How to Season a New Gas Grill

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When a grill is properly seasoned, your meat shows it with appetizing grill marks.
When a grill is properly seasoned, your meat shows it with appetizing grill marks. (Image: barbecue #1 image by Aaron Kohr from Fotolia.com)

In grilling and barbecue circles, it is said that one must season his grill in order to cook quality food. Seasoning the grill helps to create a nonstick surface upon which to cook meat and other items, along with giving a good surface with which to make appetizing grill marks on food. It also helps to ensure that remnants of previously cooked food are removed from the grill. It's exciting to start cooking on a new grill, but taking the time to season it will pay off in the long run.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray-on oil, butter or cooking oil
  • Soap and water
  • Propane
  • Grill
  • Wire brush
  • Grill scraper

Clean the grill grate by scraping it and brushing it with a wire brush. Remove the grill grate in order to clean both sides thoroughly. Washing the grill grate in hot, soapy water is recommended, but it is often considered optional.

Coat the clean grill grate with a nonstick cooking spray, spray-on butter or cooking oil. Be sure to coat the entire grill grate.

Return the grill grate to the grill. Shut the lid, light the grill burners and turn up the heat. Cook the grill grate until the heat reaches over 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Turn the grill burners off, and wait for the grill grate to cool completely. It is important to keep the lid down during this process.

Repeat the previous steps up to four times. The heating and cooling process acts to bake a coating onto the grill grate.

Spray oil onto the grill with each use, and allow it to heat up before applying food. The grill should also be cleaned well prior to each use.

Tips & Warnings

  • By keeping your grill clean and maintained, you will extend the life of your grill considerably.
  • Always use caution when operating your grill.
  • Do not operate your grill in an area underneath trees or with little ventilation.
  • Do not leave your grill unattended.

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