Indirect grilling on a gas grill is a method used to turn your gas grill into something of an outdoor oven. It is recommended for grill cooking large cuts of meat, whole chickens, whole turkeys or anything that you would like to slow cook. This method keeps your meat as far away from the flames of your gas grill as possible, in order to prevent burning. At the same time, it allows enough heat to circulate within your grill so that your food is cooked to the desired temperature.
The way to achieve indirect grilling on a gas grill is to only light a portion of the grill and place your meat on the unlit portion. For this reason, you will need a gas grill with at least two burners. For gas grills that have two burners, you will want to light one side and then place your meat on the unlit side. For gas grills that have three or more burners, you will want to light the outside burners and place your meat in the middle, unlit, portion of your grill.
For indirect grilling, you are going to want to use a gas grill that has a cover. This ensures that your meat gets enough heat circulating around it to cook to a safe temperature. Furthermore, you will want to check the temperature of your grill to be sure that it is between 250 and 350 degrees Fahrenheit. As with a convection oven, the lower the temperature, the longer the cooking time. Be sure to check the meat periodically, to ensure that no part of it is too close to the flame. You could wind up with a half-burned cut of meat, if it is.
For food that tends to release a lot of juices during the cooking process, you will want to use a roasting pan. Do not worry; you can place your pans on the unlit portion of the grill, they can withstand it. This will also prevent any delicate meat from sticking to the grill. Furthermore, you can add things like veggies and sauces to your meat, if you use a pan.
When using the indirect grilling technique on a gas grill, you are going to want to temp your meat when you believe it is finished cooking. Just like your oven, indirect grilling can cook most of the meat and leave some at an unsafe temperature. Taking the temperature of your meat will ensure that your food is safe to eat. That is the last step to the indirect grilling process. It should take roughly the same amount of time as your home oven does. However, you may notice a difference in taste. Many gas grill connoisseurs claim that the taste of indirectly grilled meat is superior to that which is cooked in an oven. You will just have to find out for yourself.