For as long as history let’s us remember, braaing has been part of the South African culture, wherever you’re from, whatever you do for a living, braaing is a way of life. New to South African shores though, is the Char-Broil – TRU infrared grilling product range.
What’s the difference between this product range and others out there?
A portable gas “skottle-braai” uses a conduction heat method of cooking which cooks meat through direct heat distribution from the pan/grid-plate to the meat (like using a pan or pot), whilst a standard gas grill uses convection heating which cooks meat through hot air (the same as a wood/coal braai would).
Then there is radiant cooking which limits the amount of hot air coming through from beneath. Essentially, it is a gas grill, however the unique design of emitter plates across the top create the most even spread of heat distribution through RADIANT COOKING that has ever been invented. The system can sear at the highest temperature or cook slowly at the lowest of lows. While convective heat destroys food’s moisture barrier, infrared heat penetrates it without drying, locking in natural juices and flavours.
Here are some features and advantages of using an infrared grill:
- It uses 40% less gas than other gas grills
- Even heat distribution across the entire cooking grid
- Much faster cooking
- Different Temperature ranges, including a “chicken” temperature
- The grid prevents flare ups, preventing flame burn crisps on your under cooked steak
- It is easy to clean
- Much juicier food
Initially you get the stainless steel grid as per standard with your infrared grill but you can purchase the cast iron version in addition. The Char-broil does require cleaning up after use as to avoid build-up of grease and fat. It’s evident that if you are not willing to clean the stainless steel infrared emitters regularly, then perhaps you should rethink acquiring this product.
• Three stainless steel burners yield 30,000 British Thermal Units with 13,000 BTU lidded side burner
• 500 square inches of primary cooking on stainless steel grates plus 180 square inches of secondary cooking on porcelain-coated swing-away
• Large, painted metal side shelves offer lots of workspace
• Stainless steel lid, handle, control panel, and fascias add style to this model
• Two stainless steel doors help enclose this appliance-style cart
• SureFire® Electronic ignition for a reliable spark at every burner
• Three grate-level temperature gauges help you control the heat
• Four casters (2 locking) offer easy mobility in any direction
• Dual Fuel™ easily converts from liquid propane to natural gas
There are numerous videos on YOUTUBE.com that show you how to clean this product which is very helpful. We challenge you to be the first to create a South African TRU-infrared cleaning video through our website. Just post it here under comments.
Definition of BTU: The British thermal unit (BTU or Btu) is a traditional unit of energy equal to about 1055 joules. It is the amount of energy needed to cool or heat one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit (0.56 °C).
Images: Seagul Industries, n.d., Charbroil – Gas BBQs, viewed on 17 June 2014, from www.seagullindustries.co.za/products.asp?page=103&id=213.
Research: Grill Junkie, n.d., Gas Grill Reviews: Char Broil TRUInfrared Commercial, viewed on 17 June 2014, from www.grilljunkieguy.com/gas-grill-reviews-char-broil/
Research: Seagul Industries, n.d., Charbroil – Gas BBQs, viewed on 17 June 2014, from www.seagullindustries.co.za/products.asp?page=103&id=213
British thermal unit: wikipedia, 2014, British thermal unit, viewed on 17 June 2014, from www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_thermal_unit