Barbecue season is in full swing across the United States. Each year, new gadgets featuring the latest in barbecuing technology are introduced to help make one of America’s pastimes quicker, easier and more efficient. The industry has come a long way from grilling meat on a grate over a fire to some of the most innovative technologies to-date. To celebrate this progression, the following is a list of five incredible advances in barbecue technology.
Automatic Grill Cleaning Robot
The Automatic Grill Cleaning Robot, also known as the Grillbot, is essentially a Roomba for your barbecue. Nobody enjoys cleaning the charred gunk from the grating on the grill. When there is an undesirable job to do, why not have a robot do it for you? This is where Grillbot takes over. Grillbot boasts three replaceable wire brushes powered by three motors under the hood. The entire device is controlled by a sensors and a CPU chip and the unit completely runs on rechargeable batteries. Also, Grillbot has an integrated timer with alarm so that it can be set to post-grill then run it for as long as necessary. The alarm will alert you when finished or if there is an overheating issue.
A great benefit to this product is that the brushes can pop out and be easily cleaned in your dishwasher. Grillbot is available in four vibrant colors so it can be customized to your taste. When the Grillbot was first launched, the demand was so high, manufacturing had to move to a larger location because capacity quickly reached.
The BBQ TankMeter is a simple Android app that can help you keep grilling by checking the fuel. The app measure the emptiness of the tank through a measurement of sound vibrations. You simply hold your phone around 6-inches from the propane tank and press the measure button on your screen. Then give the middle of the tank a tap with your other hand. The vibration from the tank is read by your phone and the amount remaining spits out onto the screen using colored bars. If you utilize propane on a regular basis and have an Android phone, the BBQ TankMeter is a must-have app that could save you at your next cookout. Running out of propane in the middle of a party can really put a damper on the mood.
Caliber ThermaShell Pro Charcoal Grill/Smoker
This stylish and sexy Kamado-style girl has all the functionality of a regular grill only it is on a diet. The manufacturers of this grill have promised improved heat retention, less charcoal consumption and a decrease in the weight from a common grill. The body of the Caliber is constructed from ceramic insulation and is sandwiched between the inner and outer layers comprised of high nickel 304 Deep Draw Quality stainless steel material. This type of nickel and stainless steel combination assists with weather resistances and the stainless steels makes for an extremely lightweight grill of only around 79-pounds. This is about half as much as the majority of Kamados. When combined, the package equates to efficient heat distribution and retention.
Also, the Caliber Therma-Shell has a flue-way system (patent-pending) that re-engages the head to ensure a maximum efficiency. This is achieved by creating a circular route prior to exiting through the vent in the lid. Considered to be a Jetsons-gadget, the grill is available in raw stainless steel or one of five colors that has a porcelain coating. If you want to class up the experience while enjoying not having to lug several fewer bags of charcoal from your car, then this is the perfect grill for your needs. Depending on the finish, this grill can run you between $1,600 and $1,800.
Lynx Grills SMART30F
Coming in at around $7,000, Lynx Grills SMART30F allows you to bark orders at it like you do with Siri on your smartphone. Boasting a sleek chrome exterior, this futuristic grill has a variety of high-tech features including automatic heat controls, temperature sensors and voice recognition. This allows you to scream, “MAKE ME A STEAK!” from your patio chair and the grill will take care of the rest. Although this may seem like an unnecessary product, most smart items, including phones, televisions and homes, have a voice recognition feature for convenience. Eventually, all grills and most other products will have this type of functionality and the cost will decrease significantly due to high demand.
SCHOTT Concept Grill
This high-tech glass and ceramic grill uses these materials to assist with infrared (IR) grilling. SCHOTT has developed Nextrema glass-ceramic, a hybrid material that has been engineered and designed for the most extreme conditions in aerospace, aviation, medical technologies or cooking a steak at 1292 degrees Fahrenheit. This material hybrid has the ability to be heated up to 950-degrees without warping or buckling and is currently used in commercial grills. The company has decided to take a “SCHOTT” at the consumer market.
As a result, this concept grill uses their patented material over a heat source to create a high-heat, evenly distributed cooking surface. The company also utilized the transparent material for a window that rests in the lid so you do not need to open up the grill while cooking to check on the food. Opening the grill leads to heat loss and uneven cooking. This concept grill is expected to run consumers around $7000.
Barbecue technology has come a long way from cavemen sitting around a fire, heating their food with sticks. There are many gadgets and accessories that can significantly improve the grilling experience for the grill master and the guests who get to enjoy the food when they are done cooking it. The aforementioned five technological advances in the barbecue industry are proof that technology is leading all aspects of the human experience into the future. If you are an avid griller and want to be more efficient behind the tongs, consider one of these products to purchase which will considerably help you next time the kids are hungry and you need something quick or the guests have been waiting on an hour for burger.