The Secret of Shopping For and Using Gas Grills
Great gas grills plus a special technique equals great food
Monday, March 10, 2014
Gas grills are favorites among those who are casual chefs and are primarily interested in convenience. They are easy since they generally have a push button ignition and can quickly reach and maintain the correct temperature. Let's talk about shopping for a gas grill, and then we'll give you a few tips for cooking great food on it.
What To Look For In A Gas Grill
If you start shopping for gas grills, you'll be amazed at the variety. We'll help you weed through all of them and choose the best one for you.
First, you need to learn about BTUs. A BTU is a measure of the amount of heat that gas grills can put out. To really be able to sear steaks or cook other high heat meats, you need at least 40,000 BTUs.
Next, you want to make sure that the burners are all either stainless steel or brass. Anything else and they will wear out too soon. You want solid blue flames, and high quality gas grill burners help produce better flame.
Finally, it's a good idea to get a gas grill made of stainless steel. You can find them in all sorts of colors, but plain old stainless steel is still the smartest choice in gas grills.
Barbeque Bob's Secret to Success Take a small magnet along with you when you're shopping. If it will stick to the side of the gas grill, even for a short time, it's poor quality stainless steel and will quickly rust.
Still Hoping For Charcoal Flavor?
It's possible to get that authentic smoke flavor from a gas grill. You'll just need to get a wood box. Most gas grills offer them as an add-on for about $30. This box is made for you to add chips of specialty wood and helps cover the flavor of propane.
Maintaining Your Gas Grill
The most important thing for maintaining gas grills is to clean it after every two or three meals. Fortunately it's easy to do -- just turn the burners on high for a few minutes and then scrape the grill really well with a grill brush. You can also spray degreaser inside the lid to cut down on the buildup.
Indirect Cooking on a Gas Grill
Unlike charcoal grills, where you can rearrange the coals, it's difficult to cook over indirect heat on a gas grill. Here are a few tips to help you do just that.
For indirect cooking over a double burner gas grill, place a drip pan over one half of the flames (under the grill) and add one half inch of water. Turn the other burner on high for ten minutes, and then turn it to medium. Cook the food over the water-filled drip pan.
For indirect cooking over single burner gas grill, turn the burner on high for ten minutes. Turn the burner to low and put a foil baking pan on the grill. Add the food to the pan in the gas grill and cook as directed.