Char-Broil Tru-Infrared Gourmet Grills

Formerly called Red, this model is exclusive to Home Depot and it has a significantly different design than the Commercial line. Below the porcelain coated cast iron grates and above the burners sits a dark non-stick trough that radiates heat to the cooking surface. This makes the entire grill an indirect cooker so there is no ability to cook directly over live fire.

The grates have an ornamental design with openings that allow you to drop wood chips into the trough for smoking. The trough effectively vaporizes drippings and is easy to clean. Again we have two camps. Some complain it takes too long to heat up and the non-stick surface on the trough flakes off causing it to rust and need replacement. Yet Red models were recommended in the 2012 Consumer Reports Buying Guide.

Gourmet grills have hood mounted heat indicators. As always we urge you get an accurate digital thermometer. The double layer hood provides good insulation and heat retention.

Gourmet 2-Burner
24,000 BTU for the main burners
300 square inches primary cooking surface
130 square inches warming rack
Fold down side shelves on a single door cart

Gourmet 3-Burner
35,300 BTU for the main burners
13,000 BTU side burner
500 square inches primary cooking surface
180 square inches warming rack
Double door cart

Gourmet 4-Burner
37,000 BTU for the main burners
13,000 BTU raised lid side burner
580 square inches primary cooking surface
200 square inches warming rack
Three door cart

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