There are many types of grills and heating technologies, but perhaps one of the most advanced and mysterious is the infrared grill. Unlike other grills that use a more common heat source, like gas or charcoal, these grills use infrared rays to cook meat and veggies. This technology was originally developed for the auto industry to help dry car paint faster, and it was first used for grilling in the 1960s. While this technology has been around for several decades, it has only recently become popular since the patent expired and now every grill manufacturer can use infrared heating. Is this all smoke and mirrors, or is infrared the way to go?
If there’s only one thing that you understand about infrared grills, then it should be this: these grills are hot. Most grills can reach temperatures around 600 to 700 degrees with some coaxing, but an infrared grill easily reaches temperatures above 1,000 degrees. Not only that, but the heating is very direct.