Posted by BBQ Island on 5/12/2017
If you’ve been following the latest news in grilling, you might have
heard about the Sears
& Roebuck class action settlement involving a specific series of Kenmore Gas
Grills. According to the suit, these grills had defective firebox trays that
seemed to fail and rust prematurely. With Kenmore making theses right for their
customers, here at BBQ
Island, we pondered whether or not this ‘defect’ could be due to improper use
and maintenance. So, we put together this list of the most common gas grilling
mistakes that even some pros can make.
1. Cooking with a Dirty Grill
It’s tempting to let your dirty grill sit until
the next backyard cookout. However, doing so regularly could cause its early
demise. Leaving food stuck on grates and firebox trays filled with juices from
your meal could both attract pesky critters and the formation of rust. Take
time to clean your gas grill once it has cooled, so you’re ready to go for your
next grilling section. If you’re in Arizona, we recommend doing a deep clean on
your grill right before Monsoon season hits so the acidic food particles don’t
damage the stainless steel.
Failure to Preheat the Grill
Many grilling enthusiasts mistakenly believe
that using gas instead of smokers or charcoal means that they can skip the
preheating process without repercussions. However, you’ll experience less
sticking and get those desirable grill marks on your foods if you close the lid
for at least 15 minutes after firing it up before adding your goodies.
Improper ‘Zoning’ When Grilling
One of the best features of gas grills is having
the ability to control the heat quickly with frontal dials. It’s easy to crank
the heat up too much with a gas grill. So, we recommend creating zones—one on
higher heat for searing, and one on a cooler level—to properly cook meats and
vegetables without burning them.
‘Peeking’ Too Much
Continual lid lifting during the cooking process
means that you lose heat, which results in uneven and longer cooking times.
Here at BBQ Island, we have innovative gas grills that tell you internal
temperatures of both your grill and your food, so you can peek less and still
have optimal results.
If you’re looking for a reliable and technologically
advanced grill, check out our extensive selection of outdoor kitchens, smokers
grills at BBQ Island online. You can also stop by one of our
locations in Tempe, Scottsdale, or Peoria, AZ for a closer look at our lines.