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When having a BBQ, what should you cook first?

When having a BBQ, what should you cook first? - Maria's Condo

Grilling is an art, and like any form of art, it requires practice, patience, and a pinch of caution. While we can provide general advice based on our grilling experience, the specifics may vary according to your equipment. Always consult your grill's manual and heed any safety warnings.

2. Identifying Your Grill Type

The first step on your barbecue journey is to identify the type of grill you have. Grills can be gas, propane, electric, or charcoal operated. Electric grills are the simplest to identify - look for a cord that needs to be plugged into an outlet. For a propane grill, check underneath your unit for a tank. Gas grills typically have knobs and buttons and tap into your house's natural gas supply. Lastly, a charcoal grill is usually basic with no knobs or buttons and resembles a hollowed-out drum.

3. Prepping Your Grill: Cleaning and Seasoning

Now that you've identified your grill type, it's time to prepare it for use. The first step is to ensure your grill is clean. Use a stiff-bristled brush to clean steel or cast iron grates and a nylon bristled brush for porcelain-coated ones. Also, ensure the bottom of the grill is clear of any debris.

Next, it's time to season your grill grates (note: pre-seasoned or porcelain-coated grates don't need seasoning). Apply a thin, even layer of canola oil to the grates before turning on the heat. This step helps create a non-stick cooking surface.

4. Firing Up Your Grill

For gas grills, ensure the valve on your gas line is open. For propane grills, open the valve on the top of the propane tank. If you have an electric grill, simply plug it in. For charcoal grills, add charcoal to the bottom of the grill. Now, it's time to preheat the grill - think of it like preheating an oven.

4.1 Starting an Electric Grill

Turn the knob to high, close the lid, and wait for your grill to reach your preferred cooking temperature.

4.2 Starting a Propane or Gas Grill

Turn at least one of the knobs to high and press and hold the ignitor button. Once you see a flame, release the ignitor button, close the lid and leave the grill for 10-15 minutes, or until your desired temperature is achieved.

4.3 Starting a Charcoal Grill

If using "match light" coals, light them with a match. Otherwise, add some lighter fluid to your coals before you introduce a flame. Once the coals have a light gray ash to them, they're ready to be spread around, and you're ready to cook.

5. Cooking on Your Grill

Electric, propane, and gas grills are simpler to cook with as you can easily adjust the temperature. For charcoal grills, you can adjust the cooking temperature by controlling oxygen flow, direct vs. indirect heat, and coal volume.

6. Cooling Down Your Grill and Cleaning Up

Once you're done with your meal, ensure you return the grill to the condition you found it (or better). To do this, turn the heat up and let it "cook" with the lid down for about 15 minutes. Once the grill is cool, repeat the cleaning and seasoning process. If you have a grill cover, put it on to protect the grill from the elements.

7. Grilling Time Guide for Different Foods

There are rough estimates of cooking times for different foods, which may vary depending on the type and model of grill you are using. Always remove food from the grill when it reaches the desired internal temperature, as measured with an instant-read thermometer.

8. Choosing Between Charcoal and Gas Barbecue

Charcoal barbecues tend to offer a wider price range, get very hot, and provide a smoky flavor every time you grill. However, they require manual lighting and preheating, are tougher to clean, and maintaining a constant temperature can be challenging.

On the other hand, gas barbecues are typically pricier, but they are easy to clean, convenient, and offer the option of a smoky flavor. However, they have more parts that can break, and lighting them requires caution.

9. Getting Started with Your New Barbecue Grill

Once your grill is preheated and clean, oil the grate using an oiled paper towel with long tongs. Use oil with a high smoking temperature, like canola oil. Now, your grill is ready for cooking.

10. Must-try Recipes for Your New Barbecue Grill

To get you started, here are seven beginner-friendly recipes you can try on your new barbecue grill:

  1. Low and slow burgers
  2. Beer can chicken
  3. Apple cider brined pork tenderloin
  4. Honey sriracha salmon
  5. Barbecue chicken wings
  6. Breakfast combo cups
  7. Pulled pork from a Boston butt

These recipes are not just delicious but will also help you get to know your grill better and develop your skills as a pitmaster..Happy grilling!


  1. Greatist - How to Grill for Beginners
  2. Real Simple - How Long to Grill Everything
  3. Start Cooking - How to Barbecue
  4. Grilla Grills - What to Cook First on a BBQ Grill

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