Tips for Using a Rented Grill
Although often used interchangeably, the words, barbecuing and grilling, are not the same thing. Barbecuing refers to cooking meat slowly over low heat to achieve a smoky flavor, while grilling means to cook the meat quickly at high temperatures to produce a charred effect. One thing that the two techniques have in common is that rented grills let you achieve either result. The following tips can help you make your grilling experience a success.
- To prevent burns, do not touch a hot, rented grill with bare hands.
- Only use a rented grill in a well-ventilated area.
- Keep onlookers at a safe distance from the rented grill.
- Place the rented grill on a stable, level surface.
- Inspect rented grill to ensure proper placement and function of all parts.
- Consider marinating the meat overnight or hours before cooking for maximum flavor.
- Cover the firebox on the rented grill with heavy-duty aluminum foil to take advantage of reflective heat while cooking and for easy clean up.
- To create a draft and distribute the heat evenly, cover the firebox on the rented grill with a 1-inch-deep bed of gravel.
- To prevent sticking, spray the cooking surface on the rented grill with cooking spray.
- Consider reserving one third of the rented grill to use as a cooling area.
- For more uniform heat, use hardwood briquettes instead of lump charcoal in a rented charcoal grill.
- When using a rented charcoal grill, mound the briquettes in the center of the grill. Then, soak them with lighter fluid and light. When the briquettes begin to turn white, space them one-half inch apart if grilling or bank them on both sides if using a rotisserie. Begin cooking when the charcoal becomes ash-covered, which takes about 30 to 45 minutes. To maintain temperature, knock ash from briquettes while cooking.
- If using a rented propane grill, turn on propane tanks, use flame to light pilot while releasing gas and then adjust burners.
- To control temperature, move rented grill’s grate or spit closer to or farther away from heat.
- In the final stages of cooking, consider using sauces to enhance the flavor of the meat.
Cleaning. To avoid additional cleaning fees, ask your rental store professionals what steps you need to take to clean the rented grill before returning it. To keep grills properly seasoned, some rental stores only require that you empty ashes and grease from the grill before its return.
Contact your local, ARA-affiliated, rental store for information on available rental products and services to meet your grill needs. To locate the rental store nearest you, use the Rental Store Quick Locator above.