Gas Grills 101

Along with charcoal and electric, gas is one of the three main choices you have when selecting a grill. Gas grills have made huge strides in technology over the years, and have become an extremely popular choice in many households.  In this article we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of cooking with a gas grill.

There are two main reasons that gas grill enthusiasts love their gas grills: speed and precision. Gas grills work very similarly to your indoor gas oven.  They are fueled by either natural gas or liquid propane, and are easy to turn on.  Once the gas grill is turned on, it can take less than 10 minutes for it to reach its optimal cooking speed.  This is a fraction of the time that it take for a more traditional charcoal grill to heat up, which means that gas grills have been easily incorporated into everyday cooking.

The other big benefit is precision.  Like your indoor stove, gas grills often have different burners that you can control with the turn of a knob.  Not only does this give your more control over the exact heat that your food is cooked on, you can have the different burners at different temperatures.  This means you can cook your meat at one temperature, and your vegetables at another.  Both will get the exact amount of heat that you want them to receive, which means that you have much more control over how the final product will be cooked.  This is a huge advantage over more traditional charcoal grills, where you have to depend on making hot or cool spots.

One final big benefit to gas grills are the ease with which you can clean up after your meal.  Gas grills simply need to be turned off and the grill grate cleaned.  There is no need to worry about or mess with disposing any ashes.

For BBQ purists, the biggest drawback to gas grills is that it is hard to get the traditional smoky BBQ flavor that is possible with a charcoal grill. However, it is possible to purchase accessories, such as a smoker box, to attach to your grill.

Make sure that you take a look at all the different pros and cons of charcoal, gas, and electric grills before you make the choice that is right for you.  At that point, you can be content that you will get the exact BBQ experience that you are craving!

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