Gas Grill Barbecuing

Most gas grills can be used for gas grill barbecuing. The grill needs to have two or more burners to bbq, since indirect heat is what's needed to make slow cooked barbecue meats. Ideally the grill will have a mounted thermometer so you can keep tabs on the temperature. If it doesn't, it's easy to install one.

Setting Up The Gas Grill for Barbecuing

Gas burners are positioned in one of two ways.

Burners Left-Center-Right -- Smaller grills may have only a left and right burner. Use an end burner, placing the food at the opposite end of the grill. On large grills with three or more burners, you might be able to use both the left and right side burners, with the food in the middle. The benefit of this is that the food cooks evenly with heat on each side. When using just one burner, the food needs to be rotated occasionally.

Depending on the grill, it may not be possible to use two burners. The ideal barbecuing temperature is between 250 and 300 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temp goes much over that with both end burners going at their lowest setting, you can try propping the lid open a little. And if that doesn't do it, you'll have to use just one burner.


Burners Front to Back -- Use the rear burner here...it'll be easier to work with the food. And with the lid mounted grill thermometer in front, you'll know the grill temperature where your food's cooking.

Adding Wood Smoke Flavor to Meats

When I set up my grill for indirect cooking with smoke, the grate is slid over just enough to make room for a foil covered bread pan containing a few smoking wood chunks. The left side burner is the only one I'm using.

Set up like this, with the burner on low, I can easily maintain a temperature of 250F, and add a little smoke flavor to the meat to boot. Works pretty well for me!


With a little practice and experience, gas grill barbecuing can be a great way to cook delicious barbecued foods.



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