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Infrared Barbecue Grills - Should You Buy One

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					  A Layman’s Guide to Grilling and BBQ
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                          About the Author
                          Kevin Ray has been in love with BBQ and grilling for the past twenty years.
                          He has worked with a wide variety of grills and taken part in several amateur
                          competitions, winning a few trophies along the way.
                          In his day life, he works in real estate.
                          He maintains a blog about BBQ and grilling at www.GodOfTheGrill.com.




Infrared Barbecue Grills - Should You Buy One?



Infrared barbecue grills have become much more common today than they were a decade back.
In 2000, a patent on this grill design expired, which allowed more manufacturers to offer
infrared BBQ grills, thereby bringing down the price. They work by igniting propane or natural
gas, which in turn heats a ceramic tile that emits infrared radiation. Consequently, infrared grills
generate a tremendous amount of heat - over 500 degrees Celsius (or 900 degrees Fahrenheit)
which allows users to sear items quickly.




Infrared barbecue grills have several advantages over traditional models. As already mentioned,
such grills can generate over 900 degrees Fahrenheit of heat. This higher heat generation and
distribution means that your food is cooked faster. Further, research has shown that such high
heat forces the juices to remain sealed inside the meat, resulting in tastier food. This, along with
the time saved on cooking is one major plus point in favor of infrared grills.


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The second advantage is that of uniformity. Anybody who has used a charcoal grill will testify
that their biggest issue is that parts of the grill are hotter/cooler than others, which results in
meat getting cooked unevenly. Infrared BBQ grills, however, distribute heat uniformly so that
every part of the grill gets heated equally.




Another advantage is that of efficiency. Since these grills cook food faster and heat up more
quickly, they consume far less energy than regular grills. So in many ways, they also save fuel
costs.




Infrared bbq grills have been used extensively in the restaurant industry for many years now.
Their faster cooking time and lower fuel consumption has made them a firm favorite of major
restaurant chains around the US. Their higher price put them beyond the reach of individual
consumers, but with falling prices, they have been widely adopted by restaurants and
individuals alike. Today, you can purchase a quality infrared barbecue grill for the same price of
a high-range charcoal one.




On the downside, with higher heat, burn injuries become more aggravated. Most grillers I know
tend to be a bit clumsy around their equipment. If this is an issue, I suggest that you not go for
infrareds as the slightest of mistake can leave a nasty burn.




Further, they hardly work outdoors. If you are the kind of person who enjoys grilling only if it’s
in the outdoors (which describes pretty much every grilling enthusiast), then you should
definitely prefer a charcoal/gas model over an infrared one.




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Finally, there is the issue of price. Infrared bbq grills are still on the expensive side. If your
budget is not that high, I suggest that you go for a high quality gas/charcoal model than a low
quality infrared one.




To conclude, infrared barbecue grills aren't meant for everybody. They work excellently well in
indoor settings and save tons of time and energy in the cooking process, but are also more
expensive and carry a heightened burn injury risk.




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