Grill Tip

Before you begin cooking in your new smoker, it is important you “season” or “burn in” your pit. This is help protect and seal the steal in your pit and prepare it for cooking. You should treat your smoker like a cast iron skillet – seal it, care for it, and NEVER use soap and it will be an heirloom for the next generation.

  1. Build a moderately sized fire in your firebox
  2. Bring the temperature of your pit up to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  3. Using a canola oil based cooking spray, coat the entire interior of your pit and cooking grates
    1. Be sure your spray DOES NOT contain any salt
  4. While the fire is still burning in the firebox, spray the exterior of the of the firebox coating it entirely
    1. This will help preserve the paint on your firebox, similar to sealing a cast iron skillet
  5. If you feel so inclined, you may coat the entire exterior of the pit
    1. There is no need to spray the stainless steel

Other points
If available, you can use fatty bacon or beef tallow to season the interior of your smoker; if doing so, place in the smoker before lighting the fire