Flare-ups Have Been Eliminated–The unique, patented design of SABER grill’s cooking grate and IR emitter prevents flare-ups that char meat and create dramatic temperature fluctuations.
The last time I wrote a review about an infrared grill I ended up feeling the need to take a few of the nice things I wrote back after a several months of use. I promised, myself, that I wouldn’t make the same mistake again. I would not write a review before I made sure I had completely taken the grill through a complete test.
I also decided I would test some of the “claims” the manufacturer made in their literature and on their website. The biggest claim, as far as cooking is concerned, is right up at the top of this post. “Prevents flare-ups” and “temperature fluctuations” are two huge claims. I wanted to know if they were just “marketing department” speak or fact. The last time I tested an IR grill that made the “prevents flare-ups” I discovered it wasn’t all that true, when the grill caught on fire, so it was important to me that flare-ups didn’t happen.
The plan was to cook some of the fattiest food items I could get. I’ve grilled bacon, pork belly, chicken with the skin off and an untrimmed and nice piece of brisket with the fat cap still on. I was amazed I didn’t get one flare-up. True to the claims by Saber the fat vaporized as it hit the diffuser underneath the grates. It smoked, sometimes it smoked a lot, but no flare-ups. It is fantastic.
In the picture to the left you can see the design and how it works. The grates sit on top of the diffuser. This keeps the drippings off the burners. It works as promised. The design also channels airflow away from the food being grilled. This helps to keep, whatever you’re grilling, from drying out. The claim “mistakes like overcooking or charring a piece of meat will be a thing of the past” is just too much for me to believe. This one is just the marketing department speaking here. Nothing will keep you from overcooking a piece of meat. I was going to test this but decided wasting a piece of meat wasn’t worth it.
One of the most useless features on most gas grills is the thermometer in the lid of the grill. I’ve always wondered why the manufacturers want to tell a backyard grillmaster what the temperature is in the top of the lid, it makes no sense at all. Why aren’t the thermometers at grate level where they are actually of some use? I was actually happy to see grate level thermometers on the Saber.
But, do the thermometers actually work? That’s the question I wanted to answer. I started the grill, set the three zones to “low” heat and walked away for 3 minutes. When I came back I took the pictures above of each of the three thermometers. All three of them read 250 degrees. I was impressed. The temperature eventually went up to almost 400 degrees but the three thermometers were in sync the entire way. The next step was to test how close to the actual temperature they were. Using a wireless thermometer I found the Saber thermometers to be within 15 degrees of the actual temperature. Pretty good in my book.
Using some canned biscuits I next tested the grill for variations in grate temperature. The thermometers at the front of the grate showed uniformity but what about between the front and back of the grates. I used a BBQ smoker trick to look for any variations. I placed canned biscuits on the grates and closed the lid for 4 minutes. You can see that the biscuits are the same height. If there were differences in temperature the biscuits would be different sizes. So, we’ve got temperatures that are the same over the entire grill surface.
The illustration to the right shows some of the best features of the Saber Grill. From the 304 Commercial Grade stainless steel to the no-flex lid the Saber is designed and built to be a cooking machine. It really does cook well. I’ve enjoyed using it every time.
There are a couple of features that I’m not that impressed with. As great an idea as the drawer is under the burners to catch any drippings that get past the diffuser, it’s hard to clean and even harder to get back into place. Fortunately very little grease reaches the drawer because it does leak a little if you’re not careful.
And the placement of the propane tank retaining screw is a pain to get to. I don’t like having to pull my grill away from the wall, where it sits, to replace the propane tank. I’ll probably just not use the retaining screw since I rarely roll the grill around.
Neither of these are big enough “issues” to deter anyone from purchasing a Saber Grill. The good and great features of the grill far outweigh these minor problems.
Here are a few photographs of the food cooked on the Saber Grill:
The Saber Grill is a great addition to my backyard cooking arsenal. I have already recommended the purchase of a Saber Grill to no fewer than half a dozen people. And I’m recommending it to my readers. If you’re looking for a really good gas grill you need to take a serious look at the Saber.