It can be intimidating to be tasked with cooking delicious meals for all of your family and friends if this is your first time firing up the grill. We understand that being in charge of the grill is a big responsibility! With these beginner BBQ tips, we're here to help you achieve culinary excellence.
SELECT YOUR GRILL
The first step is to figure out what kind of grill you have. You will be given a variety of options, including gas, propane, electric, and charcoal. With so many options available, how do you know which one is best for you? It all depends on your personal preferences, and here are the key differences:
They heat their homes with natural gas or propane. Gas grills are cost-effective and efficient because they produce less smoke and are simple to clean. Another plus: if you're an eco-warrior, you'll appreciate how environmentally friendly gas grills are, as they emit fewer pollutants.
These grills are powered by electricity and have chords. These are ideal for smaller spaces, such as partially covered balconies, and produce very little smoke. Most importantly, these grills are convenient in that they can be used anywhere there is an electrical outlet!
These are the original infrared grills that run on charcoal. They can cook quickly on high heat for a delicious sear, or slowly on low heat for smoking, roasting, and baking. However, they take longer to light and turn off after cooking.
GET YOUR GRILL READY
You're one step closer to grilling time! Now that you have the grill of your dreams, let's prepare it by cleaning it thoroughly.
If your barbecue is brand new, you should clean it to remove any dust, oil, coatings, and adhesives that may have accumulated while it was being stored or manufactured. To accomplish this, burn the barbecue for 20 to 30 minutes before the first use, brushing it off with a grill brush that will not damage the finish on your grates. If you're using an older grill, brush the grates thoroughly to remove any food residue or grease buildup.
Turning on the Grill
First, ensure that the fuel source is operational. Check that the valve on your gas line is open for gas grills. For electric grills, all you need to do is plug it into a nearby outlet. Finally, for charcoal grills, light the charcoal with a chimney starter or lighter cube and create a two-zone fire. The cooking grids can be added after the lit charcoal has been dumped into the grill.
You are now ready to preheat the grill (kind of like an oven). Reading the instruction manual that came with your unit is the safest way to go about this task. Because not all grills are created equal, they all cook differently.
Turn up the heat to burn off any accumulated food residue on the grates to restore the grill to its original, clean, and flawless state. Brush the grids while the grill is still hot to incinerate any debris that falls off.
When all of the oil and gunk has been removed and the grill has completely cooled, replace the cover. Then, give your grill and yourself a pat on the back for a job well done!
Grills that We Offer
American Outdoor Grills