You’ve just brought home your new Char-Broil grill. You beam with pride as you show it off to friends and family, enthusiastically awaiting the first time you’ll fire it up. You have big plans for this grill, and see it carrying you to BBQ fame in no time. There’s certainly a long life of happy grilling adventures ahead of you two.
But to ensure that you set your grill up for its best possible future, it’s vital to properly season it before the first use and every time you use it thereafter. Contrary to what the name suggests, “seasoning” the grill actually has nothing to do with the flavor of food. Instead, it is the simple process of heating and oiling the grates to help your grill stay functioning at its prime. Seasoning the grill will protect the grates from rust and will make them easier to clean, as well. Show a little TLC to your grill by seasoning it every time you use it, and rest assured that your partner-in-grilling-crime will be by your side for years to come.
To prevent rust and make your grill easier to clean, season it properly before and after each time you grill. You can see which grates need seasoning in our chart below. Here’s how to season your grill:
- While the grill is off, and the grates are cold, coat all the surfaces of the grates and emitters with the high heat cooking oil (such as Canola or Peanut oil).
- Wipe off any excess oil with a paper towel — the oil must coat the grates evenly.
- Ignite and heat your grill for 16 minutes or until the oil burns off or starts smoking.
- The shiny finish should now be dark brown or bronze. The darker and more seasoned the grates become, the hotter and more evenly they will cook.
- Once the grill has cooled, put a light coat of oil on after each use. This will help prevent rusting.
Tip: Use a spray bottle of oil to coat your grill grates for best results.
Tips For How To Season Your Grill
Each grill has a specific set of needs, and through using different grills you can become accustomed to the best way to care for each kind. As a general rule, grills that have stainless steel and cast iron grates, such as Char-Broil’s Commercial Series grills, should be seasoned before and after each use. If your grill is equipped with emitter plates, it’s also a good idea to season those as well. Porcelain grates, like those found in the Char-Broil Gourmet Grills, require no seasoning at all.