Char Broil Big Easy Smoker

Today I can very happily announce that my nasty old grill has been put to the curb and I’m now the proud owner of a Char Broil Big Easy Smoker. I haven’t been this excited about grilling and also about blogging in a long time.

Char Broil Big Easy SmokerAre you familiar with the Char Broil Big Easy Smoker? If not then let me introduce it to you. I think the real name of it is the Char Broil The Big Easy Tru Infrared Smoker Roaster Grill. It’s looks like a smoker with that familiar bullet shape but it’s also a grill. There’s a removable circular grill on the top of it. It comes with a roasting/smoker cage that fits inside underneath the grill. I plan on filling that cage up with ribs, brisket, chicken and even a whole turkey.

There’s also a smoker box built into the side of it. Fill the smoker box with wood chips or pellets and you’re smoking. Leave it empty and you’re roasting. It’s easy to use and works great.

steak on the big easy
London Broil, peppers & onions on The Big Easy

That Tru Infrared feature of the Char Broil Big Easy Smoker is what makes it so easy to cook juicy meats. The way it works is that the burner is within a metal wall. So the flame is never near your food. The flame heats up the metal and the hot metal cooks your food with infrared heat. And this keeps the food from drying out. It also prevents flare ups that happen when the fats drip into the flame. These flames are safe behind the metal walls.

My parents have the Big Easy Smoker too. We’ve enjoyed a few Thanksgiving turkey dinners and Easter briskets at their house and that sold me. My mother saw it late one night on the Home Shopping Network and ordered it on it spot. I had a similar experience because I already saw it in person and after I binge watched all of the HSN videos on YouTube, I had to have it too.

I’m not kidding, watch the video I linked to below and you’ll want one too. These HSN hosts are highly skilled salespeople. But come on now. You show someone a bacon wrapped grilled cheese sandwich made on the Char Broil Big Easy Smoker and you’re going to sell a Char Broil Big Easy Smoker. But they don’t stop there. They make a clam bake, brisket, ribs, chickens and even Caesar Salad. This guy just keeps pulling amazing looking meals out of the char broil big easy smokers that he has lined up in the studio. Show me doughnuts on a grill and you’ll get a new customer.

So anyway, my new goal for the summer to is to start blogging about all the awesome things I can make in this smoker roaster grill.

So far I’ve gotten much more use out of the grill features than the smoker and I”ve made burgers, dogs, London Broil, chicken breast, pork chops, grilled vegetables and even a few pizzas.

Smoking meat is an art so I’m taking it slow and not trying to bite off more than I can chew but it was very easy to put a spiral ham in there. There’s ribs and brisket in my future.

Here’s an Amazon link if you’re interested. Enjoy the video!

Char Broil Big Easy on Home Shopping Network

Char Broil Infrared Grill

Char Broil Infrared Grill

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Char Broil Infrared GrillIf you’re in Northern NJ, you’ve probably seen me wandering around Lowes during my lunch break. I’m a professional Lowes browser. Someone on the staff always asks me if I would like some help, and I always say, no thanks, I’m just browsing. But this is actually time well spent. If you scout the store before you need to go shopping, you’ll know where everything is and that helps you get in and out quickly. This is especially useful when its more crowded on the weekends.
So when I was in the market for a new grill, it didn’t take me long to make a decision. I had already spent a lot of time checking out all the grills at Lowes and reading the spec sheets and even doing more research online.  I knew I wanted a Char-Broil Infrared grill.
The exact model that I got was the Char-Broil’s TRU-Infrared Commercial Series. There’s one with three burners but I got the one with four burners. And here’s some of the reasons why I picked this grill.
Here’s what I read on the Char-Broil website:
Almost 60 years after introducing the first charcoal grill, Char-Broil debuted another innovation every bit as monumental: the TRU-Infrared™ cooking system. It delivers even heat across the entire cooking surface (no more hot and cold spots), juicier food, higher temperatures without flare ups, for restaurant-quality results. All Char-Broil Commercial Series grills are equipped with the patented TRU-Infrared cooking system, which is unique to Char-Broil.
So what is this TRU-Infrared cooking system all about? Let me tell you. The way it works is that there’s these grates that sit between the fire and the cooking surface. The flames heat up this special cooking grates and they radiate the heat to the cooking surface. It’s a really smart idea because you get even heat distribution and no flare ups. Don’t worry you still get those awesome grill marks and flavor of cooking over the flames but these extra cooking grate makes BBQing almost fool proof.
Char Broil TRU Infrared Grill Plates Char-Broil Commercial Series Grills Your food also comes out juicier than a normal grill. There’s these little holes in the cooking grates that let less air through. So you’re cooking with radiant heat instead of an open flame which will dry out your food. It’s a pretty cool idea.
Also have you noticed that propane tanks are getting expensive. I have two tanks that I use. One is hooked up to the grill and the other is there for when I have people over and the first tank runs out of fuel. It always happens like that. Never runs out when I’m home alone and toss a couple of hot dogs on the grill for a quick lunch. Nope, the tanks always runs out when there’s hungry guests over. So this TRU-Infrared cooking system uses 30% less fuel. That’s a huge plus in my book. Plus there’s a gauge that measures the fuel level. Awesome!
And I like the idea of having no flare-ups. When I cook sausage I’m used to having to sit over the grill and constantly moving the links around to avoid burning during flare-ups. I don’t have to worry about that anymore. I can even let my son watch the grill if I need to run to kitchen for something.
My old grill never really got all that hot. So I wanted to be able to control the temperature better. When I want to sear meats and lock in the juices, I need high heat. But the Char Broil TRU-Infrared is perfect for searing. I heard that they’re even using infrared grills in high end steak houses now. It’s really the way to go when you want a restaurant quality steak.


That temperature control is also very important. I also like to do low and slow cooking with things like pork. But the most important feature of the Char-Broil TRU-Infrared grill is that it looks great. It’s a nice addition to my backyard.

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