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Fantastic performance, tremendously powerful,
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This review is from: Broil King 976584 Regal 490 PRO Liquid Propane Gas Grill with Side Burner and Rear Rotisserie (Lawn & Patio)I was a Weber owner for 15 years but I always wanted a grill with real searing power, which Webers aren't really designed for. (they have a tendency to bake the meat, not sear it) I'm talking about getting to 800 degrees and being able to really flame broil a steak the way a good steakhouse would.
I researched this a bit and I think it boils down to this -- to get a real searing grill you can spend thousands of dollars or you can buy a Broil King. The Broil Kings are not beautifully styled and the build quality is not great, but your first steak on this kind of a grill is a revelation. The grill will get fully hot in about 5-8 minutes -- and I mean 850 degrees hot.
The strength of the Broil King design is the venturi tube burners -- which give good even (powerful!) flame and the flame broiling system. As the fat drips off your meat, flames will jump and sear that meat, but you never get an out of control inferno. Your meat cooks super fast but as long as you pay attention you can get exactly the degree of crust/browning/blackening that you want.
Our Weber gas grills were convenient, durable and well designed -- but could never give results anything like a good hot charcoal fire. The Broil King can.
Pros: Tremendous power, great performance. Especially compared with newer model webers, which have very limiting flow restrictor that limit their power for searing.
Cons: I think this grill is expensive given the mediocre build quality and bland styling. Everything is cheap sheet metal, though the burner controls are nice. Grill grate is cast iron but not the heaviest gauge; ours has warped slightly. Also, the piezo starter button stopped working after a few weeks. My son fixed it by dislodging it from the body of the grill. It hangs down by the wires but it works now when we squeeze it with a sideways angle and it works. But I happily put up with the cons because I am tasting grilled meat that is the equal of the very best steakhouses.