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Old 06-05-09, 10:32 AM   #1
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Gas Grills and steak

Generally, I'm lump charcoal guy (i.e., not brickettes).

But now I'm thinking about getting a gas grill for the deck.

My main concern is: will it get hot enough to properly sear steaks?

Any recommendations?

(I'm looking at the Weber 4 or 6 burner grills, but haven't seen one in actual use.)
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Old 06-05-09, 10:40 AM   #2
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my dad grilled exclusively on gas, and overcooked everything (preference, not a grill issue)
so yeah, I'd say its hot enough.
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Old 06-05-09, 10:41 AM   #3
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IME, no.
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Get an infrared grill, you won't regret it.

this is a portable one

http://www.cooking.com/products/shpr...ROOGLEBC698721
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If you're wanting to do a true sear, then look for one with an infrared "burner" (everyone calls them different things, but they're for searing).

You can't really go wrong with any of the big names. I personally have grown to love Aussie Grills (hadn't heard of them til a few years back.) $.02
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They are convenient but it will never be the same. I went and got one of those fancy ones but I still prefer the taste of using good ol fashioned coal.
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If you get one with enough BTU's it'll be hot enough.

Another consideration is the grilling surface. I am partial to ceramics - easy to clean and high thermal mass.
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I have a Weber Spirit that for me was the right combination of price and quality. I really like the grates for searing, and the droppings really smoke well and season the inside of the grill to produce a great smokey flavor. I never thought I would say that about a gas grill. I like it so much that I rarely mess with getting out the charcoal any more.
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Charcoal is the ONLY way to properly grill.
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Charcoal is the ONLY way to properly grill.
obviously

but when I get home at 6:45 and want a burger or a steak, sometimes I don't want to wait 10 minutes for the chimney to get the coals going.

i'll settle for a decrease in quality in exchange for promptness.
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but when I get home at 6:45 and want a burger or a steak, sometimes I don't want to wait 10 minutes for the chimney to get the coals going.

i'll settle for a decrease in quality in exchange for promptness.
I have an indoor grilling pan I use for times like that. The flavor pales in comparison to a good charcoal grilled steak or burger.
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Charcoal is the ONLY way to properly grill.
I feel you Modo - I get the lump charcoal so hot it melts the hair on my hands when I flip stuff.

But I need something that's a little safer on the wood deck and which my beloved wife will allow me to have in viewing distance of the guests. (My locomotive shaped slow cooker, which doubles as a marvelous grill, is banished to the side of the house.)
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What the hell is that? I love it!

But I can assure you that that doesn't pass the wifely aesthetic test.
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I feel you Modo - I get the lump charcoal so hot it melts the hair on my hands when I flip stuff.

But I need something that's a little safer on the wood deck and which my beloved wife will allow me to have in viewing distance of the guests. (My locomotive shaped slow cooker, which doubles as a marvelous grill, is banished to the side of the house.)
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Putting aside the bike threads, this is probably the most important topic on all of BF.

Keep it coming.

(Okay, the pie threads are important too.)
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Hows about a BBQ pit in the yard rather than a grill on the deck?
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I have an indoor grilling pan I use for times like that. The flavor pales in comparison to a good charcoal grilled steak or burger.
OK, seriously. You can't be a grill snob and call cooking in a pan grilling

Honestly, would you rather have a pan fried steak or burger than one cooked on a gas grill in the same amount of time?
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Generally, I'm lump charcoal guy (i.e., not brickettes).

But now I'm thinking about getting a gas grill for the deck.

My main concern is: will it get hot enough to properly sear steaks?

Any recommendations?

(I'm looking at the Weber 4 or 6 burner grills, but haven't seen one in actual use.)
Articles on Gas vs Charcoal grilling

http://www.amazingribs.com/BBQ_buyer...as_grills.html

http://www.chow.com/stories/11087

I like cooking with charcoal.

If you want gas you might want to consider NATURAL GAS so you dont have lug around those expensive LP tanks that seem to allways be empty at the wrong time.
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What the hell is that? I love it!

But I can assure you that that doesn't pass the wifely aesthetic test.
It's a dual fuel BBQ. Gas one side, charcoal on the other.

I got it at Lowe's, I have seen it at Target. Costs around $300....
Chargriller Duo is the model...

I do keep it covered.
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OK, seriously. You can't be a grill snob and call cooking in a pan grilling

Honestly, would you rather have a pan fried steak or burger than one cooked on a gas grill in the same amount of time?
Mine's not exactly like this, but very close.
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Hows about a BBQ pit in the yard rather than a grill on the deck?
oooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh nice! you wanna come up to NC and build me one of those?
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No way. Anthracite coal from the Northeastern Pennsylvania coal region, FTW!
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No way. Anthracite coal from the Northeastern Pennsylvania coal region, FTW!
No sir....Hickory Charcoal, nothing makes a better grilling/bbq/smoke.
Second best would be mesquite.
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