Regularly seasoning your BBQ grill can help extend its life and improve cooking results. A sizzling new season of backyard barbecues and outdoor cookouts beckons!
Whether you’ve invested in a shiny new BBQ or you’re maintaining your current one, a well-seasoned grill is the secret ingredient to successful barbecuing.
Why do we season a BBQ grill? The process of oiling and heating stainless steel or cast iron grates is beneficial for the following reasons:
- It may promote food safety by removing chemical residue from straight-from-the-factory grills.
- It allows for quick, even heating to help achieve the desired searing and tastiest grilling results.
- It produces a non-stick surface that can help make cooking and cleanup easier.
- It helps prevent rust for lasting use and enjoyment of your grill.
You’ll find all the supplies you need to properly season BBQ grills at Walmart.ca. This how-to guide offers easy steps to follow to help you do it right.
Steps on How to Season a BBQ Grill:
- Gather your supplies
- Thoroughly rinse cold grates and let them air-dry
- Lightly brush, spray or wipe grill with an even coat of high-heat cooking oil
- Ignite BBQ burners and let grill heat and smoke
- Scrape food and grime off grates
- Turn off the heat and let the grill cool
- Apply more oil
Gather your supplies
Only a few basic supplies are needed whether you’re seasoning your BBQ grill for the very first time or maintaining the one you’ve been cooking on for years. BBQ chefs will find everything they need at Walmart.ca:
Thoroughly rinse cold grates and let them air dry
It’s not necessary to wash your brand-new BBQ grill with dish soap before seasoning it. Simply rinse it with clean water and let it air dry completely. The same goes for an existing grill that’s currently in use—ensure the grate is cold before you start rinsing it off. It’s also a good idea to scrape off built-up grime or rust that’s become burned on during frequent barbecuing.
If your old grate is too far gone, you can always replace it with a non-stick coated cooking grid by Backyard Grill. It features a universal design that you can adjust to fit many gas grills (extends to 19.75 inches wide by 14 inches deep). Of course, you’ll want to season it before barbecuing those yummy hamburgers and hot dogs.
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Lightly brush, spray or wipe grill with an even coat of high-heat cooking oil
You can use a basting brush like the one included in this set of stainless-steel barbecue tools by Pit Boss to apply a thin coat of cooking oil on the grill. Make sure you’re using food-grade oil that has a high smoke point.
New paint brushes that are clean and have never been used can work well for this purpose, too.
Spraying is another simple method for applying high-heat oils. This glass bottle by Trudeau Maison has a pump spray that can come in handy whether you’re seasoning your grid or grilling veggies. The built-in filter also helps allow you to infuse your favourite olive oil with flavourful herbs to spritz on salads.
You only need to apply a light coat, so a roll of Sponge Towels Ultra by Sponge Towels can come in handy for wiping off excess oil as you prepare to season your grill.
These paper towels are designed with super absorbent pockets and feature choose-a-size sheets. They are also useful for cleaning up everything from barbecue sauce drips to messy ketchup bottles to your munchkin’s mustard mustache.
Ignite BBQ burners and let grill heat and smoke
Turn on your gas or charcoal barbecue and let it get good and hot for at least 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the unit. Smoking starts as the oil burns off the grate. It’s a good sign when the shiny metal finish turns a dark brown or bronze-type colour. The darker, the better. It means your BBQ grill is more seasoned.
Scrape food and grime off grates
Maybe you’re seasoning an older grill. As the BBQ heats up throughout the seasoning process, burned-on food and layers of carbon start to loosen, so scraping off the grates becomes easier.
Worried about food safety? Here’s a natural wood BBQ scraper by Backyard Grill that’s a grate choice for anyone concerned about using brushes with wire bristles to clean their grills during seasoning or after cooking. This wooden tool customizes to the grill and has a handy flange that can make it helpful whether you’re scraping off hard-to-reach areas or trying to lift a hot grid.
Turn off the heat and let the grill cool
Notice how the effects of the high temps on the oil have caused the grates to become darker as a non-stick surface is created. Now your grill is perfectly seasoned! You should find it easier to flip burgers, sear steaks and cook vegetables on the barbie like a pro. When food starts sticking, it’s time to season your grill again.
Apply more oil
To help prevent rusting and make your BBQ grill last longer, apply another light coating of oil to your seasoned grate once it has safely cooled off. Some barbecue chefs recommend seasoning stainless steel and cast-iron grates before and after each use while others might opt to season every few months. It’ll depend on your preference and how much grilling you do.
If you’d prefer a canola-free product, you might want to try this easy-to-use spray conditioner by Camp Chef. Use it when you’re seasoning a cast iron grill (like this one by Lodge) before it’s first use. It can also be used as maintenance between cookouts. It contains all-natural ingredients and comes in a handy little 8-ounce bottle. You only need to spray on a small amount at a time to help treat and protect your BBQ grill.
Now that you know how to season a BBQ grill, can’t you almost smell that deliciously barbecued fare?
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