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Old 06-08-2007, 10:35 AM   #1
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Yesterday I seasoned the grates that came with my grill... last night I cooked some chicken in the main grill indirectly with fire in the SFB. Unfortunately I burned off all the seasoning on the grates in the SFB *sigh*. So now I know that when smoking to take out the grates in the SFB, but how do you prevent destroying the seasoning on the grates when grilling directly over hot coals?

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Old 06-08-2007, 11:18 AM   #2
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I never clean my grates after cooking. The residual fats and oils from the meats will keep the grates nicely seasoned.

Every once in a while, after the grill warms up, roll up some paper towels (like a large egg roll), lightly soak with canola or vegetable oil and wipe the grates using tongs to hold the towels.

BTW - You made me go out and pick up a rack of St. Louis for Saturday.
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Old 06-08-2007, 12:51 PM   #3
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What is this?

BTW - You made me go out and pick up a rack of St. Louis for Saturday.

Would you please explain what rack of St Louis is?

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I took the cooking grate out of my SFB, as I doubt I'll ever use it.

Whenever I smoke something, the grates that the food rests on get an incredible amount of build-up on them.

I've also found that if I get a rip-roaring hot fire, say, up to 450 degrees F or so, in the main cooking chamber, I'll burn the seasoning right off the cooking grates.

I use a brass-bristled grill brush to remove excess build-up from my grates, but, that brush won't get everything off. So, my grates usually stay nice and seasoned.
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BTW - You made me go out and pick up a rack of St. Louis for Saturday.

Would you please explain what rack of St Louis is?

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Product - St. Louis Style Ribs
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Ahh thanks for the tips. I guess if I use the main firebox for direct grilling I will just have to be careful not to get it too hot. I really really want to avoid removing the seasoning. It is so time consuming reseasoning.

What are your feeling on seasoning with vegetable oil vs. lard/bacon grease? I used vegetable oil this time but I am considering reseasoning my SFB grates with lard... and then probably never using them =P

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Ahh thanks for the tips. I guess if I use the main firebox for direct grilling I will just have to be careful not to get it too hot. I really really want to avoid removing the seasoning. It is so time consuming reseasoning.

What are your feeling on seasoning with vegetable oil vs. lard/bacon grease? I used vegetable oil this time but I am considering reseasoning my SFB grates with lard... and then probably never using them =P

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The only way you will remove the seasoning is 1) You keep having fires without actually cooking anything 2) You leave the lid open for a year or so.

Believe me, once you have grilled/smoked a few times you'll see. I actually have to wipe my grates off every once in a while because there is too much oil on them. I even direct grill 70% of the time.

Veggie oil and canola oil do not have any flavors that will permiate your meats and will soak in to the cast grates.
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