How to kasher a barbecue grill

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How to kasher a barbecue grill
You have to kosher a barbecue in order to cook kosher food on it. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Jews who keep kosher observe various religious laws, such as not mixing meat or poultry with dairy products, and not consuming products made from pigs or other non-kosher animals. The laws of kosher don't just relate to the food itself, however. Jews who keeps kosher will also make sure not to use any cooking utensils or appliances -- such as a grill -- that were used to cook non-kosher food. If they want to use a grill that was used to cook non-kosher food, they need to "kosher" it, or make it kosher. It must be heated until it glows, in a process known as "libbun gamur."

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Things you need

  • Charcoal briquettes
  • Match
  • Blowtorch
  • Steel wool
  • Oven cleaner

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove the grates and set them on top of a layer of charcoal briquettes. Put a second layer of charcoal on top of the grates, and light the charcoal. This should heat the grates until they glow, which constitutes libbun gamur. Alternatively, have a professional heat the grates using a blowtorch.

  2. 2

    Blowtorch the part of the grill cavity that is level with and above the grates. This area of the grill may have directly touched non-kosher food, and needs libbun gamur.

  3. 3

    Clean the grill cavity well, using steel wool and oven cleaner as necessary to get off all "mamshus," or tangible materials left from the cooked food.

  4. 4

    Close the bonnet of the grill.

  5. 5

    Turn the grill to its highest setting, usually "broil", and leave it on for 40 minutes. This koshers the inner cavity of the grill through a method called "libbun kal."

Tips and warnings

  • Instead of blowtorching the grill's grates, you can just replace them. New grill grates do not require koshering.
  • Only someone who is experienced should use a blowtorch.

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