USING YOUR GRILL
Your new grill consists of a set of burners, a bed of ceramic briquettes and a heat retaining cooking rack. Each burner is rated at 25,000 BTU. The grill burners, encompassing the entire cooking area, are side ported to minimize blockage for falling grease and debris. Above the burners are stainless steel trays, which support the ceramic briquettes and protect the burner ports from blockage.
Grilling requires high heat for searing and proper browning. Most foods are cooked at the HI heat setting for the entire cooking time. However, when grilling large pieces of meat or poultry, it may be necessary to turn the heat to a lower setting after the initial browning. This cooks the food through without burning the outside. Foods cooked for a long time or basted with a sugary marinade may need to lower heat setting near the end of the cooking time. Warming rack is used for defrosting or for keeping food warm while grilling.
· The doneness of meat, whether rare, medium, or well done, is affected to a large degree by the thickness of the cut. Expert chefs say it is impossible to have a rare doneness with a thin cut of meat.
· The cooking time is affected by the kind of meat, also by the size and the shape of the cut, the temperature of the meat when cooking begins, and the degree of doneness desired.
· When defrosting meats it is recommended that it be done overnight in the refrigerator as opposed to a microwave. This generally yields a juicer cut of meat.
· Use a spatula instead of tongs or a fork to turn the meat. A spatula will not puncture the meat and let the juices run out.
· To get the juiciest meats, add seasoning or salt after the cooking is finished and turn the meat only once (juices are lost when the meat is turned several times). Turn the meat just after the juices begin to bubble to the surface.
· Trim any excess fat from the meat before cooking. To prevent steaks or shops from curling during cooking, slit the fat around the edges at 2-inch intervals. Do not leave the grill unattended while cooking.
Operating the Grill
Make sure all burner controls are off. Do not attempt to light the burners if the smell of gas is present.
For LP units, check the connection with a soap and water solution after attaching the hose. Make sure there is gas in the tank and it is sitting upright.
1. Make sure the drip tray is in place.
2. Light the grill burners using the instructions below.
3. Turn the control knob to HI and preheat the grill for 15 minutes. The top cover is to be closed during the appliance preheat period.
4. Place the food on the grill and cook to the desired doneness. Adjust heat setting, if necessary. The control knob may be set to any position between HI and LOW
5. Allow the grill to cool and clean the drip tray after each use.
Lighting The Grill Burners
1. Open the hood.
2. Keep your face as far away from the burners as possible.
3. Push in and turn counter clockwise the gas control knob for the grill to the LITE or HI position.
4. Rapidly rotate the rotary igniter knob next to the control knob. A multiple clicking noise should be heard from the igniter indicating a spark is being provided to the burner.
5. Listen for the "Whoosh" sound. If the burner does not light on the first try, repeat immediately.
6. If the burner does not light after 5 seconds, turn the control knobs to the OFF position. Wait 5 minutes until the gas clears before attempting to light it again.
6. Repeat the procedure or try "Manual Lighting procedure" below.
7. Upon successful lighting, repeat the process on the other burners you wish to light.
8. To shut off burners push in knob and turn to OFF. It is normal to hear a popping sound when the burners are turned off.
Manually Lighting The Grill Burners
1. Open the hood.
2. Remove the grates over the burners you wish to light.
3. If you have just attempted to light the burner with the rotary igniter knob, allow 5 minutes for any accumulated gas to dissipate.
4. Keep your face as far away from the burners as possible.
5. Pass a lit, long stem match through one of the small briquette tray holes and position it near the burner ports.
6. Push in and turn counter clockwise the grill's gas control knob to the LITE position.
7. Listen for the "Whoosh" sound. If the burner does not light after 5 seconds, turn the control knobs to the OFF position. Wait 5 minutes until the gas clears before attempting to light it again.
8. If the burner does not light after several attempts see Troubleshooting Guide on pages 30-31.
9. Upon successful lighting, repeat the process on the other burners you wish to light.