That picture right thar is my new Butane Beaut, yet to be named. Bask in its warm glowing warming glow.
Because I host a lot of big parties - Block Party, Halloween, Home Brewing Party, etc. - my normal requirements for buying a grill are based upon size only. The wear and tear from moving the grill to party to party from the house, however, has taken a horrible toll on the old one, so I donated it to a neighbor with a much shorter and easier route to party central.
For the first time ever, I purchased a grill with more than just size and being cheap in mind. My requirements were the following: searing area (infrared), rotisserie, still had to be big, secondary rack, and it had to put out a ton of heat (BTUs). I selected the Napoleon Prestige 500 with rear and side infrared burner as I found a nice deal on an open box.
Now, before any of you start lecturing me about getting a gas grill, I firmly believe gas grills have a place in your outdoor cooking arsenal. In addition to this grill, I also have a Big Green Egg and a classic side box smoker. But when time is short or you don't feel like cranking up the oven in the summer, a gas grill is clutch. Plus, we're remodeling our kitchen at some point this year, so having a gas grill for that time will be especially helpful.
So far, we've done rib-eye and flank steaks over the infrared searing burner, and that was damn fine eats. The inch thick rib-eyes seared on each side for four minutes came out a perfect and juicy medium rare.
Instead of posting a recipe this evening, I thought I'd share some of the things I've cooked on a gas grill. This is probably an incomplete list, but it just goes to further show how versatile a gas grill can be.
Things I've grilled/roasted:
- Meat (duh)
- Potatoes (whole)
- Sweet potatoes (whole)
- Beets (whole)
- Cabbage (quartered)
- Onions and peppers
- Salsa makings (tomatoes, tomatillos, jalapenos, serranos, poblanos, etc.)
- Pineapples (sliced)
- Green onions
- And I'm sure there's more!
What kind of fun things have you done with your gas grill (that are legal)? Drop thoughts and ideas in the comments below.
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