Grilling with a Char-Broil Commercial Series TRU-Infrared Gas Grill
The weather is getting warmer and Memorial Day is right around the corner, which means it’s time to fire up the grill and invite over some friends. Honestly, we grill year round, but for some reason fewer people come to our cookouts in the winter. But with nicer weather accompanied by basketball and hockey playoffs, we don’t lack excuses to gather the guys and fire up the grill. Thanks to the good folks at Char-Broil, we have some shiny new deck jewelry, just waiting to be put to the test. Above is a photo of our new Char-Broil Commercial Series TRU-Infrared 4-Burner Gas Grill, the nicest grill we’ve ever owned. It took us a couple of hours to assemble over the weekend, and yesterday we fired it up for a little Game Seven watch party. We’ll just say the grill performed better than our local team, and leave it at that.
There is just something about grilling that makes guys like us happy. We’re modern men, who can cook and clean inside the house too, but cooking outdoors reminds us of a time when that was the man’s domain, and in many households, it still is. Nothing beats a cookout for social dining entertaining, and we love being able to partake in the gathering without being stuck in the kitchen. While we still own a fabulously smelling charcoal grill, we have to admit the ease of using gas wins out more often than not. Our guests normally appreciate not leaving our house smelling like charcoal, too.
Char-Broil’s TRU-Infrared technology takes gas to the next level though, yielding some of the juiciest grilled food ever. In 1948, Char-Broil brought the first charcoal grill to market, and almost 60 years later they debuted another innovation every bit as monumental, the TRU-Infrared™ cooking system. It delivers even heat across the entire cooking surface (no more hot and cold spots), juicier food, higher temperatures without flare ups, for restaurant-quality results. The key there is higher temperatures, especially right on the grill grates as infrared heats your food directly, and utilizes less convection.
What does that technology mean for you? How about simplifying and enhancing your grilling experience and allowing you to focus on hosting the party? Whether it’s the absence of flare-ups or the even distribution of heat, your meals are sure to be compliment-worthy! There are a couple of other Commercial Series features that are integral to a successful cookout. One-touch Surefire electronic ignition ensures that your Char-Broil grill fires up the first time, every time. We’re also particularly fond of the fuel tank gauge shown above, which helps make sure you don’t run out of gas in the middle of the party. We’ve done that before, and trust us, it sucks.
Feast your eyes on 725 square inches of total cooking area! That’s 525 square inches on the primary (porcelain-coated cast-iron) cooking grates, and an additional 200 square inches on the warming rack. This 4-Burner beast provides the cooking space needed for larger gatherings, and while we didn’t need it for our Game 7 party, we can’t wait to utilize the extra space in the future. Last night we cooked our entire meal on the Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Grill, starting with some sliced french bread. We then loaded the grill with chicken kabobs and corn on the cob.
If you’ve lived this much of your life without figuring this out, please allows us to share this tip with you. All vegetables are better when grilled with butter, and corn is definitely no exception. As you can see, we place the corn directly on the grill and then rotate it every few minutes. While you can also cook it wrapped in foil, or even in its own husk, this is our preferred method and the results are quite tasty.
Kabobs are also a great choice when hosting some friends, because they never fail to impress. Key for our purposes though was the fact that they photograph well, and look great on the grill. The next time you are hosting a cookout, we highly suggest them to impress your guests. Kabobs take a relatively long time to prep, but that can be perfect when you have a crowd over that just wants to talk your ear off while you’re in the kitchen. As you assemble them, you are literally standing in one place doing a relatively mindless task for up to half an hour. Or you can always do that prep-work before the guests arrive.
For our skewers, we generally try to cook them for about 10-15 minutes on high heat, rotating them at least 3 times while cooking, so they are done evenly. The small chunks of chicken cook relatively fast, but you still want to make sure they are fully cooked before serving. Kabobs can be enjoyed right off the stick as you hang out on the back deck, or slid off the skewer with a fork and eaten off a plate, whichever you prefer. As you can see the Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Grill cooked them perfectly, or should we credit the chef?
When grilling, we like to cook the entire meal outdoors, and on this occasion that also included dessert. Just like vegetables can all be cooked on the grill, so can fruit. One of our favorites is pineapple, and canned sliced pineapple is the easiest way to do it. Just put the slices directly on the grill for a few minutes and flip halfway through. Look at the fabulous color on our pineapple below. We served it with vanilla ice cream and it was the perfect finish to a fun outdoor meal. The only way the evening could have been better is if our team had won.
Char-Broil Commercial Series Grills are absolutely perfect for any outdoor entertaining, like Memorial Day which is swiftly approaching. We always enjoy cooking out, but having an amazing tool like this definitely makes it easier and more fun to be King of the Grill. We can’t wait to get back outside to cook all summer long, so keep an eye on our Instagram feed to see what we grill up next. The Char-Broil Commercial Series TRU-Infrared 4-Burner Gas Grill is priced at $499 as tested.
Additionally, Philip has served as Rally Director for the Washington Automotive Press Association, Speaker at IMPAcon and Blogs with Balls, Chairman of the Relay For Life of North Anne Arundel County, Examiner Team Leader for the Maryland Performance Excellence Awards, and Credentialed Founder of Capitals Outsider.