Grilling: Lighting a Gas Grill and Direct Heat

Elizabeth Karmel, author of Taming the Flame and creator of GirlsattheGrill.com, demonstrates how to light a gas grill and clean it. She also explains what foods need to be grilled using direct or indirect heat.

Released on 11/11/2008

Credits

Starring: Elizabeth Karmel

Transcript

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Hi, I'm going to show you how to light a gas grill,
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and to set it up for direct cooking.
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Lighting a gas grill is literally
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as easy as flipping a switch,
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and let me show you how it's done.
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Number one, you want to always lift the lid of the grill.
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Number two, you just want to push it in
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til you hear that igniter.
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You want to repeat this on all the burners,
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because it's very, very important to preheat your grill.
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Preheating the grill is the key
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to getting those great grill marks, which we all want,
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and that great caramelization from the food.
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Now, your grill is not going to preheat
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unless you close the lid.
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This will take about 10 or 15 minutes.
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You know your grill is preheated
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when it gets to about 500 degrees,
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inside the cooking box of your grill.
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At that point, it's time to clean the grill grate.
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What I have here is a brass-bristled cleaning brush.
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You need to use a brass-bristled brush
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instead of another kind of brush
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because it's soft on the grates, but it's hard on the grime.
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Let me show you how you do it.
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Basically, you just go through the grate,
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and take off any food that's been burned off.
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Once you've cleaned the grill grates,
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and they're ready to go,
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then we want to set up our grill for our direct grilling.
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This is very important.
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You want to make sure that it's all on medium direct heat,
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or just follow your recipe.
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Direct heat basically means that all of the burners are on,
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and that there's heat directly underneath the food.
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The rule of thumb is if the food takes
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20 minutes or less to cook, you use direct heat.
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If it takes more than 20 minutes, you use indirect heat.
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If you don't know how long
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the food is going to take to cook, remember this;
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the heavier the food, the larger the food,
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the denser the food, the longer it will take to cook.
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We're ready to go, let's get grilling.