If you are going to oil your grates you need to know, what is the best oil for grill grates. Any cooking oil with a high smoke point will work for you. What is a smoke point you ask? That is the temperature at which the oil will begin to smoke.
Why this is important. When oil begins to smoke it is burning. Because we oil our grates right before cooking, we will be placing our food on top of burnt liquid. Unless of course you let it burn off all the way and so what would be the point of oiling at all?
Here is a handy chart of common cooking oils and there smoke points.
|Cooking Oil||Smoke Point|
|*Vegetable oil blend||428°F|
|Virgin olive oil||420°F|
|Extra virgin olive oil||410°F|
*Note: vegetable oil blends will vary by brand.
Spray type cooking oils even Pam for Grilling should NEVER be used on a hot grill. They are flammable and could ignite at any time!
As you can see in the chart above corn and peanut oils are the best common option for oiling your grills grates. Our choice is regular old vegetable oil, because it is inexpensive and has an acceptable smoke point for this purpose.
A product like the Grate Chef grill wipes are specially made for this purpose. They are handy to have but more expensive then the paper towel method.
If you really want to get wild, Avocado oil has a smoke point of 520 degrees. Which easily makes it the best oil for grill grates. The downside is finding it and it’s $10 for a small bottle.
We wouldn’t recommend using your good EVOO on your grates either. Because of it’s low smoke point and higher cost. So there are better options out there.
Wondering if you should even oil those grill grates? We got you covered here.
aka Sultan of Sizzle
I have been blogging about and selling grilling tool for over 12 years. A Certified Food Safety Professional, KCBS member, award winning writer and have over 10 years experience in the food service industry.
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