The single most important step to help prevent flare-ups is to keep your grill as clean as possible with periodic maintenance.
For tips on how to keep your grill as clean as possible, please check out the article here.
Some other important things to consider are as follows.
- STAY NEAR YOUR GRILL: When you put the meat on your grill, don’t leave the grill unattended. Most flare-ups begin within a few seconds, or right after you turn the food over, so stay nearby so you can react if needed.
- INDIRECT ZONE: Make sure you have an indirect cooking zone. This way if you do have a flare-up you can quickly move the food to the indirect zone, wait a few seconds until the oil and fat burn off, then move it back over the direct cooking zone. To learn more about direct and indirect cooking zones, check out this article.
- PREHEAT: Properly preheat your grill so excess debris is burned off the cooking grates.
- CLEAN THE GRATES: Brush any remaining debris off the grates with a Weber stainless steel grill brush.
- PREPARE YOUR FOOD: Trim the excess fat from your meat. For tips on preparing your food, click here.
- TOO MUCH OIL: Make sure you don’t over-oil your food.