Simply put, a gas grill is simply a grill that cooks food on gas using a burner. The rooftop of the gas grill is usually set on top of a cooking surface and the burner is below it. Most gas grills utilize liquid propane as a fuel source, either from a separate tank which is connected directly to the grill or to a compatible gas line running to your home. (You can also use natural gas but it’s more expensive.)
Gas cooktops are much easier to clean than electric ones for obvious reasons. However, even electric grills can present problems and potential safety hazards if certain things are not taken into consideration. For instance, it’s not unusual for an electric grill to start smoking when it is turned on for the first time – this is perfectly normal and occurs because of conductive material within the wiring of the electric grill. Electric grills do occasionally catch fire in the wrong hands (a cigarette by someone lighting up near the burner) but usually only in very accident-causing circumstances.
There are also some safety issues related to owning gas grills. Gasoline is a flammable liquid, and any place where it is stored or handled should be cleaned thoroughly to avoid any danger. It should never be poured into an open flame, as the fumes are highly toxic and extremely harmful to your health.
The temperature control feature is probably the biggest reason that people get a gas grill, above all else. You can set the temperature to whatever you’d like it to be at any given moment. This makes grilling outdoors so much fun, since you don’t need to worry about losing that perfect grill-fire-in-the-target on a hot summer’s day. As long as you keep the temp high enough, you’ll always have a good meal. The gas grill heats up food quickly and keeping the temp low will help preserve that food’s flavor as much as possible.
A gas grill can also be used for making charcoal smoke. Unlike charcoal fire, this method is more intense and produces a much smokier flavor. Some people compare charcoal smoke to fine wine – you just have to try it to believe it. But with this type of barbecue, you have to be careful. Just pouring the right amount of gas grill fuel (a tablespoon or two at a time) onto the coals and turning them on is not the best way to create genuine charcoal smoke flavor.
Gas grills burn through lighter fluid, which releases toxic carbon monoxide into the atmosphere. The good news is that these grills are safe to use even if they do produce some of this poisonous gas, since they normally come equipped with flame immunity safety features. However, this feature is only useful if you are using the right accessories. The accessories that you need to use include non-stick lava rocks and thin aluminum foil. You place these items onto the coals to pre-start the fire, and they will build up heat faster than regular coals without the additional benefits.
In order to maximize the nutritional value of your barbecue, you should use high-quality cooking utensils such as cast iron skillets, stainless steel pots, and aluminum pans. These utensils will absorb the excess grease from the meat and grill, thus preserving the natural flavor and texture of the meat. Cast iron skillets are considered the most versatile utensil for grilling – apart from its non-stick feature, this cooking utensil is ideal for any kind of grilling. However, if you’re looking for the most convenient pan for preparing BBQ pork chops, go for the high quality cast iron skillet.
Another important accessory for your Gas Grill is a smoker box. An automatic barbecue smoker box is recommended if you want to have slow-cooked BBQ ribs, briskets or other types of food with a lot of smoky flavor. Smoked food is healthier than the traditional hot dogs and hamburgers we commonly get in restaurants. The smoke that comes out of the box can add up to 20% more taste to your food compared to those that come straight out of the grill. The box also absorbs the grease and creates a very rich smoke-y flavor in the food.