Electric grill cooking is fast becoming extremely popular around the world, and outdoor cooking has come a long way since our ancestors gathered around the campfire to cook their food.
Create a festive atmosphere
People love a good barbecue where they can enjoy the company of family and friends while cooking outdoors. As soon as spring hits, we love nothing more than firing up our stainless steel electric grill and look forward to a summer of healthy cooked food. Grab a beer or make your guests a coffee with an espresso machine, pull up a deck chair, and kick back, enjoying the festive atmosphere.
Whether it’s the open air cooking or the open air eating, food cooked on a grill somehow seems to taste better.
How electric grills work
Electric grills typically feature a heating element either embedded within the cooking surface or directly below it. The fat that runs out of the meat is collected in a drip pan, containing the mess.
Electric grills are usually portable, and small enough for tables or a countertop. Unlike charcoal or gas grills, you can use an electric grill indoors.
Infrared grills use special ceramic plate burners that radiate infrared heat. These types of grills are catching gaining traction in the premium end of the market. These are different from old-fashioned electric grills which use metal to heat the food.
Electric grills produce more heat than old-fashioned charcoal or gas-fired metal grills and they tend to cook food more evenly.
Advantages of electric grills
There are many benefits to outdoor electric grills over gas and charcoal burners. Old-fashioned barbeques or grills can take a long time to heat, but most electric grills are super fast and will heat up in minutes.
Most electric grills are washable and easy enough to clean. Old-style charcoal burning grills produce by-products such as smoke and ash. These can make the whole operation dirty from cooking through to cleaning up unfriendly. You won’t find this a problem with an electric grill.
Preparing a new electric grill
When you first buy your electric grill, it’s important to ‘cure’ it with oil across its surface to help create the perfect non-stick surface.
To cure your electric grill, take a clean cloth, moisten it with cooking oil and rub it on the top side of the searing plates and over the grills. Too easy!
Keeping your electric grill clean
For most models, all you need to do is remove the drip tray, dispose of the runoff, remove the grill plates and place them and the drip tray in the dishwasher.