Infrared Cooking - A Better Way to Grill
When it comes to producing tasty food on a grill, infrared cooking offers several advantages over other forms of grilling. The most common and traditional way of grilling uses indirect heat transfer, also known as convection, to cook food. A fuel source is ignited such as charcoal, propane or gas, to heat up the air surrounding the grill. As the air heats up, the food is cooked.
By contrast, an infrared cooker uses direct heat to cook meat, vegetables and other foods. Propane or gas is used to ignite a flame, which then heats up a stainless steel or ceramic tile burner. Food is placed on the burner and the heat is applied directly to it rather than the air surrounding the grill. Infrared technology offers several advantages over convection cooking. Let's explore these now.
The Advantages of Cooking With Infrared
* Fast cooking times- an infrared grill heats up in just a couple of minutes and cooks food in less than half the time of a conventional gas or charcoal grill.
* Produces juicy, flavorful food- searing meat requires a very high temperature. Infrared heat makes this possible and helps to seal the juices in and keep meat tender and juicy. When meat is cooked at a lower temperature over a longer period of time, it can tend to dry out and become tough. This is what happens when you grill meat using indirect heat.
* Cooks food evenly without producing nasty flare-ups. Infrared cooking uses direct heat which allows you to cook your food much more evenly than indirect heat. The temperature will not fluctuate as much as it would with indirect heat. In addition, there are far fewer flare-ups when using an infrared heating element than there are with conventional grills that can result in grease dripping on charcoal briquettes, lava rocks or other conductive materials.
* Easy cleanup- due to the fast cooking time and high temperature, grease drippings are kept to a minimum. Most of the drippings are vaporized instantly. Therefore, cleanup is easy and kept to a minimum.
* More flexibility- because the heat is applied directly to the burner instead of heating up the surrounding air, grilling can be done at any time of the year. In fact, you can even grill out during the dead of winter if you want to. The fast cooking times also makes it convenient to barbeque after work or during other busy times instead of having to wait for the weekend.
Now It's Your Turn to Try It!
As you can see, there are several advantages to infrared cooking. It is much faster, provides more control and flexibility, requires less cleanup, and allows for grilling out all year round. Best of all, it produces delicious, juicy and succulent food that you just can't get using any other grilling method.