How to Cook on a Gas Grill

During warm weather, using a gas grill is a trouble free way of cooking quick meals for the whole family or preparing meals when entertaining guests.

Gas grills can provide even cooking temperatures under the lid, fast preheating and ruckus-free ignition.

Cleaning them is also easy. Vegetables, fish or roast are among the foods you can cook using gas grills.

how to cook on a gas grill How to Cook on a Gas Grill

What You’ll Need

  • Food
  • Grill utensils
  • Full propane tank
  • Grill’s owner’s manual
  • Grill recipes (optional)
  • Gas grill

How to Cook on a Gas Grill

  1. The first thing to do is to hook up the gas. Make sure that there is gas in the propane tank. There are some tanks which have gauges at the top showing the amount of gas left by weight. For other tanks, you need to lift and listen to the sound of the swishing liquid in the tank or the weight to determine whether the tank is empty. If it is empty call a store to have a propane gas delivery right away.
  2. Before attaching to the grill, be sure that the tank valve is closed and the valves of all the burners are off.
  3. In attaching the regulator to the tank valve, follow the directions in the user’s manual. Generally, the process only entails screwing the tank and the grill together by hand; however, it may vary by model. It is not advisable to use a wrench because it may cause a leak and damage the regulator.
  4. Make sure that there’s no leak by applying a solution made of soap and water to the connections of the valve. Turn the tank valve counterclockwise to open then observe if there are bubbles on the connections. During a leak test, never ever attempt to light the grill.
  5. If you suspect that there is a leak, do not use the grill. Just turn off the gas and get in touch with the service center of the manufacturer.
  6. If the connections passed the leak test, it is time to preheat the gas grill. Follow the directions in the manual in lighting the grill. If your grill has a built-in ignition system or a start knob, never use a match.
  7. To preheat the cooking surface, turn the burners to a high setting then close the lid for about 10 minutes.
  8. If the grill has its own thermometer, verify if the temperature of the grill is about 500 degrees.
  9. When the grill is ready, you can start cooking the food. For the burner you will be using, set it to low setting and the other burners should be set to medium.
  10. After placing the meat over the grill with low heat, the lid should be closed. The meat will be indirectly cooked this way. The meat is not touched by the meat but it is still cooked from a distance by the heat coming from the other burners. You will get a steak which is moist in the inside and seared on the outside when cooking in this manner.
  11. If you have a grill recipe, follow the cooking instructions. Cooking times may vary basing on the cut of the meat, style of grill and grill temperature. But generally, it will take 4 minutes per side to cook a medium-sized 1-inch-thick steak. You can find out what works best on your grill by experimenting.
  12. In turning the meat, it is better to use a tong instead of a fork in order to prevent the meat’s natural juices from leaking out. The grill lid should be closed while cooking so that the food will be cooked at a level temperature.
  13. Hot dogs and hamburgers can be cooked over direct or indirect heat. For fattier meats, avoid cooking over direct heat since they may cause a flicker.
  14. After cooking, the grill should be cleaned. Close the lid then set all the burners to high. Any particles on the grill will be burned down to charcoal just like the way you clean a regular oven in your household.
  15. Observe the grill. When smoking stops, that means cleaning is done. Close the gas valve then turn off all the burners. Allow the grill to cool.
  16. Wipe off the dust particles of charcoal using a dry cloth and a grill-cleaning brush.

Tips & Warnings

  • Oftentimes, chicken wings cooked on the grill will take a long time. Boil the chicken for a few minutes before placing it on the grill in order to save on gas and to avoid serving undercooked meat which can be dangerous. For foods having the tendency to fall apart as they cook on the grill, such as vegetables and fish, using foil pans will be a good idea.
  • Turn off the gas line right away if you ever smell gas around your grill. Open the lid and douse any flames around or on the grill. If the smell persists, call the fire department. Water should never be used to extinguish a flame on a gas grill. Simply wait for the flames to die down and turn off all the burners, this can also be prevented by consulting with a fire protection engineering expert.
  • Cooked food should never be placed on the same plate where the raw food was held. It may cause cross contamination and food poisoning could be the result.

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