How to Cook on a Weber Q 120 Gas Grill

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How to Cook on a Weber Q 120 Gas Grill
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The Weber Q 120 is a portable propane barbecue grill. At 15.9kg. the Q 120 is easily transported to the football stadium, campground or over to the potluck for an afternoon barbecue. Using a propane heat source, the Weber runs on a 400 or 456g.LP cylinder, or can be adapted to accommodate a 9.07kg. propane tank. Designed with user-friendly controls and easy-to-clean, once the cook gets the basics of firing this grill up, the next thing to master is the perfectly grilled steak.

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Things you need

  • 14.1- or 456gr. propane gas cylinder
  • Olive or vegetable oil
  • Tongs
  • Oven gloves

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  1. 1

    Place the grill in an outdoor location, away from combustible materials. The Weber user manual notes that the entire grill unit becomes hot while in use and cautions users to keep electrical cords, flammable vapours, pets and kids away from the unit.

  2. 2

    Attach the propane cylinder or tank hose accessory into the regulator located on the right-hand side of the grill and rotate the cylinder clockwise until tight. Do not use a wrench since this can damage the unit.

  3. 3

    Open the lid before lighting the grill to prevent a gas build-up underneath the hood.

  4. 4

    Unfold the two works surfaces on either side of the grill and push the burner control knob, located near the regular, into the “Start/Hi” position. Follow by pushing the red ignition burner until the flame shows through the cooking grate.

  5. 5

    Close the lid and preheat the grate for at least 5 minutes before grilling. The Q 120 uses a cast-iron grill that takes a little extra time to heat up than stainless steel or porcelain-coated stainless steel found in other grills. While the grill heats, bring your meat or vegetables out to the barbecue and set them on the foldout table in preparation for cooking.

  6. 6

    Open the lid of the Q 120, keeping your face away from the escaping heat, and lower the heat to a preferred setting, such as medium or low, by using the burner control knob.

  7. 7

    Lightly oil the cast iron cooking grate with olive or vegetable oil and place the food onto the grill, using tongs for safety. Close the hood of the grill to create a roasting effect or keep the hood open to mimic open fire barbecues. Large meat items, such as turkey, do best when the grill hood is closed.

  8. 8

    Check the cooking times for the type of meat or vegetable you are cooking. Most steaks take approximately 10- to 25-minutes to cook, according to the Weber grilling guide. Boneless chicken breasts typically cook in less than 20-minutes and vegetables such as carrots, potatoes and beets will take slightly longer to cook than corn or thinly sliced shish-ka-bob pieces.

  9. 9

    Remove the food from the grill carefully with tongs, using hot pads or oven to protect your hands from the heat. Place the food on a plate and loosely cover with foil until time for serving.

  10. 10

    Turn off the gas by pushing the burner control knob in and turning it clockwise until it clicks into the off position. The Weber Q 120 manual cautions users not to fold the side plastic tables up into the storage position until the grate has cooled to the point of being cold. Not following this directive may result in damage to the unit.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not attempt to light the Q-120 if gas is leaking from the regulator.

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