If you have just purchased a new outdoor grill, you may not even yet realize the benefits or importance of seasoning your outdoor grills. It is not just charcoal grills that require seasoning before use, either. Adequately preparing any type of grill will allow for optimal performance while extending its life and longevity.
Taking the time to learn about seasoning your propane grills will not only ensure adequate function but will also make them easier to clean and maintain. Make sure that you give your grill some extra attention by seasoning it after every use. Cleaning your outdoor grills properly will ensure their continued usefulness for years to come.
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WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER SEASONING YOUR GRILL?
Seasoned grills are easier to clean, and a well-seasoned grill imparts a better flavor. The juices and fats from the food coat all interior surfaces, giving a distinctive grilled taste. Seasoning your grill ensures that the flavor continues to improve with every use.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SEASONING YOUR OUTDOOR GRILLS
Seasoning your propane grills, or grills of the charcoal variety is much easier than you might think. Here, we offer some steps that will make cleaning your propane grills a snap, providing you with reliably performing equipment for the long term. To season your grill, start by:
- Coating all surfaces of surface and emitters with a high-heat cooking oil. Canola, safflower, grapeseed, or peanut oils tend to work the best. Use a rag or spray container to evenly distribute the oil.
- Next, simply wipe the excess oil off of any surfaces with a paper towel. This will allow the surface or bars to be evenly coated. Using oil in this way prevents food from sticking to the surface of your grill.
- After you have wiped the grill surfaces, ignite it to a medium heat. You will want to allow the grill to burn for about 15 minutes, or until the oil burns off and smoke begins to come out of the grill.
- If you are seasoning a new grill, the chrome finish on the metal pieces should turn into a darker brown or copper color. Darker surface indicates that your seasoning process is working. You want a darker surface for hotter and more even cooking.
- When the grill has cooled off, make sure to use a paper towel to apply a thin coat of high-heat oil after every use. This prevents rusting and keeps the mechanical parts of your grill working well.
For optimum results in cleaning your BBQ grill, we recommend seasoning surface both before and after each time you use the grill. Emitter plates and surface should both be addressed during the seasoning process.
Take the time to attentively season your grill, and your efforts are sure to pay off with improved taste, performance and ease of use. It’s also important to protect your grill or cooker from the elements all year round. That means utilizing a grill cover or storing it away in a garage or barn (with the propane tank detached for safety) during the offseason.’
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