The fastest and easiest way to adapt a BBQ grill to cook baked goods is to use a gas grill plate. The plate is made of aluminum (double-layer) which lasts for years. You can bake outdoors as effectively as baking in a traditional oven, and bake everything from cakes and cookies to breadsticks. The design of a gas grill plate prevents the bottom of your baked goods from getting burned.
The plate's bottom is "V" shaped with an air pocket in between so that the hot air in your grill circulates around the plate (and your meal) while baking so that the top of the plate never gets hot. With this technology, you can bake just about anything outdoors, making your grill much more versatile.
Step 1 - Buy a Gas Grill Plate
A one-piece grill plate is lightweight and can be used with propane or gas grills. You can bake pies and cakes in your grill. It will have a grilled flavor, but you won't have to worry about it smelling like the other foods you grill beforehand.
Step 2 - Clean Your Grill
To get the best tasting baked goods, you must clean your grill before baking. Remove the drip pan. Clean it thoroughly. Also, use a stiff wire brush to clean the grill and grease trap before and after baking.
Step 3 - Heat Your Grill
Preheat your grill to 325 or 350 degrees Fahrenheit (depending on what you want to bake). It's important to make sure that you have a working thermostat. If necessary, you can test the temperature with a secondary one. While the grill is heating, you can prepare your recipe using your baking pan or cookie sheet. Keep in mind that you can bake anything, including frozen French fries, muffins, and even lasagna.
Step 4 - Insert Grill and Pan
Put the gas grill plate in your BBQ grill. If you're baking something that could bubble over, then cover the plate with aluminum foil first. Then, put your baked goods (in a pan) on top of the plate. Close your BBQ grill and set a timer for how long you want to cook your baked goods. For example, you can bake cookies for 15 minutes.
Step 5 - Remove Baked Goods
Once you're done baking, simply remove your baked goods the way you would if you were baking in a traditional oven. Use oven mitts so that you don't burn your hands. Turn off the grill, and when it cools down, remove the grill plate.
Adapting your BBQ grill can do wonders for your electricity bill. Baking indoors in a traditional oven uses a lot of electricity. With a grill plate, you can bake outdoors and reduce your electric consumption. It may also come in handy as a backup during extended power outages.