While the grill is off, and the grates are cold, coat all the surfaces of the grates and emitters with high heat cooking oil (such as Canola or Peanut oil).
How to Season Your Char-Broil® Grill
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 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 remain 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, follow these steps to season your grill.
Grill Seasoning Instructions
Wipe off any excess oil with a paper towel. The oil should coat the grates evenly.
Ignite the grill, heating for 16 minutes or until the oil burns off or the grill begins to smoke.
The shiny finish should turn 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, apply a light coat of oil after each use. This will help prevent rusting.