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How to Oil a Grill Grate and Add Flavor

Oil your grill grates and add tons of flavor with this easy test kitchen-approved tip!

After preheating the grill, brush it clean and rub the grate with a piece of unsliced pork fatback that you keep in your freezer. The fat melts to lubricate the grate, and adds flavor. Just pop the fatback back into the freezer until the next grill out.

If, and when, you can’t find fatback, simply use the fatty side of salt pork — both work.