Tips When Using Different RV Grills

Finally! The RV grill on your online shopping cart has been bought and delivered. Do you have any ideas on how to make the best out of your RV grill?

If you are a newbie or a little less experienced on the cooking side of life, this article might be a great help because we will list some tricks and tips that will make your RV grilling experience enjoyable.

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What is an RV Grill

Before we jump into the tricks and tips, let me brush up on your memory for a bit and explain the definition of an RV grill. RV grills are a kind of grill designed to become portable and compact so that RV campers will not have so much burden bringing a large griller that would probably consume too much space on their vehicle. In addition, there are three types of RV grills available in the market that you can consider when you are planning to buy one.

  • Gas/Propane grill
Coleman RoadTrip LXE Portable Propane Grill

It is one of the most popular RV grill types because it brings the characteristic smoky flavor that everyone loves. This type uses liquid propane as a power source, making them more space-consuming than the other types. If you are planning to buy this type or if you already own a gas-type RV grill, make sure that you’ll have the initiative to maintain it so that it can last longer.

  • Charcoal grill
Char-Griller Akorn Jr. Kamado Kooker Charcoal Grill and Smoker

Known as the budget-friendly type of RV grill. This RV grill uses charcoal as a fire source. Compared to the gas grill that can also produce a smoky flavor, some campers preferred this type because it’s easier to find charcoal than liquid propane when you run out of supply.

  • Electric grill
CGG-306 Chef’s Style Stainless Steel Tabletop Grill

The most portable amongst all the other types. Electric RV grill is the best indoor cooking buddy that you can have because it can quickly bring this type anywhere. Still, you might be a bit disappointed if you anticipate a smoky flavor from your dish because that’s the downside of this RV grill.


So this is the most awaited part – the tips and tricks that you can apply when using different RV grills. Here, we’ll list some tips applicable for each type of RV grill.

For the Gas/Propane Type

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  • Check the fuel. If you want to make sure that your barbeque party won’t be interrupted, make sure that your fuel supply is sufficient enough to supply all your grilling needs. In addition, you should also check if there are any gas leaks so that you can avoid getting caught on fire.
  • Check if there’s too much grease. Make sure that there is not too much grease and debris collected under the grill grates because the grease can cause fire due to the heat and can become a reason for any fire-related accident.
  • Prepare all the ingredients and cooking items needed for grilling. Now that the grill is checked inside out, prepare all the necessary food items you may need during the barbeque party. So you don’t have to go back inside your vehicle or tent to grab some plates, tongs, oil, seasonings, or any other cooking utensils while leaving your meat to grill without supervision.
  • Don’t open the hood often. We can all agree that waiting for the food to cook is a bit frustrating, but let me tell you that it is better to keep the grill hood closed as much as possible to cook the food evenly and at a faster rate.
  • Oil the grill after using. After using and cleaning your gas grill brush, lightly coat some oil on the cooking grids so your grill will be ready the next time you want to grill.

For the Charcoal Type

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  • Measure the charcoal. Don’t dump the entire contents of your charcoal bag inside your grill. Make sure that you’ll just put the right amount of charcoal in the grilling equipment to get the best result. It is essential because some charcoal grillers don’t allow you to add a few more charcoals once the grilling process has started.
  • Get the charcoals on fire. Charcoal grills do not have their own on and off button, so make sure that you’ll allow some time to get your coals on the fire.
  • Make sure that the fire is distributed evenly. Ensure that the fire-producing heat for cooking grilling foods distributes the heat evenly and adequately. By building two-zone lighting, you can control the temperature evenly to the cooking grate so that the grilling foods you will cook get even heat everywhere.

For the Electric/Indoor Type

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  • Try to sear your meats in a pan before grilling. If you want to have a hint of smokiness on your dish, but you are using an electric/indoor grill, try to sear your meat first in a pan before transferring them to your electric grill.
  • Make sure to preheat the grill. One of the most important steps when using an electric grill is to preheat the grill you’re using to a medium-hot temperature. Don’t ever attempt to put your cold meat on a cold cooking surface if you want to achieve the best grilling result.
  • Use smoked seasonings. Admit it or not, one of the complaints when using the electric grill is the absence of the authentic smoky flavor that everyone can get from a charcoal and gas grill, so if you want to have that smokiness; smoked seasonings is the right solution. Add a small number of smoked seasonings like paprika to achieve that smoky flavor.
  • Try using a blow torch. If you have a guest you want to impress, try using a blow torch to slightly emphasize their meal’s grilled taste. Take note that you should be careful when using the blow torch so that your dinner won’t end up being a disaster.


Every type of RV grill has its pros and cons – some may excel in terms of usability. Some may be more compact than others, and some are way more budget-friendly. However, that doesn’t mean that you should acquire each kind of RV grills to satisfy your grilling needs because you can bring out the best abilities of your RV grills without wasting too much time, energy, and money. If you are wise enough to know each kind’s basic ins and outs and which type of RV grill will suit you the best.

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