Infrared Grill Cooking

by Betty Foreman

Review of: Infrared Grill

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On January 24, 2013
Last modified:April 4, 2014


What is an Infrared grill


An Infrared grill is a grill that uses infrared energy to cook your food. Infrared energy is light that you can’t see but carries an incredible amount of radiant heat. Radiant heat is not new to grilling as every grill has some radiant heat, infrared grills simply has much more of it which results in higher temperatures and faster cooking times. Infrared Grill is available in the form of Electric Grill , Propane Gas Grill, or Propane Gas Grill which can be converted into Natural Gas Grill. To better understand how infrared grills work, you first need to understand how infrared grills cook food.

Infrared grills use large amounts of radiant energy. Radiant energy is drawn to organic matter such as that steak or those sliced vegetables and cook the food by vibrating the molecules within the food itself creating heat that cooks fast and evenly.

Why Infrared Grills

One of the most common complaints that people have when cooking on a grill is the length of time it takes for their food to cook. While there are some foods that you want to grill for long periods of time at low temperatures most of the time we simply want good tasting food fast, which is why infrared grills are becoming increasing popular by those who love to grill, but hate the wait.

Conduction Cooking

Conduction grills are grills that use a conductor of some sort to heat the grill and cook the food. The conductor may be lava rocks, briquettes, or heavy cooking grates. In order to cook food using a conduction grill, you first need to heat the conductors, which then heats the food and the air inside a closed grill. Because the heat must first warm the conductors and then the food while some of heat is diverted to the air inside the grill, cooking food can be a slow process and many times your food gets unevenly heated as the parts of the food lying on top of the conductors receive more heat that portions of food that are further away. Sauteing or Pan-frying uses conduction cooking.

Convection Cooking

Convection cooking works by the source of the energy first heating the air, and the hot air is used to cook the food. While this type of grill often results in more even and faster cooking than conduction cooking, it still takes some time, as you need to heat the air to sufficient temperature to cook the food. Boiling, Deep Frying food in oil is convection cooking because heat is first transferred to oil or water which comes in touch with the food.

Radiant Cooking

In radiant cooking there are no conducts or air that needs heated in order to cook your food. In fact, the radiant heat is drawn towards organic compounds such as meat and vegetables and works by vibrating the molecules in the food producing more heat faster because the heat goes directly to the food not a conductor or the surrounding air. Infrared Grill is considered a Radiant Cooking.

What are the Benefits and Drawbacks of Infrared grills

Like any type of grill infrared grills have both benefits and drawbacks and knowing what the pros and cons of these grills are will help you decide if this type of grill is right for you.

The Benefits of Infrared Grills

There are plenty of reasons why people choose infrared grills as the offer the following benefits:

  • Infrared grills are terrific for searing food as the heat from these grills is high enough to sear perfectly. Since 800 degrees Fahrenheit is the lowest temperature necessary to get a good sear, searing foods on other types of grills can be extremely difficult.
  • Infrared grills leave foods moister than other grills. Both conduction and convection grills use hot air to accomplish the cooking process. As air heats it draws the moisture from you food, leaving it tasting dry. Radiant heat on the other hand, not only does not draw the moisture away from food, it also drives surface moisture deeper into the food which is really important when cooking steak or chicken.
  • It provides even heat so your food can be cooked to perfection.
  • Infrared grills can save money as these grills use less fuel and less cooking time.
  • These grills heat faster and cook faster reducing cooking time significantly.

Drawbacks of Infrared Grills

While there are many drawbacks to using infrared grills there are also some drawbacks you need to consider.

  • While these grills do save money in fuel costs, the initial costs of these grills may be somewhat higher than other types of grills.
  • For those people who have used other types of grills in the past, there may be a learning curve when switching to radiant heat as these grills heat at higher temperatures requiring you to watch your food most closely and adjust cooking times.

Now that you know the advantages and disadvantages of infrared grills, you can decide for yourself if this type of grill is the right grill for your needs.

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