Steaks and sausages only taste from the charcoal grill? Error! Gas grills have decisive advantages that even die-hard charcoal fans will be impressed by.
Real men grill on charcoal that smokes, that prizzles and reminds a little of food preparation over an open fire. This opinion persisted for years, but at least since the development of various gas grills even die-hard charcoal fans have been convinced of the pleasant way of grilling.
A gas grill does not have to be moved to the second choice category. Nowadays, the models range from the small double flame for the balcony to extravagant grill stations. And also the argument: "With the gas grill I lack the typical charcoal aroma", may gladly be put aside. In terms of price, gas barbecues range from 100 to well above the 1000 euro mark.
Grilling with gas: these are the advantages
In America, grilling with a gas grill has long become an everyday occurrence. We Germans are hard to be persuaded to do without charcoal, but grilling with gas has considerable advantages:
1. Ready to start in just a few minutes
In contrast to the charcoal grill, which I don't want to talk badly about, the gas grill is ready for use in just a few steps. The charcoal must first be dosed correctly and then ignited. Patience is required until the coal has burned through and the first item to be grilled is allowed to grill. With the gas grill, all you have to do is connect a gas bottle, if you have not already done so, just press a button and the grill can be used immediately. When lighting, always make sure that the lid of the gas grill is open! The quick readiness for action is particularly advantageous when a spontaneous visit has been announced. In no time you can serve your guests with freshly grilled dishes.
2. Desired temperature adjustable at any time
You know that yourself, once a charcoal grill is in motion, be careful not to burn meat and sausages. If the glow is extremely hot, the grillage should be placed one floor higher. With the gas grill, the temperature can be adjusted at the push of a button. How many levels are possible here depends on the respective model. There are also two grilling methods available: direct and indirect grilling.
direct grilling - The food is placed directly on the grill sticks, the process can be compared to searing meat. The temperatures here are high and the food is cooked faster. Suitable for steaks, fish, chicken breast or vegetables.
indirect grilling - slow cooking method for thick pieces of meat. Works similar to a convection oven. Only the outer grill sticks are lit so that the heat is distributed around the food. The lid remains closed, ideally you use a grill thermometer.
You can find detailed information on these two grill methods and how you can combine both variants in the grill guide at gasgrill-shop.com.
3. Smoken in the gas grill
Now we come back to the point “where is the delicious smoke taste in the gas grill?” Smoking or smoking gives you an at least as good, if not even more intense taste. You need so-called wood chips to smoke. These are small pieces of wood that are filled into a smokebox (metal box). For health reasons, you should not use any kind of wood. Many types of wood are treated with pesticides and are therefore just as unsuitable as waste from construction! Pay attention to the information provided by the manufacturer and take a look at the table on pepperworld.com. This offers a wonderful overview of which types of wood are suitable, how the smoke character develops and for which food, which chips are suitable.
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4. Easy cleaning
To clean a charcoal grill, you need to wait for the embers to cool completely. It takes hours! Only then can you dispose of the ashes. Clean the grate with a wire brush. Sometimes heavy scrubbing is the order of the day. For the gas grill, the grate must also be cleaned, which is necessary for hygienic reasons alone. Heat the grill up with the lid closed, all residues will burn within a few minutes and can then be brushed off with a wire brush. Grease that has dripped down in the drip tray can be removed with detergent and water. The storage areas on the grill are cleaned in the same way. And your gas grill is already clean for the next round!