Before your first cook, you will need to season your Flat Top. Seasoning creates a stick-resistant, protective coating so you can make delicious eggs, pancakes, burgers, and fajitas for years to come. Just follow the steps below:
- Handwash the Flat Top in warm, soapy water, scrubbing vigorously with a nylon bristle brush or sponge. Thoroughly dry.
NOTE: This will be the ONLY TIME you use soap and water on your Flat Top.
- Remove the grate on the right-hand side of the grill.
- Preheat your grill to 400–500°F.
- Using a paper towel, apply 1 tablespoon of a neutral oil (like canola, vegetable, or grapeseed) to all the surfaces of your Flat Top.
- Wipe off any excess oil so it appears dry.
- Wearing grill gloves or mitts, place the Flat Top within the frame.
- Heat the Flat Top for 30 minutes. The surface will begin to smoke and darken in spots.
NOTE: A well-seasoned Flat Top will be dark black from edge to edge.
- Grip a paper towel in grill tongs to wipe away any uneven spots or drips of oil. The seasoning has set when the smoking has stopped.
NOTE: Keep paper towels away from flames and extreme heat.
NOTE: Do not remove the Flat Top until it is cool to the touch.
- Repeat steps 4-8 two more times in order to build the seasoning.
NOTE: The first cook after seasoning, we recommend fattier foods like bacon or burgers to continue building layers of seasoning.