What's the difference between a standard gas grill
This is a common question. Infrared heat actually heats
the object itself, not the air around it, which allows your food to cook evenly and fast.
Infrared grilling technology has brought the speed of a microwave to grilling without
losing the flavor and nutrients of your food. Let me explain.
The Solaire Infrared burner will reach temperatures of 800°
F within about 3 minutes. That means you're ready to cook after
only 3 minutes of lighting your Solaire grill which also means you're burning
less propane. As a matter of fact, this powerful grill operates on small
1lb propane cylinders, perfect for traveling and camping. It has the ability
to be connected to a larger 20lb cylinder and even be converted to natural gas if so desired.
Again, the versatility of the portable Solaire grill is matched by none.
Besides heating up fast, it also cools down fast because it heats
objects instead of air and because you cook with the lid opened, the grill
itself doesn't actually get that hot and can typically be packed away in just
15 minutes after shutting it down which means less time messing with the
grill and cooking the food and more time with your family and friends.
What about flavor? Does all this high temperature cooking
and fast grilling dry out the food or cause it to lose flavor?
Just the opposite. Now I will admit there is a little learning
curve when using an infrared grill. It's not the type of grilling where
you throw on your burgers, drink a beer or two, and then check on them. Infrared
cooks hot and fast, set to high the cooking temperature at the cooking surface will
be about 800° F. It's so hot in fact that you cook with the lid
open at all times (this is cool because you can see your food cook and not
lose temperature because of opening the lid to take a peek).
What most people don't realize is that's exactly what you
want for most meat because that super high temperature will sear the meat trapping
in all the juices. Once seared (typically takes about 2-3 minutes total) you
simply turn the temperature down to low and cook to preference. This makes
cooking meats like steak, burgers, and even chicken so simple dare I say...a caveman
could do it.
What about slow cooking roasts and ribs? Can I do that with
my Solaire Infrared grill?
Okay, admittedly infrared does have some limitations. You're
not going to be able to slow cook a roast all day or cook a whole chicken on your
Solaire Infrared grill. It just doesn't work for that. So if your looking
for slow roasting or smoking you should consider a small charcoal grill which I
feel is best for slow cooking. There are multiple settings for cooking, however,
and you can turn it down and cook slower cooking foods like chicken and pork to
Is it hard to learn how to cook on an Infrared Grill?
No, it's not hard at all. Once you get the hang of it you'll
find it much easier than standard grills. The heat is even and consistent and you can
get your cooking times down to a science. It might take a time or two before
you're used to the high temperatures, but once you get comfortable, you'll
master it in no time.