Infrared technology heats up Windsor barbecues

Things are getting a whole lot hotter on the barbecue grill.

John LiCausi of Forest Glade Fireplaces, which also sells barbecues, said infrared technology is the future of outdoor grilling.

Infrared grills still use propane or gas, but they superheat a ceramic tile that emits infrared radiation to cook food more quickly. The intense heat, which can reach 1,400 F, according to LiCausi, sears the outside of the food, keeping more juices inside.

Some companies claim that food cooked using infrared technology is up to 50 per cent juicier.

“It takes a little bit getting used to. You have to be there watching it or it will be burned when you come out. There’s no more going inside for a drink,” LiCausi said. “It makes your meat juicier. But if you’re not a good cook, no barbecue will help your cause.”

An infrared barbecue costs up to $200 more than a comparable propane or gas barbecue. LiCausi said it’s worth it.

“The money you invest in a good barbecue will last you years to come,” he said.

LiCausi said infrared is the biggest trend right now. But other grills are more common, including gas barbecues with charcoal trays that allow for charcoal grill.

He has also found barbecues with built-in fridges.

“That’s excessive for the backyard barbecue,” he said. “But more people are investing in higher quality products. The sky’s the limit. There’s a product for everyone’s budget.”

LiCausi said Windsor is perfect city in which to barbecue.

“Our mild winters and extended summers are nice. If you have a good barbecue you can cook all year round,” said LiCausi, who once sold a barbecue two days before Christmas.

“And they planned to use it right away,” he said.

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