If you want to show off your cooking skills during Memorial Day weekend and beyond, you’ll need to know some of the secrets of cooking like a professional chef on your propane grill.
First, here is some background about why cooking on a propane grill is a smart choice. Today’s propane grills provide precise temperature and heat control, which is a major reason so many Iowans love using them. You can’t get that precision and control by cooking with charcoal.
Simply by turning the dial, you can instantly adjust your propane grill to give off more or less heat. If you’re grilling a variety of dishes, that control gives you the power to cook everything to perfection.
You have the choice of using different temperature modes or heat zones when you’re using a propane grill. Turn the dial to high heat on one side and low heat on the other, and that allows you to sear on the hot side and transfer it to the cooler side to finish cooking.
Being able to use direct heat or indirect heat, or both at the same time, is another reason why propane grills are so versatile and popular.
Direct heat cooks food hot and fast. It’s great for searing meats, or grilling thin cuts of meat and quick-cooking foods like vegetables.
Indirect heat is how you grill barbecued chicken and pork shoulder. You can even use indirect heat to bake bread. To grill with indirect heat, simply turn off the burners directly under where you want the food to cook, keep the other burners on, and close the grill lid.
But remember that indirect heat takes longer, so be patient. But that patience will pay off when you hear the praise you get from family and friends for the food you have prepared for them!
Here are a few tips to help you keep your grilled meat as safe as can be:
If you’ve ever marveled over the beautiful crust that steakhouses get on their meats, you can do it at home on your propane grill. It’s all about searing, whether it’s beef, lamb or pork. Here’s how to do it.
Want to try something new on your grill this year? Check out these grilling ideas from the Iowa Beef Industry Council.
You can read more about outdoor living with propane by going here.