How to season Santa Maria grill grates?

There are several methods you can use to season your Santa Maria grill grate. I personally prefer using animal fat. After cooking lightly clean your grates with a brush. This will remove large chunks of food from the grate but be careful not to remove all the grease this helps protect the grates especially steel. Each time after I recommend using the same seasoning method below this will help clean and keep them seasoned.

Total time: 10 minutes


  • Animal Fat


  • Tongs or Meat hook
  1. Buy untrimmed beef or Chicken with skin.
  2. Trim your beef and save the Fat – or – pull the skin off one piece of chicken
  3. Light up your Santa Maria Grill or Argentine Grill
  4. Place the fat or skin on top of the grill.
    1. wait for the fat to melt
  5. Rub the melted fat over the grill grate.
    1. after seasoning the entire grate discard the fat.
  6. Place your meat on the grill and cook.

Sub Steps

  • Other fats can be used to season your grill grate but animal fat works the best.