New Grill, First Meal?
Q: For my birthday (not till the 29th) Bob bought me an outdoor, infrared gas grill -- The Char-Broil commercial grade Quantum. It's being delivered tomorrow. I brought home the manual so I could read up on it before it gets here. It will already be fully assembled (big yay!) There are a couple of recipes by Chef Marvin Woods in the back of the manual that look tasty. One is for Jamaican Jerk Pork Tenderloins and the other for a chicken breast salad. But maybe I should choose some sort of easy "getting to know you" recipe like burgers or dogs. Anybody have experience with the infrared grills and if so what tips and tricks do you offer? I suppose I should migrate to a more appropriate group for grilling, but I thought I would hit you guys up for tips first. I'm pretty damned good with charcoal and regular gas grilling, but this is a whole other animal -- though the manual says that temperature and time it's closer to charcoal. It sure is a purty thang .... http://www.charbroil.com/Consumer/ProductSeriesPromo.aspx?ProductSeri...
A: My vote is for "Jamaican Jerk Pork Tenderloins". Pork tenderloins are very easy to grill, so they are a good starter meal, and beyond that Jerk pork (or chicken or fish or beef, etc,) is very good. I don't know what that recipe looks like, but personally I always use Walkerswood paste type Jerk rub (http://www.walkerswood.com). To further my other reply, burgers would be good as well, as long as you grind the meat fresh (from a large cut) and get it on the grill within a few minutes. With a fresh ground oxidation and contamination free burger and an IR grill you can really sear the outside well while leaving the interior nice and rare for about the best burger you can get (also works with really hot charcoal @ 1,200 degrees). Like all new cooking appliances, I imagine it will out-gas various chemicals from painted/enamelled surfaces for the first few times you use it. Therefore, I'd recommend something cheap and expendable for the first few uses to break it in, like sausages, potatoes, etc.
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