Spring has sprung, summer is on its way, and cookouts are the main feature. Father’s Day is also just around the corner. Get all the grill facts before you start dropping those atomic hints. You probably aware of how fast the tech world is moving, but have you seen the latest grill gadgets. Technology leaves no man, or woman, behind.
The SmartGrill is now available and it is an innovative grilling machine. It uses direct heat from an infrared Lynx’s patented ProSear2 Trident burner. You have a myriad collection of recipes to choose from through an Android or iOS app. The app retrieves data from a cloud and provides you with grill times, techniques, and even placement on the heat for optimal, for taste bud kicking results.
You can control the actions using voice commands and your virtual prep cook keeps tabs on grill times and temperatures to ensure your meat is seared to perfection. The app also lets you know as soon as your food is ready. MyChef technology and the SmartGrill have an awesome safety feature. Not that you would ever do this, but, perhaps the grill master has a few beers, tells a few stories, and forgets about the grill. The grill automatically shuts down after 30 minutes if it receives no voice commands.
This type of technology, of course, will cost several pretty pennies. The smallest freestanding SmartGrill by Lynx is 30” and about $7,000. The 30” built-in model is around $6000. Most of them give consumers the options of liquid propane or natural gas fueling.
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Traeger Pro Series
The Traeger 2016 offers two different models for your cooking pleasure. They are somewhat more affordable than the techie grill above. The Traeger 34 model is slightly over a grand while the Traeger 22 version is just under. The Pro Series 34 is available in bronze or blue finishes. Both models are marketed as grills or smokers and are pellet powered. You also have the option to bake or raise with either model as well. Just about everything is awesome when you smoke it.
The Pro 34 version and the Pro 22 model are designed with a handy digital thermometer. They stand at the same height being 49” tall. The 22 pellet grill is 41” wide and has a grill cooking grid of about 22”x19”. That provides you with cooking room for 16 burgers. The Pro 34 is 53” wide and offers 34”x19” of grilling grid space. That accommodates around 28 burgers at once. Each model has a pellet hopper capacity of 18 pounds and states that it is potable. That may be debatable since the smaller weighs in at 103 pounds and the larger at 136.
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The Char-Griller Grillin’ Pro 3001 offers you some great features like a warming rack; 438 square inches of actual cooking space; and 3 separate burners made of stainless steel. Each burner has its own control and cooks evenly due to the two smoke stack design.
The Char-Griller Grillin’ Pro warming rack is 192 square inches and its ignition is electric. The output of the main burners is 40,800 BTU and the side burner is 12,000 BTU. The grates are made of cast iron bringing the weight to around 92 pounds. It stands 49 ¼ inches tall. It features a stainless steel thermometer and tool hooks for all of your grilling utensils.
The Huntington 2-Burner grill does a decent job searing burgers and steaks. It is not the best, but it is not even close to the worst. The Huntington 2-burner is designed with thinner metal so it is lightweight. It is fueled by liquid propane and has a push button piezoelectric igniter. The main burner maximum output is 25,000 BTU. The Huntington 2-Burner is a good choice for those who do not want to go all out and break the bank just yet. It is also an American made.
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One simply cannot stop at buying a grill. You will probably want to get the latest, cool tools for your brand new grill. There are some pretty awesome gadgets and tool available. Of course, the cool ones are generally the more expensive gadgets. Everything comes at a price and most times you get what you pay for.
The Digital Meat Thermometer with Instant Read from cookNstuff is the perfect companion for any grill master. You will only need to shell out about $25 to get your hands on one. It is great for indoor cooking and candy making, but it is the outside grillers who truly love it. It features a 5” probe for distance, 10 minute automatic shutdown, and a 7 second instant read. It is water and shatter proof as well as a compact size excellent for pockets. It is made from durable stainless steel and has guaranteed high level accuracy.
Mr. Bar BQ 18 piece grill set can be purchased for about forty bucks, give or take. The utensils are study and made from good old stainless steel. All of the grill tools are packaged in a handy carry case and the handles are designed patented stay cool handles. The set includes:
- 4 in 1 Spatula
- Grill Brush
- Basting Brush
- 4 Large BakeLite Steel Steak Knives
- 8 Corn Cob Holders
- Durable Plastic Carry Case
- 5 Year Guarantee
Mr. Bar BQ has another set geared more for the master griller. It includes 30 separate pieces and runs around $60. These utensils are also manufactured from stainless steel; however, the carry case is made of mirror polished aluminum. The tools feature Mr. Bar BQ’s grips with the patented stay cool design. The set includes a lifetime warranty as well as:
- 4 in 1 Spatula
- Basting Brush
- Grill Brush; 2 Replacement Heads
- 4 Steak Knives
- 6 Skewers
- 12 Corn Cob Holders
- Carrying Case