Cast Iron Cooking on a Pit Boss

If you own a Pit Boss Wood Pellet Grill, you’re probably a big fan of options. The 8 in 1 cooking versatility that comes standard in all our pellet grills is a huge reason why outdoor cooks around the country have chosen to become a member of #PitBossNation. Cast Iron Cooking can add even more weapons in your BBQ Arsenal.

For instance, you can trap and infuse the natural juices and fat of your meat that would have otherwise dripped thru the grates and onto your Flame Broiler Plate.

Discover how cooking with cast iron can give your BBQ meals a flavorful boost as well as unlock recipes you otherwise would not be able to do on the grill.

If you’ve never used a cast iron skillet or pan before, no worries! Learn how to care and maintain cast iron cookware as well as how to cook a full course cast iron meal!

Why Cook with Cast Iron?

Cast iron cooking on the grill offers Pit Boss Grillers (and their guests) many benefits that can really make their Saturday afternoon grilling experience a feast of epic flavors. Here’s our top three:

You can take it anywhere there’s a flame

Cooking on the grill? Check!

Going Camping? Check!

Stove top? Yup!

In the oven? You betcha!

Cast iron cookware is so versatile and durable that it can withstand any type of flame you subject it to, even an open flame in a campfire.

Chefs love that you can sauté or fry chicken on the stove top, making the skin nice and crispy, and then throw the whole pan in the oven to finish the cook. On a Pit Boss, this process is simplified by just adjusting the temperature on the control board. With a cast iron skillet, a Pit Boss Wood Pellet Grill is also a fryer and an oven!

Get a nice, flat sear

For some cuts, like steak, grill marks are ideal. However, there are some times where a nice flat sear will do even better.

For instance, we all love to grill our burgers. But imagine if you could have the fun of grilling your burgers outside, but all the flavor of a burger the way it was meant to be cooked, in its own fat and juices.

Grilling a burger means that the juicy and fatty goodness of the ground beef falls thru your grates to the nether regions of the grill. All of those savory elements are lost to the grilling gods.

A cast iron skillet (or griddle), on the other hand, locks in those juices by creating a searing crust on the outer layer of the burger. The result is a juicy, tender burger with a nice crust.


A Pit Boss Grill can function like an oven when you close the lid and the Flame Broiler Plate. As a result, you can bake savory dishes like deep dish pizza and shepherd’s pie or tasty treats like apple pie and corn bread, all of which come out better when cooked in a cast iron skillet. The cast iron gives each of these dishes a nicely golden and even crust. Much more so that a traditional baking sheet or dish.

Have you ever heard of a Pizookie? No? Well, it’s quite literally the best thing you will ever put in your belly. A Pizookie, when you break it down, is both pie and cookie.

Not sold yet?

All baked on a Pit Boss, who would have thunk it?

Cast Iron Care and Maintenance

It’s important to note that cast iron cookware needs to be cared and maintained properly n order to preserve its original cast iron properties. Since the iron is not treated or coated it can rust when exposed to the elements. Just know that if you give your cast iron cookware the attention it requires, it should last forever.

Before using your cast iron pan for the first time, it’s important to season the pan. This helps prevent materials from sticking to your pan. Seasoning is easy and your pan should be re-seasoned lightly after every use to maintain its nonstick surface.

Pit Boss Cast Iron Cookware comes pre-seasoned but will need to be re-seasoned lightly as well after cooking.

How to season a cast iron pan

To season your cast iron pan (or any cast iron cookware) perform the following steps:

  1. Scrub skillet well in hot soapy water.
  2. Dry thoroughly.
  3. Spread a thin layer of vegetable or canola oil all over the pan’s surface.
  4. Place it upside down on your Pit Boss at 375°F
  5. Bake 1 hour; let cool in the grill.
  6. Repeat once more to ensure full seasoning.

The surface of your skillet should look like this.

Light/Minor re-seasoning

For a light re-seasoning, after cleaning your pan with water, dry and set on medium to low heat until all moisture has evaporated. Add in ½ teaspoon of oil and wipe the oil with paper towels throughout the surface of the pan, spreading it evenly. Continue rubbing the oil with the paper towel until there is no oil residue left on the pan. Let the pan cool completely.

How to clean a cast iron pan

A Cast iron pan should never be washed in the dishwasher. Instead, while the pan is still warm, wipe off excess food or liquid with a paper towel. Then rinse under hot water while scrubbing with a non-abrasive brush or scrub pad to remove the remaining food.

Cast iron rust prevention

Follow these cleaning and seasoning tips each and every time you use your cast iron cookware, as well as performing a major seasoning every other month pf consistent use should prevent rust from accumulating on your cast iron pans and griddles. However, if you do see some rust build up, it can easily be removed with vinegar as described below.

How to get rust off a cast iron skillet with vinegar

To get started, all you need is some water, white vinegar and an abrasive scrubber.

  1. Create a mixture of half water and half white vinegar and let the mixture soak in the pan for 1-6 hours depending on how much rust is on the pan.
  2. Take your scrubber and gently scrub away the rust off the pan.
  3. Season your cast iron cookware.

Delicious Cast Iron Recipes

To start on your journey of discovering tasty and satisfying meals to cook in your new cast iron pots, pans, skillets and griddles, here is a 3-course meal that is aimed to please:

Appetizer: Bison Meatballs

Looking for the perfect party appetizer? Wow your guests with these delicious Bison Meatballs with Cider Mustard Sauce. These meatballs make for a delicious and impressive cocktail snack that are sure to have your guests asking for the recipe. The cast iron pan allows the meatballs to cook partially in the sauce, creating a braising effect making the end result tender and incredibly juicy.

Dinner: Easy Shepherd’s Pie with Tri Tip

This Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe is the perfect meal for a busy family on the move. In less than an hour you will have a filling and delicious comfort food experience. Using a cast iron pan delivers a nice, flaky crust to the bottom and side walls of the cheesy potato pie.

Dessert: Hickory Honey Sea Salt Caramel Brownie

Satisfy your sweet & savory cravings with these delicious, & gooey caramel brownies with hickory honey sea salt. The cast iron skillet delivers a perfectly firm crust and soft, almost creamy interior.

Get High Quality, Pre-seasoned Cast Iron Cookware from Pit Boss

Great for roasting, frying, braising and more, our premium cast iron cookware was made for the pellet grill as well as camping, your stove top, oven and more! All cast iron products are 100% cast iron metal, pre-seasoned, and have a natural, non-stick surface for easy clean up.

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