When cooking with a gas grill, the first thing to do is to make sure your grill is cleaned and greased. Use a stiff wire brush to clean the grid, then spray nonstick cooking spray before starting the grill.
Drain off any extra liquids, and trim fats before grilling meats to prevent flare-ups. When grilling meats or vegetables to which you want to add sauce, wait until the food is cooked at least halfway before adding sauces. Save time by the boiling ribs and microwaving chicken before grilling.
While the main dish is cooking, use foil to wrap side dishes, such as vegetables, potatoes or garlic bread, and place on the grill. Doing this improves the flavor and makes less of a mess.
Play around with different flavorings in your cooked food by adding wood chips. Aromatic wood chips are good for fish, poultry and other meats. For a sweeter flavor, use mesquite or hickory chips, which are perfect for beef, poultry, pork or fish. Apple chips pair nicely with foods you want lightly sweetened, such as lamb, poultry or fish. Pecan chips add a sweet, rich flavoring, while oak chips add a strong flavor that is not tart nor sweet.