For this blog we are going to cover seasoning our pellet grill, but the same basic steps apply if you have a Vertical Smoker (minus seasoning the Flame Broiler Plate).
1. Make sure you have a high temperature oil or bacon grease
It’s important to use an oil that can withstand high temperatures such as canola, peanut, or coconut oil. We all love olive oil, but at high temperatures, olive oil can have a strong flavor that doesn’t compliment most BBQ. Some would argue that it isn’t healthy to consumer olive oil that has reached its smoke point of 375°F (but the science is still out on that one).
Bacon grease can also be an acceptable substitute for cooking oil if you don’t mind the flavor of bacon in everything you cook on your grill. It just comes down to personal preference.
Note: It’s easiest to use a spray oil but a basting brush will do if you don’t have any or want to use bacon grease.
2. Apply a liberal amount of oil or grease to the grates and Flame Broiler Plate
If using a spray, use a dry paper towel to spread the oil across the surface of the grates and the Flame Broiler Plate. On the plate, slide the plate back and forth so the oil gets into the spaces between the plates. Feel free to apply to other steel areas inside the grill such as the probes.
3. Put the plate and grates back on the grill and turn it on
Follow the startup procedures outlined in your manual and once when the initial startup is complete, increase the temperature to 375°F. Let your Pit Boss run for about 15 minutes or so.
4. Smoke on!
You’re now ready to start cooking on your Pit Boss! Head on over to our recipes page to check out our deliciously crafted dishes made specifically for your pellet grill or smoker.