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Is Your Gas Grill Hot Enough?

How to tell if your gas grill is ready to cook

Thursday, August 03, 2017

A gas grill actually has a tendency to get too hot. Learning how to get to the right temperature and keep it there is important for successful cooking on a gas grill. We've gathered some tips to help you learn how to manage the heat of your gas grill.

Tips For Lighting A Gas Grill

It's always a good idea to read the manual that came with your gas grill. Each model is a little different, so you'll get the best instructions by reading your own manual.

If you're the type the refuses to read manuals, then here's a quick rundown of the steps.

- Put up the lid of the grill, turn on the gas at the tank, and then turn on one burner.
- Push the ignition button or light it with a match.
- Once it's lit, turn on the other burner if you have it.
- The grill should cook on high for ten minutes to clean off the grill and preheat the space inside.

Getting the Gas Grill Hot Enough

Once the gas grill is lit, you should put the lid down and let it come up to the correct temperature. You can use a special grill thermometer to check the internal temperature. Many models of gas grills include a built in thermometer on the lid, so it's easy to monitor the temperature.

How hot to get the grill depends on what you are cooking. Check out the guidelines for each type of meat to make sure it's the ideal temperature for what you plan to cook.

You can always use your hand to test how hot the grill is as well. After you have practiced the art of barbecue for a while, you'll develop a sense for how hot the grill is based on how long you can hold your hand over the flames.

Barbeque Bob's Secret to Success To find leaks in your gas lines, brush all of the connections in your gas grill with soapy water and watch for bubbles. Once you find them, it's easy to tighten them up and get your gas grill in top shape.

Troubleshooting Problems

If your gas grill just doesn't seem to be getting hot enough, there are a few things you can check.

The first thing to do is always to check the level of your fuel. You may be low on fuel without realizing it, or there may be a bend or leak in your fuel lines.

If you notice that the flame is more yellow than blue, try cleaning your burners. You can also adjust the air vent to get a better mix of air and gas for your gas grill.

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