How to Turn on a BBQ Grill
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Turning on a BBQ Grill
Finally, BBA season is here! and you are worried about how to turn on the BBQ grill? well! Whenever you are feeling like firing up the grill for some burgers, hot dogs, or steaks, you have to turn on the grill. For this, you may need some proper guidance if you are going to do this for the first time. then this blog post is for you.
In this blog, we try to cover everything necessary to turn on your BBQ grill. so read the article till the end.
How to Turn on a BBQ Grill
For turning on a BBQ grill, the first thing that you may need is a charcoal grill. And make sure the coals are evenly distributed on the bottom of the grill. Then, pour lighter fluid over the coals (just enough to wet them). Now it’s time to light up your BBQ! Use long-handled matches or a propane torch to light the coals. Be very careful as the grill will be very hot at this point.
Once the coals are lit, you can start cooking your food. Remember to keep an eye on the grill, and turn the food frequently so that it doesn’t burn. Also, make sure to clean the grill after use so that it’s ready for the next time.
Guide on How to Turn on and Use a Propane BBQ Grill
Here is a step-by-step guide for you to turn on and then use the propane grill for the very first time.
- Gas or propane Grill
- Lighter fluid
- Long-handled matches or a propane torch
- Stainless steel tongs
- Stainless steel spatula
- Stainless steel scissors
- Small fire extinguisher
Step-1 Hook up and Turn on the Gas
Check whether your grill is designed for burning natural gas or propane. Most gas grills use propane that is supplied from a small portable tank. But some of them are connected directly to the natural gas supply. So, you need to check how the grill is connected.
If it’s a propane tank then fill up about one-third of the gas tank in your grill and hook it back into place. But if it’s a natural gas supply line then turn on the main valve for natural gas at your home. Now open the control knob completely until there is a distinct click sound (this releases the safety catch).
Finally, close down gradually and listen carefully as another ‘click’ will be heard when you reach the “On” position. It means that a proper connection has been made between the outlet and regulator valves. Remove regulator cap from cylinder stem by simply turning counterclockwise. This allows passage of fuel through hose assembly; try not to drop or lose your small parts.
Step-2 Light up the Grill
Before lighting up the grill make sure that your grill is well-ventilated in an outside area. Do not use a gas grill inside the house. Take your long-handled matches or propane torch and light the grill. It’s best to use a back and forth motion when lighting the grill – this will help the flame spread evenly across the charcoal.
You can also use the igniter that comes up with your grill to lighten it up. However, when your grill does not have an igniter or it’s not working properly, you can use lighter wood.
Step-3 Wait for Grill to Heat Up
Turn on all the burners and close the lid of the grill. Now, wait until your grill has heated up before cooking. You’ll know that it’s hot enough when you start seeing flames coming out of the vents on top of the lid. At this point, reduce the burner settings to medium heat.
Step-4 Place the Food on the Grill
As your grill is preheated to your desired temperature, now it’s time to place the food on the grill. Put all of your meat on the grill at the same time but one thing you have to make sure of is that you left at least one inch of space in between each piece of meat.
Step-5 Regulate Temperature with Control Knobs
While cooking, you may need to adjust the temperature by turning the control knobs on the front or side of your grill. These knobs allow you to increase or decrease how much gas is being sent to the burner so you can achieve a lower or higher temperature.
Step-6 Let the Food Cook
When your food is cooking on the gas grill, do not flip it too soon. Let your meat cook while taking its proper time on medium heat. Cook it until its underside gets nicely browned.
As the meat seems ready for flipping, turn over it with the help of tongs or spatula. It is better to check one piece beforehand. If it comes off the grill easily without even sticking, go for it. It’s the right time for flipping. Now turn over all the meat pieces one by one.
Do not be in a hurry and wait till your food is cooked completely. You can manage this process by swapping the slower cooking flesh pieces along with the faster cooking flesh pieces. You can also use a meat thermometer to check the doneness of meat if you are not confirmed.
Step-7 Shut Down the Grill
As your food is all ready, shut off all the burners. Cross-check the knob positions to ensure that there is no gas flowing. Also, turn the gas supply valve off. And wait for the grill to cool down before closing its lid and then protect it with a grill cover.
Hope you know that’s how easy it is to turn on a BBQ grill! Follow these simple steps, and you’ll be cooking up a storm in no time. Happy grilling!