The first step to getting your new grill or smoker up and running is knowing how to season your BBQ pit. Not only does it ensure you are cooking safely, it also adds that distinct flavor for your smoked meat.

  • Coconut or Canola oil
  • Spray bottle
  • Cloth towel
  • Charcoal

How to Season your BBQ Pit – Seasoning a New Gator Pit

First up, get a spray bottle, and fill it with either canola or coconut oil, which are heat resistant oils. Spray every surface inside and outside of the pit with it. Then use a cloth rag to wipe the oil down until every surface is covered with a thin coat.

The old school, purist way to do this is by shoveling out coals from an existing fire into your firebox. You can of course use a charcoal chimney. Throw some wood on the lit coal and close the firebox.

Let the temp inside the smoker rise to ~300ºF or above (as hot as it can safely run), and let it run for 3 to 5 hours, or until the smell of burning paint is completely gone.

Your smoker is now ready to use for cooking tasty ribs and juicy pork butts, or even a beef brisket.


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