All day you’ve been thinking about grilling burgers…or steaks or chicken or pork chops via best propane grills. You can practically smell the aroma of meat cooking outdoors.
The mere idea of it kicks your craving into high gear. Your taste buds don’t want to wait 20-30 minutes for charcoal to get hot enough to start grilling.
Convenience is one of the best features of gas grills. With a push of a button or turn of a knob, it starts heating up and most models are ready in minutes.
Another benefit is consistency. This is especially helpful when you need to maintain a certain temperature for long periods.
There’s no muss and fuss of adding more charcoal multiple times in order to maintain the appropriate temperature. Once this devicee reaches a set temp, it stays.
Unless you live in a climate that’s conducive to year-round grilling, chances are you close up the outdoor kitchen for the winter.
However, once signs of spring start popping up, the urge to barbecue hits. Unfortunately, satisfying that urge isn’t as easy as firing up the grill.
For safety reasons—and better tasting food—give your gas BBQ stove a thorough spring cleaning.
• With propane turned off, remove briquettes and grates, then detach tubes and burners. Use soapy water to clean tubes; dry thoroughly. Use a damp cloth to wipe off burners.
• To clean BBQ stove inside and out, use a grill brush and soapy water. Be careful to avoid gas valves, or better yet, cover them with foil first.
• Reassemble burners and gas tubes and reconnect propane tank. Next, turn briquettes over, close the lid and turn BBQ stove on to the highest setting for 15 minutes. This will burn off residual grease or food bits.
• After it’s cooled, remove grates for a scouring with a wire-bristle brush and soapy water. Put briquettes and grates back in place according to manufacturer’s instructions.
• Finally, check fuel. If low, refill tanks at a propane dealer.
If you’re new to grilling, follow these tips in order to choose the best BBQ stove for you.
• Size matters
Consumer Reports suggests purchasing a grill with a cooking area large enough to serve your entire family. In other words, if you have a family of 8, then choose a size that will cook 10-12 burgers at a time (in case someone wants seconds). If you have a family of 3, go with a smaller model.
• Meat matters
If you prefer grilling large portions, like whole chickens, be sure to select a design with a rotisserie. Also, many models offer side burners or griddles if you need to cook several items at once.
• Heat matters
Heat is measured in BTUs, and the general idea is the more BTUs, the hotter a grill can go. However, some foods are better off cooking with indirect heat, meaning not directly over the heat source. Look for a BBQ stove with at least two different heat zones.
• Construction matters
The best model will be a well-constructed station without sharp edges or corners. Also, test the handle; if it’s too close to the lid, you could end up with burned knuckles.
High-end choice DynaGlo DGE530BSP-D 5-burner 62000 BTU Propane GG with Side Burner
With more than 530 square inches of cooking area, backyard cooks can make dozens of hamburgers at a time.
Heavy gauge grates withstand not only large quantities, but large portion sizes. This model features an electronic pulse ignition system for easy startups.
Economic choice. Char-broil Performance TRU Infrared 480 3-burner GG with Side Burner and Cabinet
Infrared burners sear meat at very high temperatures to seal in juices. This BBQ stove handles low-and-slow cooking equally well. Control heat by utilizing different grate level temperatures, or a secondary cooking area. Side shelves provide extra prep room.
Budget choice. Char-broil 36000 BTU 3-burner GG, 522 square inch with Side Burner
Three burners providing 36,000 BTUs radiate plenty of heat to grill just about any protein or vegetable. A large cooking area accommodates multiple servings, and metal shelves flank the BBQ stove for extra convenience.