Cue & A: What type of oil is best for preventing food from sticking to my grill grates?

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Husband-and-wife team Bill and Barbara Milroy, chefs and owners of Texas Rib Rangers Products, are spilling their secrets—just for you. Read on for their unique ideas, tried-and-true tips and, of course, insightful information when it comes to grilling.

Q. What type of oil is best for preventing food from sticking to my grill grates? Is it okay to use a nonstick spray?

A. You can use any food-grade oil on the grill, but I would avoid vegetable oil or any oil made from animal fat, because it can make your grates grow mold if you don’t clean them well when you’re done cooking. As for nonstick cooking spray: We’ve used it many times with success, but for safety reasons, we strongly recommend spraying your grates before lighting your grill. If you spray the grates after the grill is lit, you could cause a flare-up, and it can even follow the spray back to the canister, so please be careful.

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