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What is the Best Oil for Grill Grates

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 OilSmoke Point
Corn oil450°F
Peanut oil440°F
*Vegetable oil blend428°F
Virgin olive oil420°F
Extra virgin olive oil410°F
Canola oil400°F
Vegetable shortening360°F

*Note: vegetable oil blends will vary by brand.

tongs and paper towel oiling grill grates

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.

“I have experienced some of the best food this country has to offer and nothing is better than the food that comes off my own grill!”

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  1. I use vegetable oil as well.

  2. I oil the food.

  3. Avocado oil is 500+

  4. Charlie the dogs

    Why do you show a picture with cooking spray and then say nothing about it?

  5. LaDelle Smith

    We have a Blackstone Flat Gas Grill we use at church. We only use it about once a quarter. It is kept inside in a temperature controlled room. The problem is it gets rust on the grill when we store it. It is put up clean and well dried and uncovered. What kind of oil should we use on it to store it and prevent the rusting. I tried vegetable oil, olive oil, and some other oil, and it still rusted. I have tried covering it and uncovering it when stored. . What do I need to do? Thanks for any help.

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