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How to Season a Pit Boss Pellet Grill

Learn step by step exactly how to season a Pit Boss pellet grill before cooking with it for the first time.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Seasoning Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • Pit Boss Pellet Grill


  • 1 Bag of Wood Pellets
  • Cooking Oil with High Smoke Point like avocado oil (optional)
  • A few pieces of raw fatty meat like bacon or pork belly (optional)


To Season the Pit Boss Pellet Grill

  • Assemble the Pit Boss Pellet Grill.
    a pit boss pro series 1150 pellet grill
  • Fill the hopper with wood pellets.
    a hopper filled with pellets
  • Plug in and start up the pellet grill, keeping the lid open.
    powering on a pit boss pellet grill
  • Hold the “Prime” button until you hear pellets begin to drop into the firepot.
    pushing the prime button on a pit boss pellet grill
  • Once pellets are in the firepot, stop holding the “Prime” button and wait about 5-7 minutes with the lid open for a torchy burner lighting sound
    pellets falling into fire pot
  • Close the lid and turn the heat up as high as it will go to the maximum setting, at least 450°F.
    setting a pit boss pellet grill to 400 degrees
  • Let the pellet grill run at this temperature for 20-30 minutes. This will burn off any nasty chemical residues on the interior and help cure the paint on the outside.
    the white start up smoke on a pit boss
  • After 20-30 minutes, turn off the pellet grill.  Leave it plugged in as the fan needs to continue spinning to burn off the remaining pellets in the firepot. This is NORMAL.  Do not unplug the pellet grill or this process cannot happen. The fan will turn off automatically when it is done.
    shutting down a pit boss pellet grill

Optional Next Steps

  • Let the Pit Boss pellet grill completely cool from the above steps before doing this step.
  • Rub a VERY thin, even coat along the INSIDE of the of the pellet grills lid interior, and racks.  There is no need to rub cooking oil on the OUTSIDE of a Pit Boss pellet grill.
    spraying oil to season a pit boss pellet grill
  • Turn on your pellet grill and repeat steps 6-8 above.  No need to prime the grill this time if the auger is still full of pellets.  Otherwise if it is not you will need to repeat steps 4 and 5 as well.
  • Turn off the pellet grill when it is done or just turn down the temperature and start cooking your first meal!

Using Fatty Meat

  • Some home BBQ pros will smoke some fatty pieces of leftover bacon towards the end of the seasoning process as well to add some more fatty residue and aroma to the inner walls of the new Pit Boss pellet grill. This step can be substituted for wiping the interior lid and walls with cooking oil if you desire.


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