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Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared 480 3-Burner Gas Grill with Side Burner
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- Award winning TRU Infrared cooking system that provides seared in flavor while keeping food moist, delivering juicy results every time
- Three stainless steel burners yield 30,000 BTUs with an additional 10,000 BTU lidded side burner
- 480 sq. in. of primary cooking area on porcelain-coated steel grates plus 180 sq. in. of secondary cooking on porcelain-coated swingaway warming rack
- Large, painted metal side shelves offer lots of workspace
- Stainless steel lid, handle, control panel, and fascia add style and durability to this model
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The Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Performance Grill is a 3-burner propane infrared stainless steel gas grill with a side burner. It features a patented infrared cooking system with 30,000 BTU stainless steel main burners, 3 grate level temperature gauges and a 10,000 BTU flush-lidded side burner. This grill features 660 square inch of total cooking area. Other features include a stainless steel lid, handles, and side shelves. This heavy duty, high end grill heats your food directly, locking in mouth watering flavors and juices, with no hot or cold spots or flare-ups. It's the right choice for perfect grilling every time and also a great value. Heating food directly, Char-Broil's award-winning TRU-Infrared cooking system promises juicier food and fewer flare-ups - without hot or cold spots. Unlike traditional gas and charcoal grills that use convective heat (hot air) to cook food, TRU-Infrared grills use natural, radiant heat to cook food directly without drying it out. Traditional grilling works by burning fuel (typically propane gas or charcoal) to produce heat which is transferred to the air inside the firebox. In a process called convection cooking, the continually heated air rises upwards, circulating around the chamber as it transfers heat to food, causing it to cook. However, this constant flow of hot air can also dry food out, causing moisture to evaporate and carrying it away as steam. Most things that we eat have a naturally high moisture content - for example, meat is about 75% water - so the indirect heating method of convection cooking can shrink and shrivel even the juiciest burgers and veggies. TRU-Infrared technology limits the hot air flow by directly cooking food using radiant heat instead of convective heat. This works using a special plate above the heating element that absorbs heat and re-emits it in the form of infrared waves. Infrared (IR) waves travel through air to directly heat food, cutting out the intermediary step (using the air as a middle man) in convective cooking. If this seems a bit confusing, think of the warm feel of the sun on your skin or the "so hot you can fry an egg on it" sidewalk on a summer day; when the air temperature is in the 80's or the 90's (Fahrenheit), the pavement can reach temperatures up to 50 degrees hotter than that! The sidewalk is much hotter than the air because it's heated by infrared waves emitted from the sun, which carry heat about 93 million miles until coming into contact with the solid ground. Since IR waves do not transfer heat until they hit a solid, they can travel through the air without warming it and directly transfer energy (heat) to the ground, or anything else they hit. Much like the sun, the radiant surface in TRU-Infrared grills emits IR waves which travel directly to your food without relying on hot, dry air, locking in natural juices and flavors for moister, juicier results. The infrared heat is evenly spread across the entire cooking surface, so there are no "hot spots" or "cold spots" to avoid, as there are on traditional grills. Plus, the radiant surface also shields food from direct flame, preventing flare-ups for a much simpler and safer grilling experience - TRU-Infrared technology is truly the next step in the evolution of outdoor cooking!
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My main complaint with the grill was the assembly. Unfortunately holes didn't line up exactly right so assembling the grill was extremely difficult , the explanation of hooking up the side burner wasn't clear (I was able to find answers by searching the various web help sites), and popping in the warming grid was an exercise in frustration. I definitely would suggest finding someone to professionally assemble the grill.
Nevertheless we got the grill built and going in a long afternoon, so the worst was behind us. Now we just enjoy the food we cook! We've only used the grill for two months, so if anything changes I'll update this review.
The only thing I am uncertain about is cleaning the grill. It came with a handheld scraper that does work after the grill has cooled down a bit. but then all of the remnants are at the edge and i need to scoop it out, which can be a bit messy. I have purchased a grill brush, but I was concerned about ruining the finish on the grill plates. Once cooled down you can remove the plate and clean but that makes it a lot of work.
**Also we missed that the grill does not have doors for storage underneath, there is room in the back that is open, but I am not sure if it's safe so I do not use it to store anything.
I like the size and the btu's satisfy time and ease of cooking. Having the extra side tables are great for placing the pans, sauces, etc near by. We live in a somewhat foggy area so we did purchase the cover as well to help prolong its life.
Overall definitely recommend and have been very happy with my purchase
Setup was easy although there was a lot of laughing between the husband and I as we tried to follow the pictures. (Seriously, words would've made it easier but it wouldn't have been near as much fun!)
So far, we have grilled steaks 3x, chicken 2x, and smoked ribs on it. We've also done potatoes and corn. The grill is super easy to use and cooks super fast. 1/2" steaks take about 7 minutes.. Throw on a rub with a little oil, sear on each side for 3-4 minutes and you have a perfectly medium rare, juicy steak.
I highly recommend purchasing a smoker box. I smoked ribs for 3 hours and the result was amazingly tasty.
Due to a number of comments about rust, I also purchased a cover which we keep on anytime the grill is not in use. We live less than 2 miles from the beach so I expect we'll see some weathering over time but so far, so good.