How to Use a Gas Grill – Step by Step Guide for Beginners
Who doesn’t love a good grilled chicken, right? But did you know there are a few tricks and techniques you need to know that will optimize your gas grill and help you to bring out the best flavors in the chicken?
Don’t worry if you don’t because I’ve got you covered! In this article, I will outline the best ways to operate your gas grill and a number of ways that can enhance its performance.
Let’s take a look at how to use a gas grill.
Step 1: Fuel Supply and Grease Management System Inspection
Safety first! I know the prospect of getting to work on that gas grill seems exciting, but you need to examine the fuel supply before you do anything else. You don’t want to run out of fuel when your chicken is on the grill.
For that, you need to make sure that the fuel supply line and gas system has no leakage. To do this inspection pour a little soapy water in the hoses and joints. If you see no bubbles spurt out, then you’re good to go.
Step 2: Keep Your Cooking Equipment in One Place and Close to Your Cooking Station
It is always wise to keep all gas grilling instruments close to you when you’re cooking so that you don’t have to run around looking for stuff while your chicken is on the grill.
Sometimes when people forget to place everything close to them, they have to go and get it when the chicken is being grilled. This may result in the chicken meat drying out, hence making it rubbery.
Step 3: Get All Your Ingredients Ready
After you’re done examining your grill and making sure all your utensils are in place, prepare the ingredients. Cut the meat or veggies and decide which spices you want to use.
It is good to make sure everything is ready beforehand so that you can concentrate on grilling your chicken to perfection.
Step 4: Preheat the Grill
Put the grill burner on high and start heating the grill. You have to close the hood for 15 to 20 minutes. Although this step seems easy, it is necessary to get it right. When you close the hood, it maintains an equal temperature in the grill, which helps to cook your chicken evenly on all sides.
Step 5: Coat the Grids with Oil
When the preheating process is over, open the hood and coat the grids with oil. Then close the hood again. After that, you need to set the control knobs to whatever temperature you want.
Step 6: Start Grilling
Here’s a little tip: place the meat on the grill from left to right and back to front. This will maintain consistency. To know if one side is done and you may turn it over, nudge one or two pieces and see if they release, if they do then you may turn it over.
Step 7: Close Grill Hood
I know you enjoy that sizzling sound of the meat cooking on the grill, but my friends, you need to keep the hood down. When the hood is closed, the meat will cook more evenly, quickly and it will also be packed with the best flavors. Also, this saves you from oil or any other juices spitting at you.
Step 8: Keep a Cast Iron Pan or Skillet Nearby
Sometimes, you may want to make your sauces or toppings on the grill as well. Cast iron pans or skillets come in handy if you want to make sauces and dressings because it heats them evenly while their weight keeps them steady on a grill.
Step 9: Use Foil To Rest
When your chicken meat is done, take it down from the grill and wrap it in a foil to rest. This lets the chicken meat retain the temperature, and you can enjoy all the delicious flavors of the chicken.
Step 10: Let Your Grill ‘Burn Off’
While your meat is resting, you need to let your grill ‘burn off’, meaning that you should turn all the grill knobs on high so that it can burn off all the excess residue on the grill.
Step 11: Clean the Grill
Beware, before you do anything else turn off your grill. Now, when you see your grill has stopped smoking use a wire brush to brush off the burned residue gently. You should get to this soon so that the residue is not stuck to the grill and can be brushed out easily and so that flavors aren’t mixed when you grill next time.
Step 12: Finish with an Oil Wipe
All you need to do now is lightly wipe the grips with oil again. Now your grill is ready for the party.
What to Do If There is More Than One Burner?
For people who have one plus burners on their grill, this is for you! I recommend that you divide the burners; one to a hot side and the other to a warm side. It is wise to keep two temperatures since you have the option. Keep one for medium-hot or hot and the other one for medium-low or medium.
This setting also lets you cook efficiently because you can sear the meat on one side and finish cooking on the other side. You are also equipped with a place to move the chicken meat to, in case one side gets too hot.
Tips for Beginners
Conclusion: I hope, from now on, you will no longer have problems using a gas grill. If you come across any issues, go through the guide again.
And if you still have any questions left, give a shout in the comments section.