Backyard or patio parties are a great way of enjoying some good food and wine in the company of your close friends, on pleasant summer evenings. The atmosphere enlivens as soon as the air fills with the delicious aroma of grilled steak and veggies from the barbecue grill. However, cleaning the grill after the wonderful meal is a big put off, as it takes hours of cleaning before the grill comes back to its original appearance. This is where portable infrared grills come into the picture. They not only clean themselves, but you can also carry them around wherever you go.
What are These Grills
These grills are gas-powered and very compact in size. They are made of stainless steel and come in a carrying case. Due to their small size, you can even put them in the trunk of your car. As a result, you can carry them to picnics, camping trips, or any other place. They only take few minutes to heat up, thus cooking your food in half the time. They also cool down in an equally short time. Besides, they do not alter the flavor or taste of the food. You can adjust the temperature knob to the desired temperature depending upon whether you like your food under-cooked, perfectly cooked, or overcooked.
Moreover, these grills are not as messy as the full-sized gas grills. They come with a self-cleaning feature which allows you to clean the grill in less than two minutes. You only have to push the button, and the grill takes care of any spillage or other mess. Wipe it clean with a damp cloth. Another advantage of these grills is that since they take up lesser space than full-size grills, they can be stored even in the kitchen cabinet or on countertops. Some are made of high grade stainless steel, which allows you to take them on sea voyages as they are better resistant to salty air and water.
How They Work
These grills work on propane gas which is converted into infrared energy. The burner is made of a ceramic tile with hundreds of microscopic holes on its surface. The grill is electronically ignited by the push of a button. The gas runs through the stainless steel and gets converted into infrared energy underneath the burner. The infrared energy causes the temperature in the grill to rise as high as 1500 degrees. This allows you to sear your food while still leaving it rare on the inside.
The heat generated by this type of grill is more than any other standard gas grill. Normally, infrared grills work on a 1 pound propane canister. However, there are also those with larger capacity tanks, or those which use natural gas. The only problem with infrared grills is that you cannot cook certain types of foods like meat that require slow cooking. Moreover, only warming the food is not possible, since the grilling happens in a few seconds.
Thus, these grills allow you to enjoy your barbecue without the hassles of cleaning or carrying them inside. However, you should consider all the pros and cons before buying one.