How to Season an Electric Smoker: A Guide for Newbies

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So you just bought a brand new electric smoker and are now looking to season an electric smoker? Well, we have the perfect how-to article for you.

Seasoning your electric smoker is essential because it helps protect it from rust and ensures a longer life. It also burns off the residues left over from manufacturing as well as coating the inside with a thin film oil that, after heating, will help protect it and ensure a longer life.

We’ll show you how to season your new electric smoker in a few simple steps in this how-to guide.

Seasoning your electric smoker is extremely important. It helps protect it from rust and ensures longer life. It also burns off the residues left over from manufacturing and coating the inside with a thin film oil that, after heating, will help protect it and ensure a longer life.

How to Season an Electric Smoker: Step by Step Guide 

The technique I use to season my electric smokers is somewhat general. Still, it will apply to nearly any electric smoker.

The following is the most widely accepted approach. You can be sure you’ve completed things correctly if you follow them.

Make Sure Your Smoker Is Completely Assembled

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully when you’re finished putting your new smoker together. Then, when you’ve finished, check for any missing, broken, or potentially defective components that may need replacing.

If you want, wash the insides

Wash the smoker’s insides with a damp cloth to remove any dirt or debris that may have accumulated in transit. It is optional, but it will help things go more smoothly when you’re ready for seasoning.

Use a Thin Coat of Cooking Oil to the Interior Surfaces

Lightly coat the interior surfaces of your smoker with a thin layer of cooking oil. You can use any cooking oil, such as vegetable oil or peanut oil. Cooking sprays work well for this purpose too.

Make Sure the Smoker is Completely Dry

Allow the smoker to dry completely before continuing. It may take up to 24 hours. So plan to get started with your first smoking session as soon as possible.

Finish the Smoker’s Surface by Rubbing a Very Thin Layer of Cooking Oil

Use Clean Cloth to moisten the surface

Use a fresh, clean cloth to moisten the surface of your cooking oil. Thoroughly rub this over every inch of the smoker’s exterior surfaces, making sure to get into all of the nooks and crannies.

Turn on the Smoker

Make sure the smoker is completely dry before you plug it in. Once it’s turned on, please leave all of its components alone and Completely Open any Vents. If you have not already, fully open the vents and go them that way throughout the seasoning process.

Set the Temperature to Maximum

Once the smoker is lit and you’ve left all of its vents completely open, set it to maximum temperature. It will be somewhere between 275 and 350 degrees Fahrenheit for most electric smokers.

I recommend using a remote thermometer or wireless probe to monitor the smoker’s internal temperature, as this will ensure that you don’t overcook anything as it seasons.

Leave to Heat Through for 3 Hours

After the smoker has been turned on and is heating up, let it go undisturbed for at least two hours. Suppose you have a remote thermometer or wireless probe. In that case, you can check on the smoker’s internal temperature after two hours to see how it looks.

After three total hours have passed, you can turn off the smoker and allow it to cool down completely.

Reapply a Very Thin Coat of Cooking Oil

Once your electric smoker is entirely okay, you can repeat the oiling process one more time using a fresh cloth to moisten your cooking oil. Then, once again, apply a skinny coat of cooking oil to the exterior surfaces, making sure to get into all of the nooks and crannies.

Seasoning is Done!

Your smoker is now seasoned, and it will be ready to go when you are.

How to Clean Your Smoker After Seasoning

Once your smoker has been seasoned, you should not need to clean it very often. You can clean the interior surfaces with a damp cloth to remove any excess oil, but don’t 

use soap or detergents to clean your smoker.

If you need soap or detergents on your electric smoker, avoid getting any water inside it as this could cause damage.

I recommend cleaning your smoker after each use, or at least every few uses, depending on how often you smoke foods in it.

Should You Use Wood Chips When Seasoning?

In my opinion, the best way to season an electric smoker is not with wood chips. Therefore, I usually avoid using them for this purpose at all.

I don’t recommend using wood chips because they may not generate enough heat to season your smoker correctly. If you use them, you may wind up with a smoky kitchen as you season your smoker.

If this happens, be sure to open all the windows and use an exhaust fan to help with air circulation if you can.

Wood chips may also leave behind a lot of residues that will be difficult to remove, which can make for a real mess.

What oil should I use?

You should make sure that you use a high smoke point cooking oil at all times. Cooking oils with low smoke points will burn up quickly, leaving no protective layer we wish to accomplish.

Canola oil is heat-resistant to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, ideal for smoking seasoning. As a result, it’s also great for lubricating grill grates and applying to meat before grilling or smoking. In addition, canola oil has a neutral flavor undetectable in your finished smoked dish.

Final Thoughts on How to Season an Electric Smoker

Once your smoker has been seasoned, it will be ready to smoke delicious food in no time!

Z Hashan

Z Hashan

Hi, my name is Z Hashan, and I’m passionate about smoking the best BBQ. There’s nothing more satisfying than cooking a delicious piece of BBQ and seeing the joy on people’s faces while they have a bite of it.

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