Grilling With Propane: 5 Benefits Of Choosing Gas
A charcoal grill may be great for low-and-slow ribs and brisket, but most of us don’t have the patience to wait 16 hours for our meals – even if some of us do have that kind of time on our hands these days.
For most of us, grilling means easy dinners after a long day of work, or stacks of hamburgers and piles of hot dogs for the kids. If that’s your idea of an outdoor cookout, you’re the perfect candidate for a propane grill.
Why choose a propane grill rather than one that uses charcoal?
Here are five big reasons to choose a gas grill:
- Speed – If you’ve tried to light a charcoal grill, you know it can take a while. With propane, simply turn a knob and you’ll be at cooking temperature in just a few minutes.
- Convenience – On a hot summer day in the southwest Iowa, do you really want to be turning on the stove in the kitchen and heating up the house? When you grill with propane, all you have to do is step outside, turn on the propane, push a button, and your grill will be ready for you when you return with the food.
- Control – One of the things cooks love about gas stoves is the control of heat it offers. With a propane grill, you get that same kind of control. It’s easy to make one side direct grilling and one side indirect, adjusting as you need to in an instant. Need medium heat for barbecued chicken drumsticks and then high heat for the veggie kebabs on the side? Propane can do that.
- Easy clean-up – When you grill with propane, there’s no messing with lighter fluid or the messy after-meal disposal of ashes like with charcoal. When you’re done with your propane grill, turn the grill and gas valve off, clean the grates and go inside. Done!
- Delicious food – The smoky smell of charcoal is OK in moderation, but it can easily overpower other flavors in a food. And if someone gets a heavy handed with the lighter fluid, you’re also going to get an unappetizing whiff and taste of butane.
When you grill with propane, the flavors and seasonings in the food stand out, especially when it comes to lighter foods like fish, chicken breasts or fruit. And propane grills can handle everything from steaks to pulled pork.
Keep propane grilling safe
Keep your summer grilling filled with fun by following these safe practices:
- Grill outdoors in a well-ventilated area, never in a garage or other enclosed area
- When re-filling your cylinder, have it checked out for rust, leaks or damage
- Keep your propane cylinder valve in the OFF position when the grill is not in use
- Never store propane cylinders indoors
- Always store cylinders upright
For more propane grill safety information, see our cylinder safety brochure.