There are many benefits of infrared gas grills. Like conventional gas grills, infrared gas grills use either propane or natural gas for fuel. The difference between the two types of gas grills is the way in which the heat produced is used during the cooking process.
If you’re seriously considering getting an infrared grill, it’s crucial to research about the pros and the cons of infrared grills. However, this article will focus on the pros, especially when compared to regular gas grills.
Benefits of Infrared Grills
Among the main benefits of infrared gas grills are different cooking techniques, better tasting food and greater temperature control.
Most gas grills cook by convection—heat is transmitted through the air to the food sitting on the grill—whereas infrared grills use thermal radiation produced by heating up ceramic tiles to cook the food. Unlike other barbeque grills, there is no chance of a flame coming into contact with the food being cooked.
Another of the benefits of infrared gas grills is that the heat that they produce is much more concentrated as it is directed directly onto the meat cooking on the grill. There is also much less heat loss with infrared gas grills as the flame is not directly exposed to the air and the heat source is closer to the food on the grill. Infrared grills therefore provide much higher cooking temperatures than conventional gas grills.
Along with these much higher cooking temperatures, another benefit of infrared gas grills is the greater control over the heat that they offer. This is partly because there is no naked flame to contend with. This means that infrared gas grills are safer because the higher heat vaporises fat drips on contact, resulting in fewer accidental flare-ups.
Meat on infrared gas grills also cooks much more quickly as they take far less time to heat up. Because of the reduced heat loss, infrared gas grills consume less gas fuel during their shorter cooking time. Their design minimises hot spots so ensuring that your barbequed food cooks evenly.
As for the all important question of taste, many people who use them say that one of the main benefits of infrared gas grills is that they closely approximate the taste produced by an open wood fire and allow you to sear meats more quickly, sealing in their natural juices.
A little maintenance can go a long way in safety protection. Make sure that your connections are clean and functioning. If you see a fog, smell gas or hear strange noises, shut it off. Disconnect and reconnect securely. Some times a line might need to be briefly bleed-ed.
Keep flammable liquids away, as well as items that will burn easily like paper towels. Keep your grill clean. A build up of grease could cause a flash fire.
If using oils for cooking, make sure your pan is deep enough to handle the splatter of the oil as foods are cooked. Always add oils slowly to your pan.
Children and grills don’t mix. Always keep children at a distance. Grease spatters can cause serve burns.
Never overload your grill. Your grill needs air to work properly. Too much food could slow or shut off air to the burners.