Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Grill Love

The torrential wind and rain storm finally let up enough for me to brave the grill on Valentine's Day night. I fired up my infrared grill and put some love on for dinner. That's right, heart burgers.

I noticed that my Charbroil Kansas City Rub had a deep reddish orange color, so I mixed it in for flavor and color. Sure, maybe I overdid the heart theme, but it was fun for the kids. (Eric and I are both a little under the weather, so between coughing fits, we decided on a date night next week).

I realized that it's been a few months since I used the gas grill, and I should have seasoned it first with some oil. My burgers stuck a bit, but I managed fine with a little muscle.

Granted, I was out there in the stormy dark, with the flashlight, wiping rain from my serving plate, and picking up various objects that blew over in the yard while the burgers cooked, but it's a good reminder to re-season your grill when time has passed, and seasonally. A grill cover can keep out the rain, but freezing temperatures and severe winter weather mean you have to give your grill some extra love.

Grill love.

Seasoning your grill is simple.

1. After cleaning your grill grates, soak a paper towel in cooking oil and rub grill grates thoroughly.
2. Turn on your burners to high and close the lid. Let the oil "burn on" for about 10-15 minutes.
3. Turn burners off and let the grill cool completely, with the lid on.

If it is a brand new grill, you should do this 2 or 3 times before cooking. For the very first time, I do the above without oil. This way you burn off any chemical residue left on the grill parts first before seasoning it with oil.


  1. I LOVE the heart-shaped burgers Julie! Nothing says "I love you" more than a heart-shaped burger on Valentine's Day! How was the Char-Broil KC rub in the burger? I usually use the Char-Broil All-Purpose Rub for my burgers and steaks.

    Also, GREAT tips on seasoning and keeping your grill in great shape. You are right...if you show your grill some love, it will love you back! That's grill love baby!!!

  2. Thanks, Michael! I think I like the All-Purpose Rub better for burgers and steaks, but hadn't tried the KC Rub. After a day of heart-shaped food and valentines, my son said, "Hearts, hearts, hearts! I'm sick of hearts!" :).