Seasoning and Curing
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREPARING THE AMERICAN BARBECUE SYSTEMS SMOKER/GRILL BEFORE
THE INITIAL SMOKING AND/OR GRILLING PROCESS
Please read all safety warnings and instructions before operating your American Barbecue Systems Smoker/Grill.
Place your smoker/grill outdoors on a non-combustible, hard, level, surface. Never use your smoker/grill on a deck or near combustible material (wooden fences, buildings, trees, landscaping, etc.) Place your smoker/grill a safe distance away from children, pets, houses, garages and other buildings during use.
Seasoning/Curing Your Smoker/Grill Before smoking or grilling on your new American Barbecue Systems Smoker/Grill you must first season or cure the unit. Seasoning the smoker/grill allows the unit to get hotter than the actual temperature of the smoking process. The cooking oils penetrate and fill the open pores of the metal. At this higher temperature, the high temp paint adheres to the metal, creating a durable exterior finish. Do not scrape or rub the exterior during the seasoning process.
Open the smokebox door and always secure with the latch. Inside the smokebox only, using vegetable oil, spray a light coat on all surfaces, (walls, top, bottom, racks, and trays). Note: Do not spray inside the firebox.
Raise the firebox door and always secure with the latch. Pull out the grill rack and put in a safe place. Note:Only use the grill rack when grilling. Place 6 to 8 pounds of charcoal on the firebox charcoal/wood grate. (Avoid letting the charcoal touch the side walls which will extend the life of your smoker/grill). Ignite charcoal in firebox using a chimney charcoal starter or electric charcoal starter. Note: Never use charcoal lighting fluid, gasoline, alcohol, kerosene, or other flammable fluids to ignite charcoal. Note: You can use charcoal and/or the smoking wood of your choice in your smoker/grill.
Slide the dampers all the way open on the firebox sides. Pull the brass spring knob out on the smokebox damper handle. Using the stainless steel cool touch damper handle, open the smokebox damper wide open. (Damper plate should be parallel to bottom of smoker bottom). Screw open the smoke stack(s) cover approximately 1" (inch).
Carefully light charcoal and leave the firebox door open until flame has reduced and charcoal starts to turn white with ash. (approximately 15 to 20 minutes) Note: Do not close firebox door immediately after lighting charcoal. Flames could damage the smoker/grill finish.
Close the smokebox and firebox doors. Allow the temperature to reach 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Adjust the stack(s) cover plate and dampers to maintain this temperature for (1) hour. Close stack(s) cover plate and dampers, this will suffocate fire. Allow smoker/grill to cool completely.
Repeat steps 1 through 5, but only this time allow the temperature to reach 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Maintain this temperature for (1) hour. Allow smoker/grill to cool completely.
Note:American Barbecue Systems recommends spraying the inside of smokebox with cooking oil periodically and store in a dry place with a cover. This will protect the smoker/grill from excessive rust and damage to the finish.
Now that your American Barbecue Systems smoker/grill has been seasoned you may begin the smoking and/or grilling process.