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Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Professional 500 IR Review

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Char-Broil TRU-Infrared professional 500

THIS MODEL IS DISCONTINUED.

The 500 IR is a 3-Burner grill in Char-Broil’s Professional line. Available at Tru-Value and other independent retailers the 500 IR has heat indicators above each of the three stainless steel burners just like Char-Broil’s Commercial grills. Professional and Commercial lines also have similar IR cooking grate designs, except Professionals are porcelain coated cast iron, whereas Commercials are stainless steel. The cast iron grates lay directly on top of the radiant surface which consists of thin porcelain coated steel plates. They get very hot and radiate evenly across the surface. The plates have several small holes per square inch allowing combustion gases up and some drippings down, both good for flavor. Most drippings hit the plates and incinerate, adding more BBQ flavor to the meat. On older models, these radiant grate systems often corroded easily and had to be replaced. We have not tested the new Porcelain coated grates.

The 500 IR has battery powered ignition and a 13,000 BTUs flush lid side burner. Lightweight construction consisting of porcelain coated steel lid, black painted cart, double doors, control panel and facias and 430 stainless steel handles, side shelves and towel bar.

  • Model:
    Professional 500 IR
  • Item Price:
    $ 399.00
  • Made in USA:
    no
  • Review Method:
    Looked Closely At It
    We have seen this product up close and we have also gathered info from the manufacturer, owners, and other reliable sources.
  • Primary Function:
    Grill
  • Burner Type:
    Side
  • Fuel:
    Propane Gas, Natural Gas Capable
  • BTU:
    35,000
  • Heat Flux:
    70
    Heat Flux is the BTU per square inch and is a more useful measure of how much heat a grill delivers than BTU alone.
  • Main Burners:
    3
  • Primary Capacity:
    500 square inches
    Mid-Size (about 24 burgers)
  • Secondary Capacity:
    180 square inches

Published On: 11/16/2012 Last Modified: 2/8/2021

  • Max Good, Full time grill tester - Max Good, AmazingRibs.com's Vice President of Product Reviews & Keeper of the Flame, is the man in charge of finding the best products for the AmazingRibs.com Equipment Reviews section. Max bottles his own barbecue sauce recipes and now sells them around the country.

 

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