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Ever wonder why the steaks cooked on a home barbecue don’t taste like the ones from a high-end steakhouse? It’s because many steakhouses use high-temperature infrared (IR) grilling technology that can sear meats evenly at 700° or hotter under the careful watch of professional chefs.
That same advantage could be made available to the home barbecuer through the use of glass in grills. SCHOTT has developed a new concept IR barbecue grill, which was unveiled at the recent Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA) Expo.
The concept grill raises the stakes for home barbecuing, showcasing IR technology that sears and cooks the perfect steak at extraordinary heat. The concept uses a SCHOTT Nextrema™ high-performance glass-ceramic grate system to ensure no loss of IR heat, which helps to seal in juices and flavors. An easy-to-clean glass-ceramic panel catches juices that infuse a rich, smoky barbecue flavor, while a 25 x 29-in. SCHOTT glass-ceramic transparent viewing panel allows barbecuers to keep a constant watch on their steaks so as not to char or burn them.
SCHOTT’s heat-tolerant glass-ceramics can evenly dispersing heat; a study commissioned by the company found that this is among the most important features in a grill. In fact, the study showed that 80% of barbecuers want features of IR grilling that reportedly only SCHOTT Nextrema can deliver.
Nextrema is a feature of IR technology that can eliminate the risk of drying out a great steak by efficiently transferring IR heat directly to the meat with reduced airflow. With Nextrema, temperatures of 700° or more allows for that perfect sear. But cooking at such extremes doesn’t come without risk. Seconds can make the difference between a great steak and a disaster.
“Every backyard barbecuer knows that opening the hood crashes the temperature,” said Karen Elder, Marketing manager at SCHOTT North America Inc. “Our glass-ceramic monitoring panel allows any cook to tend to their steak while keeping flavor and juices in the meat, and heat and smoke inside the grill.”
“SCHOTT Nextrema already plays an essential role in infrared grills now available on the commercial market, such as those offered by TEC® Infrared Grills,” said Elder. “SCHOTT’s concept home barbecue combines the advantages of IR and high-performance glass-ceramic materials to inspire the next generation of grills for the benefit of home cooks and chefs everywhere.”
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