Preventing Flare-ups

Preventing Flare-ups

Like you, I’ve been mentally preparing myself for grill season by drooling over new recipes and stocking up on spices. Since I grill all year, I’m ready to go -- but a little preventative maintenance is still a good idea.

First of all, when you put the meat on your grill, don’t close the lid and walk away. Most flare-ups on charcoal grills begin within a few seconds, or right after you turn the food over. Make sure you have a charcoal-free zone by stacking the charcoal on both sides of the bowl and leaving an area clear in the center. This way if you do have a flare-up you can quickly move the food to the middle, wait a few seconds until the oil and fat burn off, then move it back over the charcoal area for direct cooking.

Flare-ups on a Weber gas grill are less common because the angled Flavorizer Bars cover the burner tubes and direct grease into the catch pan under the cooking box. However, here a few tips to remember:

  • Make sure the grease catch pan is wiped clean of accumulated fats and oils
  • Properly preheat your grill so excess debris is burned off the cooking grates and the Flavorizer® Bars
  • Brush any remaining debris off with a Weber stainless steel grill brush
  • Trim excess fat from meat
  • Don’t over-oil your food

I think you’re good to go!

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of sirloin.” Kevin Kolman

What are your thoughts? (3)


nigel b


I have a Genesis Silver, it's about 8 years old, and I keep getting flare ups on the flavorizer bars. They have been cleaned, but the flames are there most of the time. Do the bars need replacing?


Kevin Kolman

Hi Nigbenton,

You have one nice grill there! If you are noticing flames or flare-ups inside your grill, there are a couple of ways to combat them. One, make sure you keep the Flavorizer Bars and the rest of the grill clean. Please note to make sure the bottom tray is clean of grease and debris. Two, if the Flavorizer Bars have holes in them or are breaking into pieces, then it would be time to replace them. If they are not, then there is no reason to replace them. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Happy Grilling!


Richard S

Indirect cooking! Leave one burner off, after you sear your meat move it over the unlit burner, close the lid and continue cooking. No flareups!


alberto p

And never use cheap 73/27 ground beef.