If you’re anything like the team here at Tundraland, you’re feeling the excitement that can only accompany one thing — grilling season! But in order to get the most out of your gas grill, it’s important to know a thing or two about the art of outdoor cooking. Whether you’re new to the grilling scene, or you’re a seasoned expert, we hope these tips help you get the most out of your patio cooking adventures this year!
1. Maintain thy Grilling Station
If you ask any chef, a well-run kitchen must be clean and organized. The same goes for your patio or deck — or, as we like to call it, your outdoor kitchen. So, to ensure a smooth grilling session, keep the following things in mind:
- Have Extra Propane on Hand: Nothing is worse than bringing out a plate of dry-aged steaks only to discover the tank’s run dry. Keep an extra tank on hand to avoid such deck-dining disasters!
- Keep it Clean: Make sure you brush down your gas grill before and after use (it helps to do this after things heat up a bit). In addition, take out the grates and burner covers at least 2-3 times a year to remove fallen food and buildup.
- Keep it Covered: Make sure your gas grill stays covered when it’s not in use. This will help it last longer through any inclement weather (especially in the colder months!)
2. Use Heat to Your Advantage when Manning Your Gas Grill
Part of the allure of the gas grill is the primal experience of playing with fire. However, if you don’t know what you’re doing, this is a sure-fire way to ruin a nice cut of meat. In order to ensure the heat works with, not against you, make sure you do the following.
- Preheat Your Grill: Hit the deck 10-15 minutes in advance to heat up your gas grill. This will ensure your food heats evenly.
- Sear Your Meat: Want to keep those juices where they belong? Start by searing your meat on maximum temperature (on all sides, for about one minute depending on the cut). Then, turn the heat down to finish the job.
- Prepare for the Flare: Keep a spot clear for dealing with flare-ups. When the flames spring up, move your meat to the cleared off space. If things get really crazy, remove all items from your gas grill until things calm down a bit.
3. Keep Safety in Mind!
At the end of the day, fire is fire. Make sure you stand by your gas grill whenever it’s in operation (especially when the food’s on already). We find a cooler of patio beers can be a great motivator to stay on deck! In addition, use a different plate for uncooked and cooked meat to ensure you don’t get food poisoning.
Looking into ways to enhance your grilling station? Call the experienced installers at Tundraland Home Improvements! We’ll install your deck in one day, and that each of our deck installations comes with a free gas grill! You’ll be serving the best BBQ in the neighborhood in no time at all. Call to book your free consultation today!