In Part 2 of this month’s newsletter, we will share some safety and cooking tips to get the most out of your outdoor gas grill this season.
Keep It Clean
Clean your grill before each use to minimize smoking and prevent a grease fire.
A Clean Grill:
Keep grates hot enough to sear food
prevents flare ups
Speeds up cooking time
Never leave your grill unattended. If you smell gas, turn off the tank and burners immediately.
1. Preheat The Grill
Preheat the grill with the lid closed for 10-15 minutes.
Gets the grill to proper temperature before cooking
Loosens and stuck on food making it easy to remove with a wire brush
Keeps food from sticking to the grates
Allows for proper searing.
2. Monitor Grilling Time & Temperature
Use a food thermometer to check internal temperature and/or a timer to prevent under or over cooking
In colder climates and higher altitudes, cooking times will be longer
If there’s a strong wind, it will lower a gas grill’s temperature.
3. Know Your Heat
Direct heat, with the flames directly under the food, is best for smaller tender pieces of food that cook in under 20 minutes
Indirect or radiant head, with the flames around the food, is ideal for large cuts of meat that may need more than 20 minutes to cook.
4. Maintain Temperature
Use the individual control knobs to easily control and adjust heat
If you have a flare up, move the food over indirect head until the flare up dies out, then move it back.
5. Resist The Urge To Flip
Keeping one side down on the grill longer makes for better searing and caramelization.
Try to flip only once unless you’re going for cross-hatch grill marks.
6. Clean your Grill While The Grates Are Hot
Use a wire brush (best) or balled up aluminum foil and tongs to remove stuck on bits. This will save time when you get ready to use it again.