Planning a cookout? Don’t get caught without gas in your grill! This small detail can transform your barbecue into an all-you-can-eat salad bar. Avoid having to stall your guests by planning ahead. Following a few simple tips will make sure that you have plenty of gas to keep the party going.

First, check to see if you have a gas gauge. No? Don’t worry; you have other solutions. In a video posted by America’s Test Kitchen, the test is really easy. Let’s check them out.

Start by heating up a pan of water until it comes to a boil. Pour the water over the side of the gas tank. If the metal feels warm, then there is no gas. However, the areas that feel cool indicate that there is gas still in there. An easy solution for avoiding a big problem!

Interested to learn more hacks for your grill? If you have a large piece of meat, consider this tip from First We Feast. Wrap the meat in a piece of aluminum foil to ensure that it doesn’t dry out as it cooks. Another thing you can do to prevent meat from overcooking is to create a two-temperature grill. Accomplish this by placing all of the coals on one side of the grill and leaving the other side empty. Move meat to the cool side once it is done. 

Grilling is an excellent way to get together over the warm season. Just be sure to take a few moments to prepare so that nothing gets in the way of your good time. Check out the video below for a demonstration on how to test your propane tank for gas. Don’t forget to share with your friends!