I recently purchased a Charbroil 463270309 CB Outdoor Gas Grill that I converted to natural gas. Not only am I somewhat new to the world of BBQ (briquets) but I am completely clueless about using a gas grill. The top grill area (where the meat sits) is directly over the gas burners and I am concerned about the fat and meat juices dripping and clogging them. Also, is there a way to add mesquite flavor? Are there any good books that you would recommend that would give me instructions and explain my options? I love BBQ so much and I want to get started using it but I don't want to jump into this without instructions and then end up ruining my new grill. Thanks so much for your help!! Wish I could thank you by having you over for some BBQ when I get it figured out! :-)
Jamie, grilling can really be fun and rewarding, There is a slight learning curve and there may be a charred steak or two, but that's part of the learning experience.First, let me address the a couple of things for you. You DO NOT use briquet's of any sort with this grill.The other concern you had was the meat juices dripping down onto the burners and clogging them. Unless you're missing some parts ... there should be 4- metal tent looking parts called Flame Tamers or Flavorisers (depends on who the manufacturer is) that sit over top of each burner and prevents grease from getting directly on the burner. Once hot, the grease vaporises when it hits these and sends the juicy flavor back to whatever you're grilling. It also helps prevent flare ups to a point.Since you're new at gas grilling, one of the most important things is properly preheating the grill , with the hood/lid closed. This may take any where from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on how hot you want the grill surface. In your case, since it's a Natural Gas Grill, it will take bit longer to preheat, as compared to a Propane Gas Grill. That's because, Propane burns cleaner and hotter in an outdoor environment , than Natural Gas.As far as recipes and grilling tips are concerned, there are some in your Owners Manualhttp://www.charbroil.com/bps/char-broil/char-broil/knowledge/463270309%20english_bbd9e378-7_.pdf
as well as http://www.charbroil.com/Support/CookingGuides.aspx?cid=13&name=General-Guides.
Watching Food Network, can provide you with a wealth of information from shows like "Down Home with the Neally's", "Boy Meets Grill " with Bobby Flay, as well as "Good Eats" with Alton Brown.If there is one other thing to point out, it's cleaning and maintaining your grill. If you stay ahead on the cleaning, it won't be such a chore. Generally, I recommend using a brass bristle grill brush, dipped in cold water, to clean the grates right after you've finished grilling. The burners are OFF but, the grill grates are still hot. Dip the grill brush in cold water and run the brush across the grates. The steam this generates will clean the grease right off. And it only take a few swipes and about 3 minutes to complete. Oh, one other thing ...If you haven't already, invest in a high quality cover for you grill. Believe me, the investment is worth it's weight in gold..Well, I hope all of this has proved to be informational and that you will come to enjoy grilling.Good luck to you and Happy Grilling!! Read More At : CharBroil Master Flame Gas Barbecue Grill...