Infrared BBQ Grill Reviews
It’s blasphemy, I tell you! Infrared BBQ Grills mentioned on a BBQ Smoker Site? Well, in short. Yup. In fact, I took a stroll over to infrared BBQ land and am actually pretty intrigued by the technology. Now, I realize that the promise of infrared being the next and best evolution in BBQ grill technology was mostly hype early on. But infrared BBQ grills are starting to catch on with hard core grillers who want high heat searing from a gas or propane BBQ grill similar or even beyond what you’d normally get on charcoal BBQ grills.
There’s even a few reviewers out there who state that they can get results on their infrared BBQ grills that rival the lock in searing and juice trapping wonderfulness they’d normally get only by using cast iron grates or a cast iron skillet on their grills.
Top 2 Char-Broil Infrared BBQ Grills
For the purposes of keeping things simple and clear, I want to take a look at the top 2 Char-Broil Infrared BBQ grills selling right now. As you can see from the video above, Char-Broil’s claim is that they’ve replaced the hype that initially surrounded infrared BBQ grills with proven performance. What were some of the biggest complaints about early direct to consumer infrared BBQ grills? Well, namely hot spots and a tendency to over sear food due to the early grills not having adequate temperature control.
Let’s take a look at the top two infrared BBQ grills Char-broil has on the market today and see what all the noise is about.
The Char-Broil Quantum Infrared Urban Gas Grill comes equipped with Char-Broil’s award winning Quantum Infrared cooking system. Char-Broil claims that this infrared BBQ grill completely tames flare ups and that its design allows for a level of grilling versatility that is off the charts.
Unparalleled Temperature Control and a Cool Wood Smoking Feature
A two burner system, each burner has its own temperature gauge located above the control knob that takes the grate temperature directly at grate level for a true reading of the heat about to sear your steak, burgers, chicken, or whatever else you might be cooking up. For those who like some added wood smoke flavor to their grilling, the Quantum Infrared design also allows you to add wood chips directly on to the cooking grates for added flavor and no flare up.
In fact, users report that there is no flare up to speak of at all, even when cooking marinated chicken that still has a bit of fat on it. Nice.
As someone who uses a gas grill and has tried about every foil smoke bomb, pan, planking, or box trick in the book, this feature really seems cool. Oh, and the cooking temps can easily hold at below 250 for low and slow cooking. Because there is a perforated metal “screen” (the infrared reflector) under the food, it catches the wood chips and holds them at a perfect smoking temperature where they will smolder but not flare up.
Want a good sear? Well no problem there, bub. This baby can get up to 700+ degrees F!
Saves Space While Providing a Decent Amount of Grilling Surface Area
This 2 burner grill is highly efficient due to the unique patented infrared grates and thus needs just 2 burners get the job done with the smaller cooking area. Perhaps space is an issue for your patio or perhaps you just want high-end infrared cooking performance without the 500+ price tag. This grill features 340 Square Inch of primary cooking area, 125 Square Inch of secondary cooking area, new “Surefire” electronic ignition, and a combination of stainless steel and painted steel appliance style cart construction with folding side shelves. As with all grills, we recommend keeping the firebox and grates clean to help avoid flare up as well as using a grill cover to protect your investment.
Like its little brother above, The Char-Broil Quantum M500 Infrared BBQ Grill features Char-Broil’s award winning Quantum Infrared cooking system.
This 3 burner grill is highly efficient due to the unique patented infared grates and thus needs just 3 burners and 31,000 BTUs to get the job done. The Quantum M500 Infrared BBQ Grill has 500 sq. in. of primary cooking area, 280 sq. in. of secondary cooking area, the “Surefire” electronic ignition, and a combination of stainless steel and painted steel appliance style cart construction.
Temperature control and wood burning capabilities are the same as for the Quantum Infrared Urban Gas Grill, which make for awesome versatility when grilling out.
The Quantum M500 IR is also a Dual Fuel designed grill for easy conversion to Natural Gas with the purchase of the Char-Broil natural gas conversion kit on Amazon.com.
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