Gas and Charcoal Grill Cooking Tips

You would think that cooking on a gas, propane or charcoal grill is just as simple as it sounds and for the most part it is but here are a few tips to keep in mind before, during and after grilling that may make your life a little easier.

Preparation and cooking tips on a gas grill

Lets first start out with a couple important safety precautions before you start to grill your favorite foods on your gas grill. First I recommend making sure that your grill is somewhere in a safe area outside whether on your deck or patio. Make sure it is away from any possible hazards that it could catch fire with, like trees, buildings (house), or any other shrubbery especially in the summer where things tend to dry out. Secondly, I would do a routine check before grilling just to make sure that everything is ready for you to grill. For example making sure the lid fits down tightly and that the racks of the grill are clean so your food cooks evenly. Ok now you are ready to fire up the grill. Assuming you have used this grill before simply turn the gas on and make sure the proper burners are on for ignition. It is important if you have a new grill or you are just firing it up for the first time for the season that you pay more attention making sure not to leave your food cooking with the grill lid down for an extended period of time, as it will get extremely hot even if the burners are on low. All grills cook a little differently, some get hotter faster then others, so just be aware. Finally, when you are done make sure to clean your grill as this will lead to better durability and better cooking efficiency for your grill. Oh yes, also remember to turn the gas off, this is obviously very important.

Preparation and cooking tips on a charcoal grill

If you are like me you love the flavor that the charcoal grill offers, and the benefit is you don’t have to use very much seasoning to get that amazing flavor which is probably a little healthier. But there are a few tips when using a charcoal grill as well. The first thing I like to do is to make sure that I do a quick check making sure I clean out the bottom of the grill and add new briquettes. The number of briquettes to add can be tricky for an inexperienced griller. I have heard different ways to determine how many to use but the I feel that it is best to use about 25--35 briquettes per 1lb--1.5lbs of meat. Place the first row on the bottom making sure to cover the entire surface evenly, then stack the remainder in a pyramid shape on top one another. Then put a light covering of lighter fluid on the top f the briquettes, you can now light them. The thing about charcoal is it takes 30--40 minutes to become hot enough to cook, you want to wait for them to ash over. Once this is done you can spread the briquettes out to better the cooking efficiency. You are ready to cook. After cooking make sure to clean the grill rack properly. That’s it you’re done.

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