Nice grill...with a learning curve!
This grill replaced a beloved 10+yo CharBroil traditional stainless grill that had finally fallen apart. We chose this CharBroil Tru Infrared because of its similar styling, propane tank storage, side burner and CharBroil reputation, and were interested in the Tru Infrared technology - juicier meats with less cooking time? Sounded good!
It was easy to set up and assemble, but after reading some of the less-than-favorable reviews, it seems you need to ACTUALLY READ and follow the directions on this grill, namely the recommendation for seasoning the grill plates, and adjusting the total cooking time.
Now that we're a few weeks into regular grill use, I've realized a few things: 1. seasoning the grill plates as directed did absolutely nothing to prevent sticking, 2. this grill cooks exceptionally HOT, even at the low setting, and hotter yet with the lid closed. RIP rib-eye, we hardly knew ya. No more going indoors to cook sides or prep, you basically need to attend to your food non-stop, or leave the cover open to avoid flare-ups or excessive smoke, and 3. due to the shallow grill plates with very small holes for drainage, its a struggle to keep the grill surface clean of char and ash, resulting in transfer to food items...not so appetizing.
However, I've managed to stop burning food after the first use (or two), and I'm now refining my technique to make the most of this molten-magma hot grill. I think I'm finally getting the hang of it, but I didn't glean from previous reviewers that "faster cook time" literally means the difference between burned outside, raw in the middle to medium-well is about 2-3 minutes total.
I would recommend this grill, as it seems like a sturdy well made product, but take your time to get to know what Tru Infrared really means after using a traditional propane burner grill and you'll love this purchase, without burying a cremated rib-eye first!
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