Broil King Gas Grills

Broil King Signet 20 Gas Grill
August 11, 2016 – 04:13 pm

signet 20 bread testThe Broil King Signet 20 is an entry level grill that packs a lot of value under the hood. We tested this attractive, modestly priced 3-burner and found it gets hot fast and is able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The bad news is, with all burners on low and no water pan, it ran hot at about 490°. Not a big problem because we just did 2-zone set-ups for lower temps and Signet's removable zone dividers between the burners proved an asset. The good news is, cranked up high this baby approached 800° with no sear burner!

Broil King's signature, proprietary Dual Tube Burners are meant to distribute gas uniformly from front to back by employing an inner feed tube that runs through the center of the gas burner, allowing fuel to fill the entire burner tube before being exposed to flame. Although they produce an apparently even flame from front to back, BK's unique Flav-R-Wave heat tents that blanket the upper firebox may be more instrumental in creating even heat distribution.

Our bread test when calibrating Signet, indicated a slightly cooler right side. This pattern did not persist when doing a subsequent test with chicken wings. After cooking extensively on Signet, we believe the heat is indeed even, but no more so than with similar quality grills.

Their Linear Flow control knobs, however, were a step above the competition. With very little play in the valve stems, movement was smooth and solid throughout the 180° arc from low to high, making minute adjustments easy. One battery powered igniter lit up all three burners.

To test Signet's temperature range, particularly the upper register, we did a couple reverse seared steaks. Click Here to learn about Reverse Sear and how to make better than steakhouse steaks. With the zone divider removed between the left and middle burner and the right burner at one third, we nailed 225 on the indirect left side to start the initial low temp cooking phase. When internal meat temp hit 110° we removed the steaks and cranked all burners up full. Within ten minutes we had a screaming hot grill. On high, Signet gets so hot you almost need gloves to touch the front handle. That's OK by us, better too much power than not enough and Signet's three mains performed like an additional sear burner was hidden under the grate!

Because it can get searing hot, we wish Signet had stainless steel rod grates rather than coated cast iron. Cast iron stores heat energy efficiently and will brand meats with brown bands, while stainless rods are more neutral and will allow a delicious even crust to form across the entire meat surface, provided the grill is HOT like Signet. Many other low to medium priced gas grills are underpowered and the only way they get any searing done is with cast iron grates. To learn more about grates Click Here.

Source: amazingribs.com
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Is Broil King or Weber gas grill better?

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