Here's a quick tip on how you can check the level of propane in your tank before you fire up the grill this Fourth of July. If you don't have a scale gauge or a grill that weighs the current level of propane in the tank you can use ordinary hot tap water to get a good ideal of just how much propane you have left in the tank. It works and it's fairly accurate!

It comes in pretty handy, especially if you've ever run out of propane in the middle of grilling something. There's nothing worse than having to make an emergency trip for more gas with half cooked meats on the grill! That's definitely something I'm guilty of a time or two in my grilling past. Don't let my shame be your shame, take this tip and learn to read your propane bottle like a Hank Hill.

This will inevitably start another discussion about whether grilling with propane or charcoal is better. We've had this discussion a million times, and while some make great arguments, I'll still prefer the convenience of propane over the superior taste of grilling over hot coals.

Why?

Because I had a charcoal grill for most of my young adult life. Every time I wanted to grill, I had to put those briquets into a starter chimney, transfer them into the grill without lighting my deck on fire, wait for it to come to temp, then manage that heat or it would extinguish itself before the food was done. Then, my awesome mother in law treated me to a new shiny stainless massive grill for Fathers Day one year, and to tell you the truth, it has me convinced I'll never go back to messing with coals. Propane and propane accessories for the win.