Not all grilling is created equal. So many of our summertime memories include an outdoor barbecue grill party in someone’s backyard. The pool is open, the drinks are cold, and your favorite ribs are smoking on the grill. Many companies are trying to recreate the same authentic barbecue taste by introducing an indoor grill that’s smokeless.
If you’re a tried and true barbecue lover, maybe you’ve wished you could bring the grill inside. These new electric grills let you do that – claiming to “virtually eliminate” the smoke associated with a traditional BBQ grill. But what exactly is a smokeless grill, and in what ways is it better?
- A Smokeless Grill May Be Healthier
An indoor grill is meant to “virtually eliminate” the harmful smoke that may cause problems for people breathing the air around it. Most indoor grills have a built-in fan that extracts any smoke from cooking. The amount of smoke that escapes into the air is greatly reduced.
Some people with asthma, sinus, and breathing problems see their problems worsen from exposure to charcoal, pellet, wood, or gas smoke, making barbecue grilling a health hazard. These types of smoke are often a major trigger for people who have trouble breathing, making already uncomfortable symptoms potentially dangerous. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has reported that charcoal grills create irritants in the air that “can also bring on an asthma episode…[bothering] inflamed, sensitive airways.”
- Regulated Temperature
Getting the cooking temperature correct on your charcoal grill can be tricky. The medium-rare burgers you’re craving can end up grilled well done even if you’re following a barbecue grilling recipe. Or your pork chops are burned on the outside but raw on the inside. Ouch.
Time and temperature charts for meat and poultry can be difficult to follow because not every grill is as powerful as the next. The temperature of a charcoal grill is known to be difficult to control precisely.
Most of the newer smokeless grills heat up to an even, constant temperature across the grill surface. This promotes even cooking without burnt spots or rare centers.
- Faster Meal Prep & Clean-Up
A traditional propane or charcoal grill takes a lot of time and effort. It’s well worth it, but using a smokeless grill cuts out most of the grill prep. With an electric grill, you just plug in the power cord and let it heat up. There’s no heavy charcoal bags or propane tanks.
And if you’ve ever soaked and scrubbed your grill grates, you know how much fun that is. Electric grill surfaces are often made with nonstick coating, and many are dishwasher safe.
- No Dangerous Char
Many grilling gurus tout the flavor of delectable char on their foods. However, scientific research suggests that char may be related to cancer. Fat and juices that drip down onto charcoal create a smoke that contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbonsand the charred exterior of the meat contains heterocyclic amines–carcinogens that may cause cancer.
- You Don’t Need a Backyard
Most of the popular smokeless grills also double as tabletop grills. Some models have a large grill surface, and some have enough cooking space for only one or two people. You no longer need a large kitchen area or even the outdoor space that an open-flame grill requires. Many people find that the best indoor grill for barbecuing is often the one that fits well in the cooking space they have.
The new smokeless grills are electric unlike gas or propane grills and will plug in like any other kitchen appliance. Depending on the size of the grill, you can make it work in a studio apartment or even an RV.
Power Smokeless Grill
The Power Smokeless Grill is one of the newer smoke-free tabletop grills released this year. Some features include:
- Turbo-Speed Smoke Extractor Technology: A built-in smoke-extracting fan claims to reduce virtually all hot, smoky air.
- Grill/Griddle Combo: A flat grill surface is interchangeable with a griddle surface, which is best for eggs, pancakes, grilled paninis, and grilled cheese recipes.
- Nonstick Grilling Surface: The nonstick surface is easy to clean up and helps delicate foods stay together instead of sticking or breaking. Food releases easily.
Included Grill Accessories
- Glass Lid
- Nonstick Grill Plate
- Heating Element with Detachable Power Cord
- Drip Tray
- Collection Pan/Water Tray
- Base with Smoke Extractor
- Grill/Griddle Cookbooks (2)
It can be overwhelming to have the opportunity to use such a versatile indoor grill, so here are three delicious recipes to get your culinary creative juices flowing.
Indoor Grill Recipe Samples
Breakfast on the Grill – Burritos
Many home cooks use an oven to warm the flour tortillas used to wrap their burritos, but if your indoor grill is a griddle/grill combo, everything can be done in one place. These ingredients can be used with any breakfast burrito. Feel free to play with the flavors and come up with the flavor profile that suits your tastes. The beauty of having an indoor grill is that each person at your breakfast table can have the flavors they want because of the quick and easy cleanup between portions.
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp. milk
- salt, to taste
- black pepper, to taste
- 1/4 tsp. olive oil
- 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, spinach, jalapeños, etc.
- 1 tsp. butter
- 1 flour tortilla
- shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterrey Jack, parmesan, etc.)
- Beat the eggs in a bowl.
- Stir in the milk
- Add the salt and black pepper. Mix.
- Heat the Power Smokeless Grill to medium heat with the Griddle Plate in place and add the olive oil.
- Gather your chosen vegetables and grill for 3 minutes.
- Remove and reserve the vegetables.
- Melt the butter on the griddle.
- Scramble the eggs to the desired doneness.
- Remove and reserve the eggs.
- Carefully wipe the griddle down with a paper towel and lay a flour tortilla on the surface to warm through.
- Remove and lay flat on a plate. Top the tortilla with the eggs, vegetables, and your choice of cheese.
- Roll the burrito tightly, cut in half, and serve.
Grilled Chicken Quesadillas for Lunch
- 1 tbsp. red chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1 tsp. cumin powder
- 1 chicken breast
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 6 tortillas
- 2 cups shredded cheese, your choice
- Mix all the seasonings in a bowl.
- Slice the chicken breast in half lengthwise and then down the middle to create two halves.
- Coat the chicken breast generously on both sides with the seasoning mixture.
- Heat the Power Smokeless Grill to medium heat with the Grill Plate in place.
- Grill the chicken breasts for 5 minutes on one side, then flip and grill for an additional 5 minutes.
- Remove and reserve the chicken breasts.
- Add chopped onion to the drippings on the grill. Sauté until soft (approximately 5 minutes).
- Add the bell pepper and sauté for an additional 5 minutes.
- Remove and reserve the onion and pepper.
- Chop the chicken into pieces.
- Lay one tortilla on the griddle and layer the cheese, chicken, vegetables, and a final layer of cheese.
- Cook for 2 minutes or until the bottom is golden brown.
- Carefully flip and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Repeat until all the quesadillas are cooked.
- Slice in the quesadillas in quarters and serve with sour cream or guacamole.
Grilled Steak Recipe – Bone-In Rib Eye for Dinner & Parties
The great thing about steak is that cooking it is a simple process that even beginner cooks can manage and that advanced cooks can play with –in very little time. This is a simple recipe to get a perfectly cooked bone-in ribeye. Serve with a fresh salad or green beans and a pile of creamy homemade mashed potatoes.
- 2 16-oz bone-in rib-eye steaks, 1–1 1/2 inches thick
- kosher salt, to taste
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 4 fresh thyme sprigs
- 4 tbsp. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
- Let each steak come to room temperature.
- Season each steak with the salt and black pepper.
- Preheat the Power Smokeless Grill to medium-high heat with the Grill Plate in place and add the olive oil.
- Place steaks on the grill and cook for 5–7 minutes, depending on thickness and how you want the finished cook to be.
- Turn the steaks over and top each with a clove of chopped garlic, two sprigs of thyme, and 2 tbsp. butter.
- Allow the butter to melt over the steaks, basting as it cooks, for approximately 5–7 more minutes (longer if you prefer medium well or well done).
- Transfer the steaks to a platter and remove the thyme and garlic.
- Cover loosely and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
More indoor grilling recipes can be found on the Power Smokeless Grill website.