Don't tell Hank Hill, but outdoor grills haven't been on the bleeding edge of household tech in quite some time.
Usually, you've got a metal enclosure, a grated cooking surface, and some propane and propane accessories (or some other fuel). Light it up and, a little while later, out comes delicious meat. Simple.
Grills ain't broke, so when manufacturers try to fix 'em, we're always skeptical. Still, Char-Broil's new THIN grill caught our eye. THIN stands for THermal High Intensity, meaning this model is equipped with the company's TRU-Infrared cooking system.
Traditional grills use burners or wood fuel to heat the air, which then cooks your food. Char-Broil infrared grills use a burner to heat an infrared emitter, which supposedly cooks your food more evenly, without damaging the so-called moisture barrier of meat.
According to Char-Broil, that means you'll get juicier, more flavorful steaks:
The THIN grill is also, well... thin. Like, physically. The two-burner cooktop has a much slimmer and more modern design than any other grill we've seen. The stylish enclosure is made of high-grade stainless steel, and comes with electronic temperature gauges and ignition.
The U.S. has been slow to adopt infrared grilling, but the THIN is already available across Europe for around €960. For now, there's no word on when it might hit American shores.