Grills have become ubiquitous in the food industry of today. This particular fact has led to innovation in grilling technology. Now you need not be running for wood chips for grilling your meat. Grills today are available with gas and even electricity. These technologies eliminate charcoal. While such advancements may be considered appropriate, it is essential to realize that the whole idea of barbecuing comes from charcoal. If you are familiar with the taste of charcoal grilled food, you would notice an essence in that food which is hard to locate anywhere else; that is to say, gas grills or electric grills are not capable of normally lending that essence to your food. That may sound like a bummer. However, if you are stuck with a gas grill, you can bring into practice certain methods that bring your grilled food closer to the essence of charcoal. Let us see what those methods are.
Use the lid
It is advised that you avoid covering your food on a charcoal grill as far as possible but here the recommendation is otherwise. When you grill your food, cover it with the lid and certain amount of heat would remain intact. This way, you are bound to get a stunning char of the same grade as that of a charcoal grill.
Some work for heat
You need a pretty good amount of heat to obtain a good char. For that, consider chucking aluminum foil or baking sheet on an idle grill and replace with your food immediately after enough heat develops. Be conscious of your movements and rest assured, you would not be disappointed.
Or try smoker box
This box basically contains wood chips. You can easily put it on your grill and place your food along with it. The end product of this method has a flavor close to charcoal. This would be magical.
Use rubs and dressings meant for charcoal grill
This is arguably the best way to get a charcoal-like taste on any grill. These rubs would lend the flavor of charcoal to your food without having to tweak the grill much. Again, the end product would be stunning.
Try something different with your gas grill
A charcoal grill is capable of providing different heat zones on a single grate. You can obtain something similar from your gas grill. You can easily turn a part of the grill to high flame and a part of a low flame or even turn it off. This would create heat zones similar to a charcoal grill and provide for more breakdown reactions of proteins and thus provide a better flavor.
To sum it up, your gas grill is quite capable and can easily pass for a charcoal grill without much effort. The pleasure of charcoal grill can be relished at the comfort of your home where only a gas grill can work. Mind you, there is nothing better than this if you love food. So, start experimenting with your gas grill. All the best!