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How to Season Cast Iron Grill Grates Step-by-Step

how to season cast iron grill grates
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Knowing how to season cast iron grill grates saves you money and keeps your BBQ grill in top working condition. Here’s how to do it quickly and easily.

Cast iron is a porous material. To care for it, you need to coat those pores with layers of oil. This process is called seasoning. It repels water, prevents rust and creates a non-stick surface over time. No matter how well you clean your grill grates, they won’t last unless you season them before you put them away.

For the best results, season your cast iron grill whenever you finish cooking. Read on for how to season cast iron grill grates.

How to Season Cast Iron Grill Grates

Season new grill grates before you use them.
Season new grill grates before you use them. (Foto: CC0 / Pixabay / Pexels)

If your cast iron grill is brand new, you can jump straight to seasoning it using the steps below. However, if it’s dirty or rusted, you’ll need to clean it before re-seasoning. Check out How to Clean Grill Grates Step-by-Step and clean them effectively without harming the environment.

Instructions for seasoning cast iron grill grates:

  1. Clean your grill if necessary.
  2. Once the grates are dry and while the grill is still warm, apply a thin layer of your favorite cooking oil to each grate using either a natural bristle brush or a paper towel alternative.
  3. If this is the first time you’ve seasoned your cast iron grill, you may want to apply several coats. After the first seasoning, one coat should be enough.
  4. Turn the heat to around 400°F and leave it on for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat, and you’re done.

Looking for healthy, easy meal ideas for your BBQ? Check out Utopia’s recipes for grilled cornbread, grilled asparagus and beer marinade.

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