside the smoker
  • Do not use aluminum foil to cover up the inside of the smoker
  • Detach every part before getting to cleaning

Now, you are ready to jump into cleaning the smoker.

Step 2: Cleaning

Cleaning each and every part is important to get your smoker to function properly. Different parts of the smoker have different functions. And that’s why they attract different types of dirt and debris. Here’s how you can clean each part:

Bradley Racks:

Most of the time, food sticks to the racks. This can greatly damage the rack’s material. Black smoke can also be residue on the steel rack as well.

To clean these racks, simply soak them in hot soapy water and scrub off everything stuck on it. Sometimes, using the dishwasher can be enough. But, it’s always better to scrub and do the work of cleaning by yourself.

Bradley Drip Bowl:

It’s easy to forget about the drip bowl after you have cooked a delicious treat. But, keeping the drip bowl full of water and burned bisquettes will ruin the foods you will cook in the future. 

This is why you must take your time to clean the drip bowl properly. It’s not hard to do. Simply just drain the contents of the bowl and wash it in warm soapy water. Give it a little scrub and it’s ready for the next cooking session.

The V-Shaped Tray:

This part of the smoker undoubtedly attracts most junk. This drip tray is placed to cover the drip bowl and bisquette burner. For this positioning, most of the junk gets on this tray. Despite the huge amount of junk, it’s fairly easy to clean.

After the smoker is cool, remove the tray from the smoker and then soak it in hot soapy water. Wait for a few minutes before scrubbing the entire tray with a scrub brush. 

After that, soak it in soapy water again for the final wash. And then leave your cleaned V-shaped tray in the sun so that it dries properly.

Door Seals:

A lot of smoke residue accumulates on the door as smoke passes by. Eventually, the door seals get all gunky. This hugely affects the efficiency of the smoker. But you can clean the door seals easily. For this, you will need hot soapy water and a washcloth.

First, dampen the washcloth in soapy water. Then simply just wipe down the door seals and the smoker frame of the door seals. Just cleaning these spots is enough.

The Bisquette Burner:

To be honest, the bisquette burner doesn’t attract much dirt. However, it can get some ash buildup. Though you may find a moderate amount of ash after 2 or 3 cooking sessions, it’s better if you clean the burner after each usage.

As you can’t remove the bisquette burner, it is wise to clean it after handling the V-shaped tray. Once the V-shaped tray is out of the way, scrape the residual ashes off the burner surface.

You can use a traditional flathead screwdriver to do the scraping. This way you will reach every corner of the burner surface. After that, wipe everything that’s left. 

What Not To Clean:

There is a part of your smoker that you may not want to clean. Surprisingly, it is the inside of the smoke that we are talking about.

Most of the smoke usually escapes through the vent. Some of the black smoke residues hold the essence of the flavor. This essence penetrates the food you will cook in the future. So, the more smoke the smoker collects, the more flavourful the food will be.

This is why you shouldn’t try to clean the inside of the smoker. However, if you see bits of flakes, you can simply scrape them off with a screwdriver. Well, if you have dealt with all these parts you have basically cleaned the whole smoker. Now it’s time to wrap it all up.

Step 3: Wrap-Up

It’s important to perfectly store your smoker after cleaning it. This way your smoker device will last longer. Here’s how you can wrap it all up.

  • After all the parts (Racks, V-shaped tray, and drip bowl) are cleaned and dry, place them inside the smoker
  • Make sure the inside of the smoker is dry as well
  • Make sure the plugs are safely arranged
  • Don’t forget to insert the smoke generator back into the smoke tower
  • Cover up the smoker with a thick cloth to prevent it from dust

Maintaining these steps will keep your Bradley smoker clean and make it long-lasting as well. You may not feel like cleaning it after devouring the smoky fresh meal this smoker offers you.

But you must complete the cleaning process within 24 hours. Otherwise, you may have to pay a heavy toll.

Well, you can also watch the video on how to clean an electric smoker that will be helpful for you.


Can I pressure wash my Bradley smoker?

Usually, hot soapy water is used to wash a Bradley smoker. But, using pressure wash is actually a better option. 

Do I need to clean my smoker after every use?

The simple answer is, no, you don’t have to clean your Bradley smoker after every use. You can consider washing it after 2 or 3 uses. However, there are two things you must clean after every usage: 1. The ash buildup 2. The drip bowl

Can I wash my smoker racks in the dishwasher?

Yes, you can wash your smoker racks in the dishwasher. It’s safe if all the removable parts of your smoker run through the dishwasher.

Can I use oven cleaner on my Electric smoker?

You can use oven cleaner only to clean the outside of your smoker. But, it’s not safe to clean your smoker inside with oven cleaner.

Can I use apple cider vinegar to clean my smoker?

Yes, apple cider vinegar is super safe to clean your smoker. It’s also a healthy way to clean your smoker.

Can I clean my smoker inside with Coca-Cola?

Yes, you can clean your grill’s inside with Coca-Cola. It’s safe.

To Conclude:

Cleaning is undoubtedly one of the most important parts of using a Bradley smoker. If you want to enjoy its marvelous performance, then you have to keep it clean.

Plus, keeping the smoker cleaned always will keep you away from dealing with any smoker troubleshooting.

If you have any questions regarding the cleaning process of the Bradley smoker, feel free to ask in the comment section.

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2 thoughts on “How To Clean Bradley Smoker Perfectly [3 Easy Steps]”

  1. What about the burner rod at the back of the smoker. No one mentions cleaning it? I bought a used smoker. How do I clean the back rod? Can I buy a new rod? Thank you.


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