Q: Dr. BBQ,
Do indoor electric grills really work? Is the flavor the same as with an outdoor gas grill?
Walter in Omaha.
A: Hi Walter,
The answer to the first question is yes, they do work but the answer to the second question is no, the flavor is not the same as an outdoor gas grill. There are two types of indoor electric grills. The older style are open grills with an electric element underneath and usually a rotisserie option. I have found that these are generally not hot enough to grill properly but I have had some success using the rotisserie. In general though, they”re not worth the trouble. The newer type named after the boxer is a closed grill with heat from the top and bottom and these seem to work pretty well. You”ll find as you read my words that I think there are a lot of different flavors associated with grilling and BBQ. “Carmelization” is one of those flavors and it does occur in the electric grill but can also be achieved in a frying pan. The “fat in the fire” taste is one that can only be achieved with a live fire and cooking direct. The new electric grills are a good tool but really not a grill.