Being able to monitor the progress of your meat without opening the door is AWESOME!
But that cannot happen if your Pit Boss smoker’s glass has dirt and smoke buildup.
That’s why you should clean this part of the smoker often.
Here’s a how-to to clean the glass on a pit boss smoker.
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How To Clean The Glass On A Pit Boss Smoker
Most vertical smokers come with a glass door.
The glass door plays a crucial role in letting you see and monitor the internal temperatures of the cooking food.
This results in amazing food with a nice smoky flavor.
Cleaning the glass on a pit boss smoker is not complex, but it’s not simple either.
Read The Instructions Manual
Not all vertical smokers are the same.
The pellet grill manual will also let you know how often you should do deep cleaning.
If you still have questions about deep cleaning your smoker even after reading the manual, ask customer service.
They’ll be happy to help.
Cover The Working Area
Cover your working area before you begin the deep cleaning process.
This helps in protecting the floors and surfaces from grime and grease drippings.
Place a mat, newspapers, or tarpaulin beneath the smoker and on the entire working area.
If you don’t like the covering working area idea, move the wood pellet BBQ grill onto the grass. And wash it there.
Start The Smoker
Cleaning a pit boss smoker glass after use is easier than cleaning when you haven’t used it for a while.
That’s so because the grease and dirt buildup is still warm and loose.
This makes it easier to remove them than if they are hardened in an unused pit boss.
However, you can also ease the cleaning process of a vertical smoker that’s been unused for some time.
Simply heat it to maximum temperature for one hour. And let it cool down a bit.
Once the pit boss has cooled down, and the temperature swings are comfortable, clean up the glass door.
Note that this applies mainly to gas or electric smoker with auto temp control.
So, you can skip this process if you have a 100% all-natural hardwood pellet smoker.
Clean With Warm Soapy Water
After everything is nice and set, we move to the cleaning section.
The cleaning supplies you’ll need are warm water, dishwashing soap, and a soft cloth.
- Mix the dishwashing soap with warm water in a spray bottle.
- Next, open the pit boss glass door and clean it with warm soapy water.
- Spray the inside and outside of the glass door with a mixture of water.
- Start from the top of the inside to the bottom. Once done, move to the outside pit boss glass.
- Let the warm soapy water sit for a few minutes (like five minutes) before cleaning.
- Wipe the soapy mixture in circular motions using a soft cloth.
You can also use a sponge, damp cloth, old rag, or paper towels for cleaning.
Avoid using abrasive sponges and scouring pads when cleaning the glass. They can scratch the door, leaving marks.
Once done, the glass should come out clean.
But, if it has stayed without cleaning for a while, it may not be as clean as expected.
In that case, you’ll need to use other cleaning solutions.
Use Other Household Cleaning Agents
Sometimes the glass door has so much smoke buildup that warm soapy water is not enough to clean it well.
That’s more common if you always do basic cleaning. And hardly do deep cleaning.
Or you use stronger pellets instead of subtle pellets. E.g., Oakmont pellet, hickory, and mesquite.
Stronger pellets produce additional smokes. This can make your pit boss glass look like a burn pot.
On the other hand, high-quality pellets produce blue smoke, leading to the best-tasting food.
Examples of high-quality subtle pellets producing a beautiful smoke include cherry, apple, or fruit-flavored pellets.
So, if regular soap and water cannot remove the smoke and dirt buildup, use household cleaning supplies like white vinegar and baking soda.
Make a vinegar solution by mixing equal parts of hot water and white distilled vinegar in a spray bottle.
Spray the white vinegar solution on the glass and let it sit for 20-30 minutes.
Next, dip a scrub sponge in baking soda and clean the glass. The vinegar dissolves the dirt, while the bicarbonate soda acts as an abrasive.
Steer Clear Of Chemicals
Although most people clean their smokers using chemicals, that’s not recommended.
Chemicals like oven cleaners may be great at removing the grease buildup in ovens.
But, they’re not recommended for smokers.
One, they’re mostly made of caustic soda, which can negatively affect your health.
Caustic soda can also affect the flavor of your smoked meats.
Instead, opt for biodegradable cleaners like bicarbonate soda or white vinegar.
And if you must use chemicals, look for those that are not harsh and proven effective.
Rinse The Glass
Once you’re satisfied that the glass is clean, rinse it with warm water and a soft cloth to remove dirt and the cleaning agents.
Follow this with a second rinse using clean cold water. Once done, wipe the glass with a clean cloth to remove excess water.
Repeat If Need Be
Repeat the process if you are not satisfied with the results after the first cleanup.
Do the cleanup as often as possible until the glass is sparkling clean.
Cleaning the glass on a pit boss smoker is not complex, especially if you do regular cleaning.
So, if you don’t clean your smoker glass often, start now. You’ll have an easier time on your next cleanup.
Doing A Deep Clean Of Your Pit Boss?
If you’re also cleaning the grill gates and threat of your Pit Boss, see the resources below.
Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking, and getting out in the yard with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork, smoky pork loin, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill)
You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling adventures with you!
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