Four Essential Propane Grilling Tips

Get the most out of your freestanding propane barbecue.

grill tank miami, fl We could spend all day talking about the amazing benefits of living in South Florida, but among the top perks of living here is definitely the weather. In Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, a chilly day normally means a temperate just under 70 degrees. It’s pretty much always a great time to fire up your propane grill.

Need some tips so you can barbecue like a pro? The grilling experts at Southeast Propane are here to help!

1. Have everything you need before you start grilling.

It’s never safe to leave a lit propane grill unattended. So, ensure you have everything you’ll need within arm’s reach before you light your burners. Here’s a useful checklist:

2. Grill at the right temperature.

One of the best things about having a propane grill is being able to control precisely how hot your cooking surface is. You can adjust the intensity of your burner flames with the turn of a knob. But remember, not all foods are cooked at the same temperature. Burgers, steaks and lamb chops are usually cooked hot and fast. Fish, chicken and vegetables call for more moderate temperatures. A full rack of ribs may need to be slow-cooked on a low setting.

We recommend having a grilling cookbook at your disposal so you’ll always know the correct burner setting.

3. Have a cleaning schedule and stick to it.

Propane creates a contained blue flame with minimal smoke. If your grill is smoking and spitting yellow flames constantly, it’s probably because of accumulated grease.

How often should you clean your grill? It’s important to clean your grates and racks after each grilling session. This doesn’t need to be a drawn-out affair. (We know you can’t wait to tuck into that delicious porterhouse.) Just use your stainless-steel grill brush to scrape off any mess from the cooking surface.

However, we recommend you thoroughly clean your whole grill every six months. Empty the grease trap, scour your grates and racks, scrub your heat deflectors and remove any ashes. You should also make sure your burners are clean to prevent weak or disabled flames.

4. Stay on top of your fuel levels.

Nothing ruins a cookout faster than an empty propane cylinder. Always ensure you have enough propane in your tank to get through a grilling session. Many grills have scales that tell you how much fuel you have, but there are many simple ways to check your cylinder levels.

If you choose to keep an extra propane grill tank on hand, be sure to store it upright in a shaded, open-air location (never in a carport, shed or garage). Also, keep unused cylinders away from your grill or any other products that produce sparks and flames.

Need more help with propane appliances? Reach out to the Southeast Propane team anytime!