Safety Tips for Your Propane Grill

Safety Tips for Your Propane Grill

How to Grill Meat Safely and More

propane grill new york If you’re fortunate enough to have a propane grill in your New York backyard, you’re ahead of the grilling game. Propane grills can help you manage all your outdoor meals with less work and more ease.

You also get precise temperature control that gives you better results. You can go from high heat for steaks to low and indirect heat for pulled pork with just the turn of a dial. In short, grilling with propane offers you the options and control that make cookouts as easy as possible.

With that said, let’s get into some safety tips to keep in mind this summer.

How to Grill Meat Safely

  • Trim excess fat and blot marinade off meats before grilling to prevent flare-ups.
  • Use a marinade with rosemary, which has been shown to reduce toxin in some studies. Lemon juice, garlic and onion are other recommended marinade ingredients.
  • Grill your meat to reach a safe temperature. Use an instant-read thermometer and you’ll reach the safe temperature without overcooking.
  • When you’re done grilling, don’t put grilled meats on the same platter you brought out the raw meat on. A clean platter prevents the spread of bacteria that can live in meat juices and residue.

What to Do if the Grill Flares Up

Flare-ups are caused by fats and oils dripping down over your propane burners. They usually don’t last long but can create unappetizing burns on your food.

If possible, keep part of your grill empty when cooking. This way, you can quickly move the food to that spot if a flare-up happens. After moving the food, keep the grill lid up and let the flare-up burn off.

If the fire spreads, take all food off the grill and let the fire burn off the grease. If the fire gets out of control, remove the food and turn off the burners and gas. This is why you should always keep a fire extinguisher nearby; use it if you think the flames have gotten out of control.

Best Practices for Food Safety

It’s also a good idea to review some food safety reminders. Here are just four.

  1. If you can’t wash your hands, use antibacterial wipes before eating or handling food – especially raw meat, poultry, or fish.
  2. Separate raw meats from cooked and prepared foods. Store raw meats in a separate cooler, place raw meat on its own plate, and use different utensils to move uncooked and cooked food.
  3. Always cook meats to recommended internal temperatures; there are wireless meat thermometers that allow you to check temperatures from your phone.
  4. If you aren’t eating immediately, refrigerate food quickly after cooking.

How to Connect a Propane Tank to Your Grill

When it comes to using a propane gas grill, connecting the portable propane tank to your grill is a vital step. First, portable propane tank cylinders come in various sizes, but the most common size for grilling are 20-pound tanks, which is equal to approximately 4.5 gallons of propane. You will be able to cook for about 18-20 hours with this size tank, which can be refilled or exchanged when it’s empty.

Before you connect the tank, inspect it carefully for any signs of damage or corrosion. If you detect any issues, do not use the tank and get advice from a propane professional.

Connecting the Propane Tank to the Grill

Start by ensuring the tank’s gas valve is turned off. Set the tank in a stable, upright position, and align the valve with the grill’s regulator, which is connected to the hose coming out of the bottom of the grill. The regulator controls the gas flow and regulates the pressure between the tank and the grill. If you see yellow or orange flames coming out of your grill, there is a good chance there is a problem with the regulator. The flames of your grill should always be blue.
Once you’re aligned, turn the end of the grill’s regulator clockwise on the top of the tank until it’s snug, but don’t overtighten it, as this can cause damage.

Test Your Connected Tank for Leaks

Once the tank is connected, you need to be positive that there are no gas leaks. The easiest way to do this is to brush soapy water over the valve connections. If bubbles form, you have a leak. Check to see if you have a tight enough connection.

If you do detect a leak, do not ignite your grill. Turn off the tank valve at once and consult a propane professional. To stay on the safe side, you should do a leak test every time you change tanks. Read more propane safety tips.