Before you start using your gas grill, you need to ensure that your gas grill is ready to be used. I know your temptation to start grilling without doing some pretty essential stuff can get over you.
Things You Needs
- Gas Grill (DUH!!)
- Propane Gas /Supply
- Lava Rocks
- Dish Soap
- Wood Chips
Here are some common areas you need to look into before firing up your gas grill
- Make sure your gas grill is on stable ground.
- Start with a clean grill.
- Ensure all the parts are in working order and in the right place
- Ensure that your gas grill is in good working order. No leaking gas tubes. No cracked pans or grates. No rusty components. Greasy lava rocks?
- You also need to check the connections. Is the valve connection secure enough? If you don’t know how to do this, then you can quickly and easily check this by putting some dish soap on the valve connection. Turn it on and if there aren’t any bubbles then your gas grill is safe to use.
- Read the manual or instructions on how to use your gas grill. (This part might vary but the way you use each gas grill is pretty much the same for all brands)
Now that you have already looked into all those things, it is time to learn how to use your gas grill!
Light Up The Grill
Open the grill lid. Ensure that the propane control valve is open. Now gas should start to flow when you turn the gas flow control on. Press the lighter switch and the gas should ignite and it is now ready to use. If you are having trouble with this, repeat this step and try again.
Learning How To Grill
Excited to grill for the first time?? I’m sure.. But first you got to know how to use your gas grill. First things first, you need to know the difference between direct and indirect methods of grilling.
The direct method of grilling on a gas grill is like putting your food directly on top of the heat source. Foods like steaks, chops, kabobs and sausages don’t take long to cook through direct methods. It usually takes less than 25 minutes to cook them. If you want to get that wonderful seared look for that amazing crisp, delicious texture, you should use the direct method of heating your food. Besides getting that really nice grilled mark there, the grilled flavor is great for steaks, chicken breasts and other types of meat.
To Grill Using the Direct Method
- Turn the burners on high to preheat your grill
- Leave it for a while and then place food on the cooking grate.
- Adjust the burners to the desired temperature for your recipe
- Close the lid and let it grill for a while.
- Turn your food over and check to see if it looks done.
The indirect method ensures that your food cooks really well. It is likened to roasting as direct method is to broiling. There is that added grilled flavor, texture and appearance that looks so much more appealing than in an oven. You’ll be sure to find your food evenly cooked on all sides.
If you want your food to have that nice roasted look or if you want to cook it for more than 25 minutes, then use this method instead. Examples of food include turkeys, fish fillets, roasts and ribs. This is also used for larger cuts of meat.
To Grill Using the Indirect Method
- Turn the burners on high again to preheat your grill.
- Turn the burners off directly underneath the food but leave those on the sides on at a specific temperature.
- You can either line your cooking rack with heavy duty foil or place your food on a roasting rack inside a heavy duty foil.
- You can also add water to the foil pan to prevent the drippings from burning.
Now that you’re done, it’s time to turn it off.
But before you do that, turn the burner to high to burn off grease and drippings.
So now it is time to test your skills. Without practical experience it is impossible to tell how well you use your gas grill. Sometimes you might need some gas grill accessories like rotisseries, briskets, drip pans to help you. I hope you enjoy this article.