Gas grill – Ultimate Guide

Today we’d like to present you with several basic rules one has to remember when cooking on a gas grill as well as explain the basics that will show you how to use a gas grill.

Gas grill, despite being among the most convenient and simplest to use grills. But it can be complicated for those who are just starting on their journey with this great type of grill. New things always leave us shocked, and excited and at the same time provide us with plenty of worries. We always ask ourselves questions like „how does it work?” or „how to use it properly”. 

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How to Use a Gas Grill Ultimate Guide

How to Start Grill

First, the most popular question is how to light a gas grill. There are two options, if your grill has an electric ignition then you simply turn the knob to start a burner. If for any reason you don’t have an electric ignition or it broke down, all that is left to do is start the gas grill manually.

That’s easy, open the grill’s lid ( always start the gas grill with the lid open ). It prevents gas from accumulating under the lid in the event any of the burners doesn’t work properly.

Open the propane tank valve or the natural gas line valve and wait for a moment.

Turn the burner knob to the right position and click the ignition button. Plenty of grills have a light” position under the knob which is there to start the grill, but if your grill doesn’t have it then simply turn the knob however you wish.

How to Start a Gas Grill Manually?

In the event that the electric ignition breaks down, it is always possible to start a gas grill manually without an ignitor. It doesn’t matter if it involves a propane grill or a natural gas grill, the principle is the same and you may know it from starting old models of gas stoves.

How to light grill manually

Manufacturers have prepared something in case of the ignition breaks down that can help start the grill using an emergency method. For the convenience and safety of using that method, a handle has been installed on the side of a grill that has a place on the very end to put a match.

So in order to manually start a gas grill without an ignitor, you need to open the grill’s lid. Then put a match in the special handle and light it. At the same time turn the knob of a selected burner and put the handle with a burning match right to the selected burner. That way the gas will get ignited upon contact with a burning match.

Temperature Guide for the Grill

The temperature dials on a gas grill provide a reliable indicator of the heat level. How can you actually tell how hot medium-high heat is on a charcoal grill? There is a way to measure the temperature with just your hand. 

When you can no longer take the heat, carefully hold your palm just above the grilling grate and begin counting down the seconds (it will feel like your skin will burn). The heat will decrease the longer you can keep your hand above the flames. Both gas and charcoal grills can be utilized with this technique.

Move Your Food Around the Grill 

The idea that food shouldn't be turned over on the grill too frequently is a prevalent misconception. If necessary, flip the food for even cooking. Utilize the area and move your food around the grill to prevent flare-ups. Flare-ups are inevitable, especially with high-fat foods like steak, so don't be startled.

Cook Over Indirect Heat

Cooking some foods with indirect heat, away from the heat source, is beneficial. In other words, the food would be on one side of the grill, and the fire would be on the other. Large foods like whole chickens, beef roasts, racks of ribs, and other meats that require a lot of cooking time do well with it. By using an indirect grill, you can properly cook a protein through to the center before the outside starts to burn.

It is better to put food in the center of a large grill with multiple burners before lighting the burners on either side. Place the food on one side of your gas grill and light the burner on the other if it is too small for this configuration. To cook the food evenly, you must rotate it.

Know when to stop.

Although there are broad grilling time recommendations, it can be difficult to determine whether food is done. Three rules govern effective grilling:

  • Food cannot be "uncooked," but it can be cooked for longer.
  • Consuming raw meat can be fatal.
  • Rely on and validate. When cooking to the appropriate doneness, experience is your best tool, but a meat thermometer is required to ensure accuracy.

Operation of a Gas Grill

Control is the most fundamental advantage of a gas barbecue. You can easily adjust the temperature to the desired level by turning a knob. For successful gas grilling, read the user manual for your particular grill before using it and take the following actions:

  • Open the grill's cover and start the gas.
  • Light the grill and turn the control valves to high (follow your grills instruction manual).
  • Fire up the grill. A quality grill ought to heat up in around ten minutes.
  • The cooking surface should be cleaned with a grill brush.
  • Put your food on the hot grill while you stay nearby. If you leave while the food is cooking, you run the risk of burning it.
  • When flipping is required, remove the object.
  • Turn the grill's heat to high and let it run for a while.
  • The cooking surface should be cleaned with your grill brush.
  • Switch off the gasoline supply and the control valves.
  • Replace the cover after the grill has totally cooled.

Is the grill's lid open or closed?

Closed lids are ideal for most gas barbecues. To produce the strong heat required for high-temperature grilling, the lid must be down. The lid must also be closed for indirect grilling.

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