Grill It: Do I Need to Oil My Grill?

Article Posted By: Laura Sullivan

of The Home Depot

meat and veggies cooking on a grill


A: That depends on type of food you are cooking and if has been marinated or brushed in oil, as well as the type of grate on your grill.  In general, the lower the fat content in the food, the higher the chances you’ll need to grease up the grates a little. Oiling a grill can also help with cleaning and give you those perfect grill marks.

Cast iron grates are a popular choice, but they can use a little seasoning, so you may have to oil them more in the beginning. Porcelain-coated iron grates are a solid choice if you don’t want the hassle of oiling or seasoning your grill.

When in doubt, give it a rub: Fold a paper towel and dip it in a little bit of vegetable oil, then rub it over the grates using tongs. Or, take this cue from Israeli grill masters and use half of an onion dipped in oil for some extra flavor.

Grill It is our series of expert tips on how to grill, what to grill, and grilling how-to. Whether you BBQ with charcoal, barbecue with propane, barbeque with gas, Grill It has all of your Bar-B-Q needs covered. 

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