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Guide to Grilling for beginners
Grilling Tips & Tricks for Beginners
If you’re new to the world of grilling, you probably have questions ranging from fuel choice and equipment knowledge to cook time and various grilling techniques. We’re happy to share a few pointers to get you started.
The Right Tools for the Job
You’ll want to prepare many types of food once you get the hang of operating a grill. The important thing to remember is to evaluate your tools before it’s time to cook. Remember that unless you’re strictly grilling, steaks, burgers, or large chicken pieces, you should be employing some extra equipment.
Are you grilling fish? The wide-set steel bars of most grill racks will make it difficult to prepare something as light and flaky as fish. You’ll need a grill tray or pan (shown above) to avoid having your fish stick to the grill and fall apart as you try to remove it.
Are you grilling kabobs? Make them from scratch with a stainless steel kabob set or rack. How about vegetable pieces? Choose a grill basket when preparing food that may be too small or in too many pieces for efficient cooking.
Browse a selection of all kinds of grill accessories to get an idea of which ones will help prepare the types of foods you’re likely to want.
Get Fired-up With Fuel
Once you’ve made your choice between a gas grill (be it propane or natural gas), a charcoal grill, or a grill using both fuel sources, you need to know how to properly use that fuel to be able to cook safely, and with confidence.
NOTE: These instructions apply to gas and charcoal only. Electric grills will NOT need an external ignition source.
Steps to Lighting a Gas Grill:
- Ensure that both your grilling surface and the burners below are clean.
- Turn the valve of your propane tank or natural gas line to the “on” or “open” position.
- If your gas grill does not include a one-touch igniter, you will need a wand-style barbecue lighter.
- For a wand-style barbecue lighter, place the flame on or near your grill’s ignition point. For safety reasons, do not allow much time to pass (less than 30 seconds) between the time you begin the flow of fuel and the time you ignite your grill. Grilling gas is heavier than air and will begin to pool in unsafe quantities if left unlit and unattended.
Steps to Lighting a Charcoal Grill:
- Ensure your grill base and grilling surface are clean. If needed, empty ash build up and clean your top grill rack.
- Add the appropriate amount of charcoal to the bottom of your grill. One layer for burgers and steaks, or two layers for roasts or chicken.
- Using either solid fuel fire starter or a plug-in electric element, heat coals until glowing.
- Once the coals are glowing, replace top level grill rack. If you used an electric element, remove the device before replacing your grill rack.