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You know the drill, the sun comes out, and everybody lights up the barbie and invites everyone round for tasty grilled food in the garden. What could be better? 

Sadly, BBQ’s in England are at the mercy of Mother Nature, so it’s not often we get to enjoy the experience. Last year, it was both the wettest and hottest on record. In fact, during the previous eleven years, according to the Met Office, we have had the wettest:

  • February
  • April
  • June
  • November
  • December

On record.

Last year, February was the wettest month of the year. Compare that to the sunniest spring (March to May) recorded in 100 years. But alas, lockdown prevented us all from lighting up our outdoor BBQ’s then, too, at least not with other people.

How do you BBQ indoors?

It’s the unpredictable weather, a love of all things BBQ and determination that has led many Brits to invest in an indoor grill as a great backup should the clouds rear their ugly heads come barbecue day.

You simply plug in and switch on your device and get cooking. With the right model, you’ll be able to cook burgers and vegetables and still get those tasty char marks we all love so much.

The best part is that any excess grease and fat is collected in an easy-to-clean tray, so you won’t have to spend so much time cleaning up afterwards. 

Do smokeless grills actually work?

While they won’t be 100% smokeless, you won’t be struggling to breathe, as can be the case if you’re downwind of the barbie. Burning oils and fats create smoke, and in a smokeless indoor grill, these oils and fats are directed to a drip tray. Less hot oil and fat means less smoke. And the food cooked still tastes absolutely delicious.

Are indoor grills messy?

Let’s face it, the least favourite part of barbecuing is the cleaning up. Scraping residual fat, oil and charred meats from the grill, disposing of the burnt coal and cleaning the BBQ base – it’s not fun. 

With indoor grilling, you simply clean the griddle and lid, whip out the tray holding the excess fat and oil, give that a clean and voila! Clean! No fuss and very little elbow grease. 

Are smokeless grills healthy?

We love BBQs, but indoor grills are considered to be a healthy alternative. The health advantages of indoor grilling are:

  • More nutrient retention – The extreme heat from shallow or deep-fat frying and cooking food in liquids removes nutrients. Grilling, whether outdoors or indoors, can help retain those nutrients.
  • No carcinogens – Cooking over charcoal introduces nasty carcinogens into your burgers, sausages and veggies, not the flavour you were really going for.
  • Additional options – There are tons of healthier alternatives that you can make on your indoor grill too. Why not try grilling some seafood at your next BBQ? And tasty grilled vegetables like aubergine, courgettes, peppers, mushrooms, onions and tomatoes.

While we won’t be boycotting BBQs entirely, we’ll be enjoying a lot more grilled foods, even if it’s raining.

What can be cooked on an indoor grill? 

Tons of stuff! Check out our recipes here that can be cooked with the kitchen equipment available at Innoteck. But some other foods that can be cooked on an indoor grill include:

  • Fillets of fish
  • Pork chops
  • Sausages
  • Steaks
  • Vegetables like squash, carrots and asparagus
  • Burgers

If you have any other questions about our indoor grills, we’d love to talk to you. If we’ve convinced you, we look forward to hearing about your indoor smokeless grilling experiences.