Bought this gill at the store and decided to have it delivered and assembled. If ordered online a $99 delivery fee. By buying at store and having it assembled and delivered for only $119. The best idea ever, they called 2 days prior to delivery and the contractors were polite and efficient, they left no mess and the grill was ready for use. I have had grills costing 3 times as much and gotten less than half the value and performance.
2 years ago
We've had this about 3 months now and use it all the time. We've used all...the griddle, charcoal, propane, smoker & searing. There are some things that we would change...if we could...but we can't! The charcoal is what we use most but the most pain in the butt! There is no easy way to get the ashes out. Yes there is a hole for them to fall into but it just doesn't happen like that. The grates have to be taken off with a cotter pin and so basically it's a mess every time and takes time. Our old
... read more grill combo was so much easier. The griddle is awesome...cooking bacon outside is great! But it gets rusty...even with the cover on it. Rain can still get on it and sit there. I've googled some tips...like putting cooking oil on it but that has not worked so far. So we clean it a lot! Overall it is a great buy for $600. We use it a lot but would like to see some improvements in the future on this grill if they continue to make it.
I've had this grill for half a year now. It's good. I don't know about 16 burgers at once though LOL, maybe my burgers are just big. Either way, I use it for meals and gets the job done. I have a propane - huge- event grill that I was using, but this is better for just the family. About lighting the coal, I have no idea what the person in the other review is doing wrong. There is a trick to opening the bottom, you have to kind of lift, then pull to open it. I though it was stuck the first
... read more time, then I figured it out. I've cooked steaks, burgers, roasted chile, etc... The little temperature gauge helps out too.
1 year ago
best low cost pit I've owned
I bought this a couple about a week ago to take a break from my wood smoker, and I read a ton of reviews before deciding on this unit. It is great. It's small, definitely won't fit ten burgers or however many they claim, but that's nothing to complain about in my opinion. The picture shows it to be a smaller pit, and it also tells you the size of cooking space. I use about 1/5 of the amount of charcoal I'm used to, and the fire stays hot and burns longer than most pits. I used the smallest bag
... read more of charcoal I could find for the first light to burn off the factory smells and season it. It stayed about 450 for a few hours. Now as far as controlling temp.... that's going to be accomplished by the size of your fire. best $60 I've spent so far on cooking.
We bought this grill a couple of weeks ago, and are very satisfied with the product. It was delivered when promised, and was easy to put together. We have already used it several times, and enjoy the food cooked on it.
2 months ago
I bought this as a Christmas gift for my husband and he loves it. It is very large and the heating rack is very useful. We did not have any problem keeping it hot, and it never got too hot as some of the other reviewers have mentioned. We love this grill and reccomend it to anyone looking for a large grill at a good price. For the money you can't beat it.
I have the large Blackstone and very well pleased but I seen this smaller one at Academy and was impressed so I purchased. I cooked on it several times and was NOT pleased with the coating on the griddle surface, being experienced in cooking on a different brand and a collector of antique cast iron I am very experienced in seasoning cast or steel. I took the griddle top and had it sand blasted, then seasoned it 3 times with Flax Oil and a final seasoning with Crisbee, now it is as non stick as
... read more Teflon. If you purchase one try to remove this non stick surface that they put on. You will be better satisfied after the fact.
9 months ago
Great griddle for the price!
Just brought his griddle yesterday. Don't think that I will regret this purchase. Already cooked hamburgers, hot dogs, and steaks on it. Breakfast in the morning! Also easy clean up.
Went in to buy burners for my old grill and they had a great price on this Tru grill it cooks great with no flare ups and was easy to clean.
the store team was great at loading it for me.
8 months ago
Love this grill
I am about as far from an expert griller as you can get so its honestly amazing how simple this grill makes it to make an incredible steak. I purchased this Char-Broil Tru-Infrared grill to replace my old gas grill that was at the end of its life. I had never had much luck getting really good flavor out of old gas grill and so I was planning on getting a nice Weber charcoal grill when I ran across these infrared grills.
If you are not familiar with infrared grilling yet then these types of
... read more grills are supposed to offer higher cooking temps, even heat across the grill, juicer food, simpler cleaning, and less flare-ups over conventional gas grills. And in my experience with this grill so far, all of those claims are true. When I first used this grill my wife was amazed at how much better the steaks were compared to the ones I used to make and asked me where I had learned to cook like this all of the sudden. This grill works great for hamburgers, chicken, and hotdogs as well, but I haven't had a chance to grill anything outside of those few things yet just because the steaks are so good that's all we ever want to make on it.
This grill operates differentially than a typical gas grill so there is a little grilling book included to help get you started but you will need to figure some of it out on your own. The way to use this grill is to first preheat at least one of the burners to as high as it will go and then sear the meat for a few minutes on each side before moving it to a lower temperature area to finish cooking. This really locks in the juices and flavor, gives you great looking grill marks, and cooks whatever seasoning you put on your meat into a nice crust. In my opinion a typical gas grill just cannot compare to an infrared grill and how it cooks. You can get as good or better flavor out of a charcoal grill, but this grill is so much quicker and easier to use than a charcoal grill which, for me at least, means I can grill more often.
Cleanup is extremely simple as well. Once done grilling I turn all the burners up as high as they will go, go inside and eat, and then come back when I'm done to run a grill brush over the grates. The high temps of the grates will burn all the excess food left behind to ash and it brushes right off, even messy stuff. I usually pull the grates out after a few grilling sessions and run some water over them just wash out in the between the ridges.
As another reviewer mentioned the only downside of this grill is that assembly was quite a bite more difficult and time consuming that most other grills. Still, I wouldn't let that dissuade you since you only have to put it together once and beyond that it is an extremely easy grill to use and maintain.
I bought a competitors griddle first however returned it because the legs where flimsy and the unit was unstable. Rather than trying another unit, I decided to buy the larger - much larger 50" griddle. I took it to the river to feed 18 people. It work great! if you do a lot of cooking; this is the best thing ever. It has become my new backyard favorite cooking tool. The only thing keeping it form a 5 star is the actual top itself. If you buy a unit, make sure the cook top does not "rock" back
... read more and forth. Its large, heavy and is difficult to keep level from the welding process during fabrication. With that said, my second cook top didn't "rock" but it sags slightly in the middle. fortunately it sags in the middle and to the front so oils and run off from cooking doesn't pool on the cooking surface. I went to a restaurant supply and bought some higher end griddle spatula and a high end cleaning/scraper tool. Clean the top with a squirt bottle of water and paper towels after each use. Finish up with a light coat of Pam or peanut oil after each use and it will season perfectly over time.