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Rusted Grill Grate Care

Have you opened your grill/smoker to rusted cooking grill grates? Here are some tips to get them back into shape and ready for BBQ action in just 30 mins. Don’t be afraid of those rusty cooking grill grates, you can easily bring them back to life!


  1. Set up my Char-Griller Grill
  2. Scraped both sides of the cooking grates using a bristle free brush to remove rust, old grease & food remains
  3. Sprayed cooking oil on both sides of the cooking grates. This helps remove the rust and seasons the cooking grill grates.
  4. Filled the fire bowl with Lump Charcoal camp fire style, placed a couple of fire starters in the charcoal & ignited t with a fire torch. I like to use my torches as lighters.
  5. Allowed the coals to gray over nice n’ hot for 10 mins. Spread the coals evenly using the grate lifter.
  6. Placed the cooking grill grates back in place.
  7. Closed the grill hood, adjusted the top damper to setting 3 & the bottom damper to setting 1. This is to target temperature 350°.
  8. Allowed the Akorn Jr. to warm up, get to the targeted temperature of 350° & remove rust/season the cooking grill grates for 20 mins.
  9. Used a small end of an onion and scraped the cook grill grates with it for some extra flavor.
  10. cooking grill grates are darkened, seasoned & ready for BBQ action!