Whenever you BBQ steaks, chicken, vegetables, etc., do you rub them with Olive oil before you season them?


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Jann Nikka Profile
Jann Nikka answered

No, I sprinkle all with a mixture, I made from different spices on them.

Never thought to rub with olive oil.

PJ Stein Profile
PJ Stein answered

I will on skinless chicken and on fish, but meats that have a higher fat content I won't.  On veggies I use garlic butter. If you ever get Papa John's Pizza and don't use their garlic butter for the pizza, it is great on veggies!

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I sure do!  Like Gator, I only oil lean meats, then season. 

Fish:  Brush with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt, dill weed, and a slice of lemon on top.  Yum!  I have fish grill basket, so I can flip it without losing the lemon.

Veggie kabobs are disastrous if they stick, so I oil the grill.  Then, I brush the veg with olive oil and add S&P.

But steaks I treat differently.  If there's moisture, it prevents that great flavor from the maillard reaction.  I dry a thick steak with a paper towel, and lightly dust it with corn starch.  Then I put it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.  By getting the outside cold, and removing it before the inside gets cold, it cooks more evenly.  Season and grill on a well oiled grate.  (Thank you America's Test Kitchen!)

Call me Z Profile
Call me Z answered

I use lot of marinades, many of which have oil in them. A coating of oil tends to give the food a nice crispness on the outside. Call me a purist, but steaks do fine on the grill with minimal seasoning.

Barb Cala Profile
Barb Cala answered

I prefer to marinate them instead of just rubbing with olive oil.  I do oil the grill before I cook lean meats.  If you cook things at the right temps and don't turn them a lot .. They naturally don't stick since they form a nice crust.

Matt Radiance Profile
Matt Radiance answered

I'm not into Olive oil that much! If i do decide it i will pour a little amount over the grill just so the grill not go sticky! Then i prefer topping and sprinkling just like Jan.

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