What could be more delicious than having your favorite grilled meat at the dining table? And when it comes to grilling, the whole things revolve around seasoning.
Seasoning your meat ideally is mandatory to add flavors and taste to it.
But that’s not all! Meat is not the only thing that needs to be seasoned. You need to season your Weber grill, especially if you have bought a new one.
Wondering how to dress it?
Don’t worry! This post will tell you why seasoning is necessary and how to season a Weber grill for the first time.
Why Do You Need to Season Your New Weber Grill?
When you can directly pick your grill and BBQ on it, why is there a need to season it? Let’s figure out the reasons.
Reason#1: Eliminate Funky Smell
Have you ever noticed that when you bring a new grill, it smells of manufacturing material? Imagine the flavor of your food when this smell enters it during grilling. Burning coal and spices also absorb this funky smell. To avoid this situation, you need to season your grill.
Reason#2: Removal of Contaminants
Polishing materials or micro pieces of the manufacturing material are attached to the Weber grill when you buy it. This material is hazardous and can produce adverse effects on health. Seasoning the grill will ensure the removal of these chemicals.
Reason#3: Non-Sticky Surface
Your food sticks to the Weber grill when you use it for the first time. When you season it with oil, it will moisten and become non-sticky. Also, it will aid in attaining the perfect texture of food.
Reason#4: Enhanced Flavors
When you season the grill, it not only becomes safe to use, but the spices you use during seasoning also enhance the flavor of your food. Thus, seasoning the grill ensures that the food you cook is healthier and tasteful.
How to Season a Weber Grill?
After going through the reasons for seasoning your grill, you will be looking to do so immediately. So, let’s begin the guide.
- Vegetable Oil
- Dish Soap or Washing Mixture
- Clean boasting brush or paintbrush
- Spices (whatever you like, specifically cinnamon sticks or cloves)
Step#1: Clean Your Weber Grill
First of all, you need to clean your Weber grill with a simple cloth. Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill will be a good pick when buying a new grill.
It is 22.5 inches in diameter and holds at least 13 burgers simultaneously, a pretty high capacity. It has ample ash storage that a single press can remove.
Its body is made up of porcelain, a rust-resistant material. Moreover, it retains heat which assists the cooking process.
Step#2: Remove and Clean Grates
Remove the grates from your grill and clean them. Wash them using dish soap and then rinse them with water. Make sure to rinse it properly, and then air dry it. Repeat the exact process to clean the body of the grill.
Step#3: Lubricate the Grill
Take vegetable oil and use a brush to lubricate the grates. Also, lubricate the insides of the upper and lower portion of the Weber grill’s bowl. You must apply a uniform layer of oil during the process. Then place the grates inside the grill.
Step#4: Place and Burn Charcoal
Now place charcoals above and below the grates. After that, ignites them and close the lid of the grill. Let the coals burn and produce smoke. This smoke will eliminate the smell.
Step#5: Add Spices
It is an additional step for better results. When coals start burning, pour the spices over them. Then close the grill. The odor of spices will adsorb the grill’s aroma as well. Keep the grill closed for at least 30 minutes.
Step#6: Open and Clean the Grill
After the required time, open the grill and let the smoke evolve. Remove coal ashes from the grill. Clean the grill again with a cloth. Your grill is now ready to do its job.
One more thing, do not freak out if you see that your grates have lost their shine after seasoning. It will happen because of the removal of the polish on cast iron.
Pro Tip: After cleaning the grill, place some lemon peels or raw coal in it. It will absorb any leftover smell.
Seasoning Weber Grill for the First Time – Preventive Measures
Although a hectic process, seasoning the Weber grill for the first time is necessary to ensure healthy and tasteful grilling. Therefore, you must do that, but there are a few safety measures that you should keep in mind while dressing your grill.
Don’t Touch the Hot Grill
After coal burning, your grill will remain hot for a considerable time. Wait for it to get cool before touching it. If you are short on time, wear heat-resistant gloves before dealing with your grill or coals.
Select a Correct Oil
Selecting the correct type of oil for lubricating is very necessary. The oil must not be flammable. Otherwise, it will catch fire during coal burning and create a lot of trouble.
Handle the Ash Carefully
After you are done with the grill, it’s time to remove the ash. Handle it very carefully. Pour it into the plastic bag to avoid any mess. But before that, ensure no tiny burning coal is present in the ash.
First of all, you need to take your grill and clean it. Wash the grates, dry them, and lubricate them with oil. Place grates back and lubricates the whole body internally. Burn coals inside the grill and pour spices on it. Wait for 30 minutes and remove the ash from it.
Your grill is now ready to BBQ your favorite meat. Start it and enjoy grilling your meat.