This is a membership forum. As a guest, you can click around a bit. View 5 pages for free. If you would like to participate, please join.

[ Pitmaster Club Information | Join Now | Login | Contact Us ]

There are 4 page views remaining.


No announcement yet.

grill grates (lowercase) have residue on it

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    grill grates (lowercase) have residue on it

    No matter how much I clean (even using dawn dish soap), my grill grates (not the Grill Grate product) on my offset have a black residue on it. I wipe it clean before I use it, and it doesn’t affect taste, but I always have that black stuff on my grates. What is it? Am I able to get rid of it somehow?
    Attached Files

    I get something similar on my pellet grill on the outside of the controller top. Not sure exactly what it is but I told my wife it is smoke patina, she just rolled her eyes (she gets lots of practice being married to me). My guess is that it is just layers of smoke like you see on the inside of some of the pits/restaurants in TX. Almost like a badge of honor, wife didn't care for that either but that's my story and I am sticking to it.


      It's soot and grease buildup. All of my grills have stainless steel grates - even my offset has stainless expanded metal grates. Unless you get busy with steel wool, a welding brush, or scotch brite pads, its just gonna be that way.

      Tell your wife its "seasoning".
      Last edited by jfmorris; June 26, 2021, 05:05 PM.


      • scottranda
        scottranda commented
        Editing a comment
        Thanks for this answer. I need more elbow grease I suppose. I use all those things and have a little amount of grease and soot leftover.

      • jfmorris
        jfmorris commented
        Editing a comment
        scottranda I also have this same problem with cast iron. Even after scrubbing with a brush and scraping under running hot water, if you wipe it with a paper towel, you will sometimes get a black residue as well. I've quit stressing over it, and have never noticed my food turning black - and the smoked mac and cheese I made in a skillet a while back would have shown the black.

      Pretty cool when you can get grill marks without even firing it up.


        Take care of your cooker and it will take care of you.
        My KBQ cook box looks like new after a cleaning; spray with liquid oven cleaner, scrub with Stainless Steel Wool and rinse.
        Aaron Franklin insists on a clean cooker. https://www.texasmonthly.com/bbq/aar...n-your-smoker/


        • scottranda
          scottranda commented
          Editing a comment
          All my cookers are kept clean. But the grates kept giving me a little amount of that black stuff. Even after washing them. I guess I need more elbow grease.

        My apologies, as I failed to mention this;
        "Your Filthy Barbeque Pit is Not Seasoned", https://www.texasmonthly.com/bbq/aar...n-your-smoker/


          I have one of these and it works very well IMO.


          • IowaGirl
            IowaGirl commented
            Editing a comment
            I got a Grill Rescue cleaner recently. I was a little skeptical at first, but now that I've used it several times, I'm convinced. It really does get the grates (regular grill grates as well as Grill Grates) awfully clean. I won't say ALL of the black stuff comes off, but a lot of it does.

          Where do you think Grill Marks come from?


          • Attjack
            Attjack commented
            Editing a comment
            😂 good one

          • bbqLuv
            bbqLuv commented
            Editing a comment
            Thank you 😁

          If my grates are starting to look grungy I let the temp get up to 5 or 6 hundred for an hour or so after a cook. The next time I open the lid it’s just a mater of some brushing and its ready to go. No my grates are not going to pass any kind of white glove test. They are stainless, but do look something like seasoned cast iron. I do what I call a hell fire cleaning about 3 times a year where I take it up to 800F for 3 hours. There’s just some ash to vacuum out the next day. I can’t remember the last time something stuck to my grates. I love my smoker and it’s certainly not filthy, but you can ruin a nice shirt reaching down in it.


            I keep my grates clean and before putting food on them I oil them with a paper towel. That helps remove a lot of the soot.



            No announcement yet.
            Rubs Promo


            These are not ads or paid placements. These are some of our favorite tools and toys.

            These are products we have tested, won our top awards, and are highly recommend. Click here to read how we test, about our medals, and what they mean.

            Use Our Links To Help Keep Us Alive

            A big part of this site is our unbiased equipment and product reviews. We love playing with toys and we have no problem calling them the way we see them. Some companies pay a finder’s fee if a reader clicks a link on AmazingRibs.com and buys a product. It has zero impact on our reviews, zero impact on the price you pay, and the sites never tell us what you bought, but it has a major impact on our ability to keep this site alive! So before you buy, please click our links. Here’s a link that takes you to a page on Amazon that has some of our favorite tools and toys: https://tinyurl.com/amazingribs

            Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet’s Dual Tube Burners

            3 burner gas grill

            The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King’s proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

            Click here to read ourcompletereview

            Our Favorite Backyard Smoker

            The amazing Karubecue is the most innovative smoker in the world. The quality of meat from this machine is astonishing. At its crux is a patented firebox that burns logs above the cooking chamber and sucks heat and extremely clean blue smoke into the thermostat controlled oven. It is our favorite smoker, period.
            Click here for our review of this superb smoker

            Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.

            Click here to see our list of Gold Medal Gifts

            The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

            The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers because temperature control is so much easier.

            Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them

            Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

            This is the first propane smoker with a thermostat, making this baby foolproof. Set ThermoTemp’s dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin’.

            Click here to read our detailed review

            Is This Superb Charcoal Grill A Kamado Killer?

            The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it’s easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is beautifully designed, completely portable, and much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado.

            Click here to read our detailed review of the PK 360

            Click here to order directly and get an exclusive AmazingRibs.com deal

            Grilla Pellet Smoker proves good things come in small packages

            We always liked Grilla. The small 31.5″ x 29.5″ footprint makes it ideal for use where BBQ space is limited, as on a condo patio.
            Click here for our review on this unique smoker