If you’ve only used charcoal grills in the past, switching over to propane grills can seem a little confusing. However, when I talk to people about their grilling habits, propane grills are always touted as one of the most convenient ways to grill. If you’re interested in expanding your grill expertise to include propane grills, use these tips to ensure that you know what you’re doing!
Cooking With Propane Grills: Preheating Is Important
Although propane is convenient and is ready in less time than traditional charcoal grills, it’s still important to preheat your grill. Twenty minutes is best since that will give your grill the chance to properly heat up. Before you preheat your grill, however, check to make sure that you have enough propane to last. You don’t want to get through preheating and then realize that your tank is empty!
Cooking With Propane Grills: Don’t Flip Your Meat Too Much
You might be waiting not-so-patiently for dinner to be ready, but constantly flipping your meat over isn’t going to make it cook any faster. Instead, prematurely flipping your meat will peel off the seasoning — that is any marinades or rubs that you’ve applied. The heat helps caramelize the marinades or rubs with the juices of the meat and if you flip it too often, you’re going to lose the caramelization and much of the flavour.
Cooking With Propane Grills: Don’t Cut It!
Although it’s probably tempting to cut into the meat to see if it’s done, don’t! This releases all the juices, which means all the flavour will be running out of the meat and into the propane fire down below. Instead, become familiar with how properly cooked meat feels to the touch.
Cooking With Propane Grills: Leave It Alone
This last step actually takes place after the meat leaves the grill. Leave it alone. No matter what you’re cooking, let it rest for a few minutes after removing it from the grill. This gives the juices a chance to cool just slightly, meaning they’ll settle. This increases the flavour quite a bit so don’t forget this last step.
If you’re not used to cooking with propane grills, don’t be intimidated. Instead use these tips to make sure that you’re dinner comes out perfectly, every single time.