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Spring is upon us – and so is grill rust!

Spring is finally here (meaning in Chicago we’ll get about 5 more snowstorms), however for everyone else, uncover your grills – and make sure to check for rust.

Uncovering your Grill

A barbecue grill is subject to all sorts of abuse: high temperatures and grease splatters while cooking, and constant exposure to the elements if left outdoors, unprotected. As such, a grill may rust. A grill with loose rust is not safe, as rust may stick to the food; a grate with minor surface rust can be cleaned and treated to continue using it. While ingesting rust may not likely cause harm from one meal, continuous ingestion may be problematic for the intestinal tract.

Rusty Grill Grates

Remove the grates from the grill to give them a checkup and cleaning. Wash them with soap and water and steel wool, followed by wiping down with a damp sponge. Once the grates dry, look for rust. Rust on cast iron grates comes off by scraping with a barbecue scraper or a wire brush, then rinsing the grates with a solution of approximately 1 part vinegar and 5 parts water. A porcelain-coated grate that’s showing signs of rust should be replaced.


Reseason those grill grates by rubbing cooking oil on them with a paper towel once the grill heats up, holding the paper towel in tongs for safety. Let the oil burn away and repeat the process. This helps keep them from rusting and also helps prevent food from sticking to the grate. While cooking with foil is an option, it’s also a potential fire hazard if any grease builds up beneath the foil.

Grill CMA Meats

Now if you were lucky enough to go unscathed rust-wise (or you’re done cleaning), throw some Chicago Meat Authority meats on the grill – might we suggest the CMA Pork Flat Iron Steak or CMA Beef Inside Skirt Steak!








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