Barbecue cookers have long debated whether it's better to use charcoal or propane grills. Both come with benefits and drawbacks, but grilling with propane is usually easier for those who are new to grilling. For all the new grillers out there, we will review the benefits of propane grilling and how to get started.
Why Use Propane?
A good web source covers some of the benefits of grilling with propane as opposed to charcoal.
- Simplicity. It can take multiple tries and some perseverance to light a classic charcoal grill. On the other hand, when using a propane griller, lighting is done by simply moving the knob, just as you would with a gas-powered stove-top appliance.
- Heat Consistency. A propane grill will always give the same amount of heat you set it to. Compare this to the heat of charcoal grills, which may become inconsistent. The flames might become too powerful or too weak. Sometimes they will die out altogether.
- Purity of Taste. Charcoal grillers say there is a unique taste to using charcoal, but excellent taste can be produced with either type of grill with the right spices and rubs. Charcoal grills often require some lighting fluid to get started, and for beginners, it's easy to use too much. This results in meat with a little of the lighter fluid flavor. That problem is nonexistent if you use a propane grill, since no fluid is needed.
- Easy Cleaning. Propane is not as messy as charcoal. For one thing, there aren't as many dirty by-products given off by propane burning. For another, cleaning up the grill after use is stress-free. With charcoal, excess food and sticky blackened material may hang around the grill, and the ashy, crumbly briquettes of charcoal will need to be cleaned out. None of that is an issue with propane grilling.
About The Propane Tank
If you don't use propane in your home, you may feel a little lost. Here is a simple explanation. The propane grill you will use will need to be connected to a fuel tank containing propane. It's possible to buy propane from home improvement stores, outdoors-type stores, and some supermarkets. They will usually also sell empty propane tanks to fill with the fuel. According to an article, twenty-pound cylinders are the most commonly used propane tanks for outdoor grilling. You will need to brush up propane safety before using propane for the first time, and you can call in a professional if you are uncomfortable.
Once you have a twenty pound tank of propane, it's easy to hook it up to a propane grill's gas line. Then, all you have to do is prep the grill a little by making sure it's clean and oiling the grates so the meat won't stick as much and nice grill lines will be produced. After that, it's time to put the meat on and start your cooking!
For more information, contact a business such as Northwest Propane LLC.