Grill Season is Here.
There is a need for absolutely everyone to grill out during the summer. It just runs in our human nature blood. However, some of us live in apartments rather than homes with backyards. Therefore, we need a solution. And that solution is an electric grill. Here are a few options and comparisons.
First to test was the Weber Q 1400. It was incredibly roomy for all the kabobs and steaks we needed to grill up. 189 inches of room without needing charcoal, just an electrical outlet. This lil gem will save you from having to share a communal grill at the community pool. The Weber Q1400 has infinite heat control settings with just one control knob. Very easy to use and quickly control to fluctuate the heat between veggies and meats. The porcelain enameled cast iron cooking grate was quick to heat and easy to clean. The cast aluminum lid and body plus glass-reinforced nylon frame and handles were reassuring specs that gave the little grill a very sturdy and capable feel. It has a 6ft cord and removable grease pan as well. We tried both steak and chicken along with some kabobs on this grill. The veggies were nicely charred, still a little too al dente on the inside, but we could trouble shoot that easily with timing and heat variations next time. The chicken was perfect. To sear the steaks I set on high, flipped at 7 minutes each side, done and done and perfect. The chicken was on the grill the entire time with the steaks and veggies. Though I turned the heat down to medium and let those cook for 20 minutes all together. The meal was a grand slam. Absolutely loved this electric grill. The Weber Q1400 makes grilling quick, easy, fun, enjoyable and yummy. A+ rating.
Round Two Grill Sess was with the Cuisinart CEG-980T Outdoor Electric Tabletop Grill. The Cuisinart Grill boasts a 145 sq inch platform which is true, but the lid is incredibly shallow. It barely closed over our kabobs. Speaking of veggies, not sure what the issue was but our corn was overcooked and too soft, gushy almost which I didn’t think possible on a grill. The kabobs were also a bit gushy, hardly any char and just not very tasty. The steak was superb. Nice and seared, yet not very charred, juicy and tender on the inside. I was very impressed with the chicken as well. Perfectly cooked and juicy. The Cuisinart CEG-980T is incredibly compact, light weight and great for toting to the campsite, pool or picnic as long as there is an outlet. Very user friendly and lightweight. Still an A rating maybe just without the +.
Lastly the Char Broil Patio Bistro Tru Infared Grill. This baby is big weighing in at 51 lbs is most definitely not a tote around table top grill, which is A-OK as long as it grills up a nice steak on our patio. The cooking surface is huge beating out the competition by a good 50 inches at least. And the top is domed to encompass the bulkiest of vegetables. The single burner infared grill seared both the chicken and steak to a perfect restaurant quality standard. The controls were very easy to use. After letting the veggies cook with the chicken for a few minutes I turned up the heat and got a beautiful (and quick) char. This grill got to 600 degrees quickly. Everything about this grill is impressive. She won the grill competition and decided to make her home on our patio.
The Char Broil Patio Bistro Takes the Cake.