Despite gas grills being famous for being very convenient, plenty of people might wonder how to properly cook food on a gas grill. When purchasing a new device, almost every time there’s plenty of questions on how to properly use it. I invite you to read this simple guide for beginners where you will learn how to use gas grills as well as read several useful tips that will allow you to master your grill much better.
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Below you’ll find the list of things that are worth paying attention to when cooking and the most common mistakes people make after starting a gas grill. Of course there’s nothing complicated about starting a gas grill, but I suggest to follow the basic rules and techniques of cooking on a gas grill in order to be able to fully enjoy all of its features.
How to Light a Gas Grill
It’s a simple action, but there are plenty of different grills which is why I suggest to read the manual before starting the gas grill for the first time for safety reasons. That way you’ll learn everything about its features and how it works. But if for some reason you have no access to the manual, follow the tips below.
Hint* After one burner lights up, you can start another without the igniter as long as it’s close to the lit up burner, to do that just turn the knob of another burner.
How to start a Gas Grill manually
What to do if the electric igniter is broken? In such case it is possible to start a gas grill using the emergency manual method. Depending on the grill plenty of things may be different which is why it’s always better to read the manual.
So, how to light a gas grill without ignitor ?
To start a gas grill manually, first you have to open the grill’s lid ( always remember about that ), turn the burner’s knob, and then provide fire next to the burner inside the grill to cause ignition. In most cases gas grills are equipped with a special hole where you can put a match, then your task will be to light a match and put it in the hole next to the burner with gas coming out of it. Might sound a little complicated, but in reality it’s a very simple task.
Make sure to always close the gas tank valve after you’re done cooking.
How to cook on a gas grill
First thing you have to do before starting to cook is to properly warm the grill up. To do that, turn on the gas grill by setting the knobs at full and close the grill’s lid. Wait 10-15 minutes for the grill to reach a high temperature, once the temperature gets high you can change the burners’ settings to the right temperature that matches your food.
Then open the lid and check out the condition of your grates. If they are dirty then clean them using a special brush, if they aren’t then you can move on to cooking your favorite dishes.
Make sure to always warm up the grill properly before you start cooking, it prevents the food from sticking to the grates
Gas Grilling Tips & Techniques – what you should remember
There’s an array of important things you have to do before cooking and after it.
Plenty of them have to be done regularly as they have a significant impact on plenty of aspects pertaining to cooking.
You can use all the burners by setting a high temperature and cooking the food really fast in the hot area directly above the source of heat ( direct grilling ).
It’s a good solution when you want to cook steaks or hamburgers, especially when it comes to getting a high temperature that is enough for searing.
For cooking whole chickens or vegetables over longer time at low temperatures, you can use cooking with the indirect method.
How does it work? You’ll find it all out here. I’ll just briefly say that it consists of splitting the grill’s area into the cold one and the hot one in order to put the food on the cold side above a turned off burner and leave the other side with the burner turned on.
This method works really great when cooking thick slabs or delicate food that requires much more time.
What is searing ? It’s a process where you cook meat for a moment on very hot grates. Before placing the meat try to get your grill as hot as possible. The entire process has a significant impact on the food’s external appearance and taste. Caramelized surface of the meat gives it a crunchy and aromatic surface. It also causes visual changes in form of the very well known grill marks.
Of course it is possible without special features, but you will need more time to warm up the grill to a high enough temperature, the higher the better.
That’s why I’d like to inform you that you can cook on a gas grill and still produce a rich smoky flavor similar to the one you know from charcoal grills. How to do that? The key is to use wood chips, which generate plenty of smoke that is beneficial to food. How to do it? You really should read my guide on how to generate smoke on a gas grill and learn two simple methods that will enable you to produce enough smoke to enrich the flavor of your food.
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