When you first get your new gas grill, you’ll probably want to get started cooking delicious steaks, burgers, and barbecued chicken right away. However, prepping beforehand can make a huge difference in grill performance, so follow these steps to break in your grill first before you invite everyone over.
Take some time to read the manual before you set up your new gas grill and make sure you have everything assembled properly before using it. Perform a leak test by mixing up a solution of half water and half dish soap and then painting the solution over all welds, connectors, and valves between the tank and the grill itself. Turn on the propane but leave the grill controls off and observe the gas lines to make sure that no bubbles form, which could indicate a propane gas leak.
Burn Off Factory Coatings
Dust from packaging and protective coatings on the metal surfaces needs to be burned off before you use your grill for cooking. To burn off any debris, simply turn your empty grill on, close the lid, and let it burn for 20 to 30 minutes. Then open the lid and let it continue to burn for another five minutes before shutting the grill off completely.
Seasoning Your Grill
Many experienced grill masters prefer to season the grill before the first grilling session. Buy some chunks of bacon or pork fat from your local butcher and freeze them before use. Turn your grill on high, then use your tongs to rub the frozen chunks on the hot grates to impart a natural nonstick coating. You can also put fatty bacon in an old cast iron skillet, set it on the grill and add a little barbecue sauce or water when the bacon stops smoking. Close the lid and let it steam for a few minutes to infuse your entire grill with a rich scent that will manifest every time you use the grill.