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The new SmokeFire Sear+ continues to improve upon the many impressive features of Weber’s innovative, one-of-a-kind pellet grill design, the most striking of which is the high temp searing performance that smokes other pellet “grills.” Sear+ will not be available until sometime this spring, but we were treated to a sneak peek at Weber’s test kitchen.
It comes in two sizes: the mid-size ELX4 (771 square inches of capacity across upper and lower racks – MSRP $1,399) and large ELX6 (1.156 square inches total cooking capacity – MSRP $$1,599). Both sizes have left and right side shelves and a large, fold-out warming rack (seen in the photo) to extend capacity.
Sear+ will be compatible with the Weber Crafted Outdoor Kitchen Collection. The Crafted Collection consists of a variety of optional accessories, such as a griddle and WOK, that fit into a special frame that replaces the standard cooking grate. This photo shows a Crafted Dutch Oven on the Genesis EPX-335 Smart Gas Grill.
When using the Crafted system you can store the unused, standard cooking grate by hanging it on hooks under the right side shelf.
Weber throws in their Crafted Dual-Sided Sear Grate as a package deal with this model. You won’t get this kind of high heat sizzle from other pellet grills.
An interior light is useful when cooking after dark. Of course, Sear+ will use Weber Connect which controls and monitors your cooking from a control panel on the right side of the grill or an app on your smart phone. Additionally, the ap features a library of guided recipes.
We’ll test Sear+ and publish our full, detailed review soon. Stay tuned.
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Weber-Stephen is one of the oldest and most respected manufacturers of BBQ equipment and related accessories in the world. Weber grills and smokers cook beautifully and have great features that are clever, effective and easy to use. As popularity and demand for BBQ gear grows worldwide, Weber continues to earn their long standing reputation for quality, durability and outstanding customer service and support, (7 days a week from 7am to 8pm CST), in an increasingly competitive environment. Even in this crowded marketplace, many consumers are still willing to pay more for the Weber name and they are rarely disappointed. They make a variety of cookers and smokers. Their iconic black charcoal kettles are known throughout the world. Indeed Weber is expanding globally.
Weber-Stephen was family owned since it was founded in 1952 by George Stephen. At the end of 2010 the Stephen family sold a majority stake to Chicago investment group BDT Capital Partners. In 2012, Weber settled a class action suit out of court regarding their use of the phrase, “Made in USA”. Weber previously qualified the “Made in USA” statement by specifying their products are assembled in the USA with some components that are sourced globally. Here is an excerpt from Weber’s statement “Weber believes that because all Weber grills and the disputed accessories are designed and engineered in the USA, and all grills save for one line [Spirit]* are manufactured and assembled in the USA using component parts primarily made in the USA, it did nothing wrong and therefore has valid defenses to plaintiff’s claims. The court has not held a trial or ruled in favor of either party on any disputed issues. Weber and the plaintiff have agreed to settle the matter to avoid the costs of continued litigation.” As a result of this suit, Weber can no longer claim to be made in America.
Since then Weber, like many others, has outsourced manufacturing of more product lines. Things change, but we believe Weber’s commitment to quality and innovation has not.
The biggest barrier for many folks is price. Webers are not cheap, but when you consider that they last decades, the price is easy to justify. Many some cheap grills fall apart after three years or so.
Our main complaint: All Webers have the obligatory bi-metal dial thermometer in the hood that gives you a ballpark reading of what the temperature is high above the meat. Since we cook on the grates, though, it’s always better to bring your own digital thermometer and place a probe there. It appears this is beginning to change as Weber enters a new era of digital technology and software based products.
Published On: 1/18/2023 Last Modified: 1/20/2023
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