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BBQ How To: Infrared Side Burners
Infrared sounds cool. It sounds like something you need to have if you're into the grilling game. It sounds like it's going to be life-changing and to be honest it works even better than it sounds.These are facts, people.
Before we do the bare minimum to sell you on infrared grills and side burners, because it speaks for itself really...
Let's start with what infrared is and how it works:
Infrared is using radiation to cook food, meaning the heat is direct and concentrated, like a lazer beam. It also travels at the speed of light, meaning it is very efficient when heating food evenly. It's basically all the cool things you see in action-packed movies about space.
Think of fire coming up from the coals, although you are using electromagnetic waves of heat, you're not actually at any health risk. On a gas grill's infrared side burner the gas chamber is covered with a radiant panel, typically this panel is perforated ceramic tile that is then covered with steel mesh.
Let's move onto why you would consider a side burner on your grill:
Well the obvious comes to mind here: feeding a crowd!
Use a side burner for a quick sauce-fix, to char a little bit of edge of your veggies or quick fried foods. It can potentially do the same work as a conventional stove top, but it is best for searing steaks. Throw a pot or frying pan on top and power through your side dishes. It also comes in handy when boiling water, or cooking something that needs the lid to stay up.
An infrared side burner can do all this and cook meats in record time.
Infrared side burners do not only use radiation in their cooking process but conduction is also present from heating the metal cooking grids and transferring this from metal to food. It is prime efficiency.
Now lets get into why you NEED an INFRARED side burner:
Now if you are thinking big time, like 3 side dishes before the main is ready, then you've come to the right place.The dividing panel also allows for even heat, thanks to the tiny holes and grooves that the gas is forced through. Unlike other side burners, you won't have to sit around waiting for your food to heat.
Basically, with an infrared side burner you're getting all the conventional ease and beauty of a gas grill or stove-top, but with the added time-saving and undeniably fast high-temperature capabilities.
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