Steakhouse-quality barbecue coming to your backyard with concept IR grill
Ever bite into a choice cut at a high-end steak house and wonder why you can't get the same flavor at home?
It’s because many steakhouses use high-temperature infrared (IR) grilling technology that can sear meats evenly at 700 degrees or hotter while chefs watch carefully in order not to char and burn the meat.
Now that same technology is on its way to the backyard barbecue with the concept infrared (IR) grill from SCHOTT North America.
IR technology has been available for years in commercial grills and the concept grill raises the stakes for home barbecuing, showcasing IR technology that sears and cooks the perfect steak at extraordinary heat. Schott unveiled its concept in early March 2013 at the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association Expo.
The concept grill features a glass-ceramic SCHOTT Nextrema™ high-performance glass-ceramic grate system to ensure no loss of IR heat, which helps to perfectly seal in juices and flavors.
An easy-to-clean glass-ceramic panel catches juices that infuse a rich, smoky barbecue flavor while a 25-by-29 inch SCHOTT glass-ceramic transparent viewing panel allows even novice barbecuers to keep a constant watch on their steaks so as not to char or burn them.
Nextrema™ is an important feature of IR technology that eliminates the risk of drying out a great steak by efficiently transferring IR heat directly to meat with reduced airflow. With Nextrema™, heat of 700 degrees or more allows for that perfect sear. But cooking at such extremes doesn’t come without risk.
Seconds can make the difference between a great steak and a disaster. SCHOTT’s inventive, transparent, heat-resistant glass-ceramic panel allows cooks to keep a constant eye on their meal without opening the grill top.
“Every backyard barbecuer knows that opening the hood crashes the temperature,” said Karen Elder, marketing manager at SCHOTT North America, Inc. “Our glass-ceramic monitoring panel allows any cook to tend to their steak while keeping flavor and juices in the meat, and heat and smoke inside the grill.”
At the same time, a Nextrema™ surface, made from the same easy-to-clean, heat-tolerant SCHOTT glass-ceramic material, protects the IR burners and allowsthe meat to be infused with sweet, smoky flavor.
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Companies: SCHOTT North America