Can You Smoke Meat On A Gas Grill?

You can still get the flavor and cook of a smoker even if you only have a gas grill on your deck!

To smoke meat on a gas grill, use the different heat zones in your grill. Heat zones are formed by the multiple burners in your grill. An easy way to know how many heat zones you have in your grill is to count the knobs that control the gas flow. This method is call Indirect Cooking. You will also need smoking chips and a high quality external thermometer.

How Can You Smoke Meat On A Gas Grill Shown on a Grill

Simply follow the steps below to smoke on your gas grill!

  1. Determine the Heat Zones on You Grill
    1. Count the number of knobs on your grill that turn on or off your burners.
    2. Use ONLY ONE knob in the “on” position.
    3. Remove the cooking grid directly over the burner that is on.
    4. All the other heat zones (knobs) will remain in the off position.
  2. Prepare Smoking Chips
    1. There are many varieties of wood chips you can use to add flavor to the smoke in your grill!
    2. You will want to soak the chips before using.
    3. Wrap them in aluminum foil and poke holes in the top.
    4. Place the foil packet of chips in the heat zone that is ON.
    5. There is heat dispersal covering your burner; this is usually a stainless steel heat plate, lava rocks or briquettes.
    6. Place the packet of smoking chips ON TOP of your heat dispersal.
    7. Keep an eye on the packet. If all the chips inside burn up, replace the packet with a new one.
    8. Check out this video I made showing the prep of wood chips: See Video
  3. Prepare the Meat (or other protein)
    1. Salt and season the protein.
    2. There are many seasoning rub mixtures you can purchase.
    3. You can easily find a recipe to make your own seasoning rub!
  4. Use Thermometer to Hone Grill Temperature
    1. It’s best not to trust the grill thermometer when you want to smoke meat on a gas grill.
    2. The probe of the thermometer should be in the airspace of your grill and not touching anything.
    3. Adjust the burner that is on to get your grill to the smoking zone, usually around 180- 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Smoke Meat!
    1. Place the cut of meat on the grids that are not above the “on” burner.
    2. Follow usual smoking instructions depending on your cut of meat or protein.
    3. Enjoy your dinner!
    4. If you’re a smoked meats connoisseur, check out these meat forks. They will change your life!

That’s all! If you’re wondering ‘can you smoke meat on a gas grill,’ hopefully now you know you can! It’s not even that difficult.

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or share your favorite recipe!
-Grill Girl

Dyna-Glo Drip Pan Grill Part Replacement

Grill Girl shows how to use a drip pan liner to replace the entire drip pan (or grease tray) in a Dyna-Glo DGF493BNP (also works in DGF493PNP).

Drip Pan Liner

**PLEASE NOTE: This is not an exact replacement. Grill Girl demonstrates how to use a less-expensive alternative as a replacement for your grill. Use with caution, be aware of over-heating and grease build-up. OEM replacements are available for sale at a higher price if you are looking for that instead. All replacements or upgrades made by you to your own grill are your responsibility.**

About the Dyna-Glo DGF493BNP & DGF493PNP

Hey Y’all, Grill Girl here. I have this brand new Dyna-Glo gas grill and I wanted to show you how to use one of our new drip pans liners on it. This is a four-burner gas grill. It has four heat plates and three cooking grids.This specific model is a DGF493BNP but there’s also a DGF493PNP. You can see in the video that sadly, it already has some signs of rust on the grill. This grill model has a lot of problems with rusting out of the grease pan or drip tray. So I wanted to show you today how you could easily replace that with one of our liners we just got available.

We’ve had so many calls about this Dyna-Glo drip pan. We strive to provide you with the parts you need to get back to grilling! Here’s what we learned.

The Dyna-Glo Original

These specific models are propane grills and you can access the original pan from the back of the grill. Easily lift and slide the pan out. The piece in the video is brand new and still looks like it’s in really good shape. There is also a little tray at the bottom that catches the grease. This design allows you to remove that and clean it out.

Even though the part is new, as I push down on the original pan with my thumb, it bends and flexes. This shows that the pan is not made of thick metal. Instead, it’s made of a pretty thin piece of sheet metal. The low quality of the pan is why they rust out so quickly. We have so many calls about this from customers like you.

Using a Drip Pan Liner

For this model, I replace the entire pan with a drip tray liner. I bent out the side a little bit to make it catch in the current slot for the original pan. It slides in and covers the entire bottom of the grill. It was really nice that these fit so well in the Dyna-Glo grills.

However, if you have an existing pan that is either smaller or larger than this, you can still use a liner. Get a the closest size of the drip pan liner to your original pan and place it in the bottom of your grill. Be sure to cover any holes in the original and you’ll be able to continue cooking with the current pan you have.

Cleaning the Drip Pan Liner

Because these liners do not have a hole where the grease drains, all the grease collects in the liner. It is very important to check the liner for grease build up. Take it out every couple of times you cook and clean it. Then, simply put it back in again.

Here to Help You

We’re hoping that this will provide a good solution at an affordable cost. As the drip pan liner gets old, corroded, or filled with grease, you can easily switch it out for a new one. That way you don’t have to throw out your whole grill just because of one part.

Please remember that we also sell exact-fit Dyna-Glo drip pans as well as drip pans and grease trays for many other models.

Let us know if this helped you! What other parts do you need to fix up your grill? Until Next Time, – Grill Girl

How to Clean a Gas Grill Video Tutorial

Hey Y’all, Grill Girl Here. I’m right in the middle of fixing up this Barbecues Galore Turbo grill that’s about 15 or 20 years old and I wanted to give you a note about how to clean a gas grill.

Now, everyone has their own ideas *and of course you’re entitled to yours* but this is how I feel about gas grills; you should be able to leave them outside. They are outdoor cooking appliances and you shouldn’t have to thoroughly clean them every single time you use them.

When to Clean a Gas Grill

Think about your oven. Most people don’t scrub out their oven every single time they use it. Preheat your grill (get it really hot) each time you cook, before you put the food on it. This will sanitize the cooking space. It’s good to use a grid brush to remove food particles and debris from your cooking grid. However, you don’t have to constantly clean everything else to keep your grill in shape. In fact, grease drippings on the heat dispersal (the level that goes right above the burner) give you a better flavor.

That being said, once or twice a year, go through and clean all parts of your grill.

We recommend cleaning your grill at the end of your busiest grilling season, sometime in the fall, before you put it away for the winter. Remove the food and grease debris from your grill and avoid it being a magnet for rodents or insects. Also, it helps keep your grill parts in better shape while not in use.

It’s a good idea to clean it again when you take it back out in the spring. Sometimes spiders can build webs that impact the gas flow in burners and valves. Turn on each burner to make sure they light up all the way. Take this opportunity to check to see if there are any parts you need to replace.

If you cook all throughout the year, choose two times each year to clean your grill. We still think Fall and Spring work!

How to Clean a Gas Grill

You don’t want to get too much debris stuck down into the bottom of the grill body. It can be a cooking hazard and give you some burned flavor. For the twice-yearly cleaning, make sure your grill is completely cool. Remove the cooking grids and heat dispersal system (heat plates, briquettes, etc). Get on your gloves if you don’t want to your hands to get dirty. Use a firm-bristle plastic brush (as shown in the video) to brush out the debris in the body of the grill. Use a shop-vac or small dustpan to remove it.

It’s amazing how much nicer your grill looks after that simple task.

While your cooking grids are out you can scrub them more thoroughly than your everyday cleaning. If you have a porcelain-coated grid, you’ll want to be careful not to chip it off. Use a brass-bristled brush or a sturdy non-scratch scrub pad for the job.

Use the plastic brush you used in your grill on your heat dispersal to clean it off a little bit. Remember that heat dispersal gives your grill a smokey flavor so don’t spend too much time on it.

If you have a cast burner (iron, stainless steel or brass), clean out the holes of the burner with a toothpick or straightened-out paper clip. Remove the burner to do this well. If you’re having trouble lifting it up and out of the grill, it’s probably anchored in by a hitch pin at the back of the grill.

Put the parts all back in and your grill should be good to cook again.

Sometimes my customers tell me that they spend 20 or 30 minutes after every time they cook to clean their grill. To me, it’s just not the point of a gas grill. You know? It’s going to get a little dirty and that’s ok.

Alright y’all, Until next time! -Grill Girl

Gas Grill Grease Pans and Drip Trays

What Are Grease Pans and Drip Trays?

New Drip Pan Grease Tray grill part replacement. Material is Galvanized steel and the part is rectangular in shape. There is an American Flag and the Words "Made in America"
GrillPartsSearch.com Now Carries a Line of Replacement Drip Pans
https://grillpartssearch.com/category/GTDP.html

“Help! My bottom’s rusted out!”
You really do hear some pretty entertaining things working in the grill parts industry. Today we’re talking about your grease pan or drip tray.

In the gas grill industry, over the past 5-7 years, manufacturers introduced the concept of a grease pan / drip tray. A decade ago, most grills bodies consisted of just one piece with a hole in the bottom center where food grease dripped into a grease cup. Grillers easily removed the cup, dumped the contents and replaced it.

Then, grill companies moved to grill bodies made out of stainless steel sheet metal. So, they made grills where the bottoms of the grill were separate pieces. While some are riveted together, in most cases, you can remove these pieces. These trays are what we call “grease trays” or “drip pans.”

Why Do These Trays and Pans Rust Out So Quickly!?

Rusted Out Grill with Grid and Heat Plates Visible. Two red arrows point to a spot in the grill where the grease pan is rusted completely through. There is a hole in the grill.
It’s hard to see because this grill has so much rust, but the arrows are pointing to an area in the drip pan that is completely gone and you’re actually looking at the floor.

If you have a stainless steel gas grill, you know that all “stainless” is not created equal. When you grill, you have high heat and moisture in that stainless steel shell that makes up your gas grill. However, high heat plus moisture equals corrosion, even in stainless steel. As a result, you will commonly have a rusted pan or tray long before the rest of the grill rusts. We hear about it on a daily basis.

So What Can You Do?

Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to find a replacement for your grease pan. Manufacturers like Backyard Grill and Dyna-Glo are not in the replacement parts business. Consequently, even if they HAVE the tray you need, it can be very difficult or take a long time to get it. After-market parts companies often do not make replacement drip pans because the cost is so high.

This is why you have to look so hard to find replacement options for your gas grill drip pans and grease trays. However, this year we are proud to offer a trays that fit many models of Dyna-Glo Gas Grills. We have heard from customers some of our trays even fit Backyard Grills as well!

Before ordering a replacement pan, it is extremely important to take out your old pan and measure it.  
You will need the dimensions from front to back and left to right

GrillPartsSearch.com Now Carries a Line of Grease Tray / Drip Pan Replacements.

New Drip Pan Grease Tray grill part replacement. Material is Galvanized steel and the part is rectangular in shape. There is an American Flag and the Words "Made in America"

See our most popular Dyna-Glo Replacement here:
https://grillpartssearch.com/product/dyna-glo-drip-pan-grease-tray-galvanized-steel-15-1-4×28-5-8.html
Once again, please measure your original tray. We have many other sizes listed at the bottom of the product page.

New Drip Pan Grease Tray Liner grill part replacement. A set of four heavy-duty Aluminum pans, rectangular in shape. There is an American Flag and the Words "Made in America"

In addition to the USA-Made trays, we also have some aluminum drip pan liners. You can put these into your existing pan or new pan to extend the life of the part!
You can check those out here:
https://grillpartssearch.com/product/usa-made-medium-drip-pan-aluminum-4-ct.-16-x-11.html

New Drip Pan Grease Tray Liner grill part replacement. A set of three heavy-duty Aluminum pans, rectangular in shape. Include lip and are a replacement for Weber drip pans. There is an American Flag and the Words "Made in America"

Or, are you here for Weber replacement trays? We have those too!
https://grillpartssearch.com/product/weber-drip-pan-aluminum-3-ct-8-x-6.html

It is our goal to provide you with the parts you need. If you are looking for other grill parts, leave us a comment below!

Happy Grillin’! –Grill Girl

Late Summer Grilling

Try a fresh piece of fish for your next grill meal!

Try a fresh piece of fish for your next grill meal!

Let’s admit – by the time we all get to August, we’re kind of done with the burgers and hot dogs. Even if you’re not totally sick of them, you should give it a break for just a few weeks because they will certainly become your staple again once football season starts back up.

For an alternative grilled dish, give a nice fresh fish a try! One of my favorites to throw on the grill is salmon. It has a pretty sturdy flesh which makes it much easier to maneuver on the grill.

The absolutely easiest way to cook fish on the grill is by putting it in an aluminum foil tray, smothering it with a garlic-herb butter and then just putting the tray directly onto the grill grids. You won’t get that pretty grill sear, but you are guaranteed that the fish won’t stick!

You can also use a cedar plank, just a sheet of aluminum, or put it directly on the cooking grid. Just make sure that if you do choose to put it on the grid, you oil it properly before placing the fish on it.  The safest way to oil a cooking grid is to put some oil on a paper towel and rub that thoroughly on the grid. Also, try to put your fish where the grid is the smoothest and the cleanest.

For even more tips, check out this video I made to answer a question from a customer!

That’s it for now! Do you have any tips on grilling fish? What’s your favorite thing to grill at the end of summer?

As Always- Happy Grilling!!
-Grill Girl

Happy Fourth of July

2016 is halfway gone…

Fourth of July Independence Day

Happy Fourth of July!

…and wow, what a year it has been.

Over here at GrillPartsSearch.com, we’ve been working very hard to keep up with all your orders and also a new project we’re very excited about! Soon you’ll start to notice some changes on our website.

Our hope is that these changes will make it easier than ever to find the perfect parts for your gas grill. After all, we’re here to get you back to grillin’!

Once our new site is up and functioning, you’ll see even more of this blog and GrillGirl videos to help you be the grillmaster yourself!

Happy Fourth of July Y’all! We hope you have a wonderful day with people that mean the most to you and a grill full of delicious food!

-GrillGirl

 

Manufacturer Highlight: Master Forge

Master Forge is a very popular brand of grill available at Lowe’s stores across the country. The Master Forge grill parts customers most often need when they call is either the burner (the tube where the flame comes out) or the heat plate (the metal shield that covers each burner) and sometimes both! We sell burners and heat plates made specifically for Master Forge grills in addition to many other parts.

Where do you find a model number on a Master Forge Grill?

What if you don’t have your model number? Here are a few places to look:

  • Most Master Forge grills have a product number assigned to them at Lowe’s. Sometimes we can find parts using that product number, but the best way is to find the model number exactly.
  • To begin, try looking on your original owner’s manual. The model number should be on the front page and will usually be listed on the bottom of each page.
  • If you don’t have your manual, that’s fine too! Look for a small metal plate or label with certification information on it, including your model number. These plates are usually on the back of each grill but sometimes can be found on the inside of the front doors.
  • Master Forge models can be number, letters, or a combination of the two! Here are a few examples of popular models: 2518-3, 2518LN-LPG, 288994, 3218LT, 678489, B10LG25, DG0576CC, E3518-LP, GCP-2601, GGP-2501, GGPL-2100CA, IGS-01015J, L3218, MFA350CNP, P3018, or SH3118B.
  • See the listing on our site: http://grillpartssearch.com/category/Parts_for_MASTER_FORGE_Gas_Grill.html

These grills are generally low-to-mid quality so if you intend to purchase one, do so with the expectation that you might have to replace parts in 2-5 years.

If you have any other questions about your Master Forge grill or any other brand of gas grill, give us a call! 877-244-0737

-GrillGirl

 

July Fourth Gas Grill Checklist

Are you grilling on a gas grill for the Fourth of July this weekend? Do this checklist TODAY:
1 – Remove and inspect the cooking grids and heat shields. Excessive rust or holes in these parts warrants replacing them!

Rust on the surface of your cooking grids, the area where you place your food, is gross at best. If you have a lot of rust or deterioration, get a new set! It’s amazing how a new cooking surface can affect your grilled food. Additionally, holes or excessive rust on the heat plates (heat shields, vap-o-riser bars, flavorizer bars, etc) can impact how the heat in your grill cooks your food. If you want an evenly heated grill, you need to have this system in good working order!

2 – Check the level of propane in your tank. Nothing dampens a party like running out of fuel.

You know you don’t want to have to leave your party to search for a new gas tank so you can finish cooking everyone’s food! If you have your grill hooked up to natural gas, of course this doesn’t apply to you. It’s easy to check the level of gas in your LP tank. Get some warm water and pour it over one side of the tank. The fuel inside will absorb the heat from the water, so when you run your hand down the side of the tank, it will feel warm and then cool. Wherever the tank starts feeling cool, that’s where your fuel level is. If it’s close to the bottom, go ahead and pick up an extra tank before your party!

3  – Before you put the other parts back in, visually inspect your burners (without removing them). Light them up using your ignition system. Are they burning evenly? Is the flame blue at the base?

You’ll want to make sure you don’t have any large holes or ares of flame coming out of your burners. If that is apparent, it is definitely time to replace the gas burners. More commonly, you will notice low areas of flame. If a visual inspection does not reveal any damage to the burners themselves, you may need to replace the regulator and hose that bring gas from the liquid propane tank to your grill. The regulator usually closes down over time so you will notice your grill heating up less and less. The good news is it’s an easy fix and definitely something we can get to you in a few days!

 

And if you have any questions at all, give us a call! We want to make sure your party is a success (but there is very little we can do the day before to help).
877-244-0737

Happy Fourth! -Grill Girl

Top 5 Grilling Gadgets for 2015

Grilling is not only a great way to cook your lunch and dinners, it’s also one of our country’s favorite ways to enjoy the summer months with friends.

I put together a list of my favorite newly added accessories to our website for this season. I like to call them gadgets because it makes me feel cooler. These items will make grilling even more fun and easier than ever!

LED Grill Light

A Grill Light!! It’s battery operated and comes with a base to clamp onto your grill. This means the uses for this light are extremely diverse. It has a flexible neck so you can bend it to shine a light in any direction. This is perfect for the grilling enthusiast, but also for anyone who loves to camp! Don’t keep yourself in the dark! Your food deserves better!

Meat Claws 

Have you seen these? They are basically over-sized, really sharp forks.  These are made of stainless steel, so you don’t have to worry about the rusting or getting gross after just a few uses. If you like to smoke meat, these are an absolute must for shredding that delicious pork, brisket or chicken once you’ve smoked it to perfection. We have a pair of these at home and I promise serving a smoked pork butt in our home is ten times easier now than it used to be.

Grill Griddle

This one will be a harder sell – but I promise, you will end up using it much more than you think you will! My favorite version of this is the double-sided cast iron griddle.  One side is a smooth cooking surface while the other has ridges if you want some sear marks. It probably won’t take up your entire grilling surface area when you place it in the grill. It allows you to get the flavor of the smoke on delicate things like fish and veggies or even buns while using the rest of your grilling area for your burgers, steak or chicken. I actually made pancakes on a grill using this! We also have a stainless version available if you prefer that!

Grill Wing Rack

If you’ve ever grilled wings on a gas or charcoal grill, I’m sure you know the frustration of that fatty chicken skin getting stuck to your grilling surface. Is there anything more frustrating?! That skin is supposed to get crispy and flavorful and just when you’ve achieved that, you flip the wing and the skin stays right there, stuck to the grid. I HATE that! As you can tell, this hits a nerve with me, but there is an easier way! Chicken wings should not be naked, people. Keep the skin on right? Try out this wing rack and let me know what you think!

Shish-Kebab Grilling Set

Finally, don’t you love shish-kebabs? It’s such a fun way to bring diversity into your grilling repertoire. Get those veggies and meat all grilled at the same time, flavoring each other as they cook. Yum! Here’s the annoying thing – they get stuck to the grilling surface too, or when you flip them, they flip back. If that wasn’t annoying enough, the metal skewer gets too hot to touch. How about this little folding metal set? It comes with 6 skewers, and holds them above your cooking grid so they can cook without getting stuck. The skewers sit in grooves so you can flip them and they stay put! When you’re done grilling, just fold the set up and put it away. It’s made of stainless steel and will be another piece that will last long into your grilling career.

So what is your favorite pick on this list? Do you have any of these items currently? I’d love to hear your feedback.

As always, Happy Grilling from the Grill Girl!

It’s Warm(ER)! Go Grill Something!

Hello fellow grill fanatics and welcome to the first warm breath of air in 2015! Was this weekend not beautiful!?

I cannot wait to get our grill back into working order for the Spring and Summer seasons! Did you know that right now is the best time to pull out your grill and check it for working parts?

Keep the grill you love in your backyard and out of the landfill this year by replacing the old parts instead of the whole grill! You will save money and, in many cases, end up with a grill that works better than ever!

Here’s your checklist for Grill Spring Cleaning:

  1. Remove cover (carefully) and make sure there are no bugs who used it as their cover over the winter! Don’t have a cover for your grill? You should definitely get one! Covering your grill will help it cook better for longer!
  2. Look on the back of the grill for a model number. This will help immensely as you look for replacement parts on the internet.
  3. Take the cooking grids off your grill and inspect them. Your grid could be cast iron, steel bar, or stainless steel and coated in a variety of things. It might be hard to determine any of that if you have rusting or other corrosion. Clean the grids with a Brass Bristled Brush. If you notice a large amount of rusting or any breakage, put them on your list to replace!
  4. Under the grids you’ll see some system that covers the actual flame of the grill burners. This could be metal heat plates, shields, angles, or another grate that holds briquettes. Drippings and the heat of normal grilling will cause these to discolor and corrode. Since your food doesn’t go on these directly, you don’t need to worry about rust. However, if your heat plates have large holes, are breaking or if your grates don’t hold up the briquettes, it’s time to replace those as well.
  5. Remove the heat plates or briquettes and you should be looking down on the burner system in your grill.  With the hood open, light your grill. The burners should each light up and produce a consistent blue flame all along the outside of the burner. If you have any extra large flames, yellow flames, or burners that don’t light fully, you should may need to replace the burners. Any large holes or major corrosion is cause to replace these pieces. If the burners look great, but you’re not getting enough flame, it could be your gas source, valve or regulator.

Call our customer service to help you today! If you can’t find your gas grill model number, measure the parts you need to replace. Our phone number is 877-244-0737.

 

And as always – Happy Grilling! –GG