Grill Tips, Que&A

How to Remove Rust from your Griddle

We know the deal; your griddle got rusted, and you’re looking for a solution. Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. Luckily, rust only forms on the iron surface, meaning it doesn’t affect the whole metal. In this Que & A, we’ll show you how to remove the rust from your griddle grill and your griddle cover using a vinegar solution or purpose-made rust remover.

Let’s get started!





The formula for rust is simple: iron + oxygen + water. The best way to save yourself from regular rust removal is to ensure your griddle stays dry, oiled, and stored in a well-ventilated area. 

Removing the rust from your griddle skillet and cover is straightforward. However, you will need to have the right materials to get the job done: 

  • A metal scraper
  • Flax oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • Paper towels
  • Scrub brush, steel wool or medium grit wet-or-dry sandpaper
  • Heat-resistant gloves
  • Vinegar or griddle rust remover

Now, let’s conquer this anti-BBQ adversity!


First up, put on your heat-resistant gloves. Then turn the griddle on and crank the heat to HIGH for about 20 minutes. The heat helps to loosen the rust, making it easier to remove.

Let the griddle cool down, and prepare your cleaning solution, metal scraper, steel wool or medium grit sandpaper. Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle for the vinegar method. If you’re using griddle rust remover, make sure to read the manufacturer’s operating instructions accordingly. Now, spray the mixture onto the griddle surface and let it sit for a few minutes. Then use some elbow grease to scour the surface with a scrub brush or steel wool. Rinse with water, dry it with a clean towel, and apply a small amount of oil to the surface. Presto, your griddle surface is as good as new!

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To remove the rust from your griddle cover, spray your vinegar and water application onto the lid and use the steel wool to rid yourself of those pesky orange blights spotting your beloved griddle.

Hot tip: To prevent the pesky rust goblins from returning and ruining future cookouts, keep your grill in a cool, dry place and use a cover to protect it from humidity. If you don’t already have one, we’ve got a quality PVC cover with your grill’s name on it.

And that’s it! Well done. Now you’re ready to return to the happy business of grilling because that’s what makes our world go around.

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