Man oh man, where do I start with this grill. Have you ever wished for something hard and got it all in one fell swoop? Well my infatuation is a little bit crazy but not all of us are perfect! Last summer, my grill just kind of stopped working. It was weird because first the ignition button wouldn’t work, then the lid got a small crack in it and then while playing football, my kids hit it pretty hard accidentally. From there onwards, there were dozens of Sundays that went grill-less. Although the old grill was no beauty, it did the work. Passed on to me by my father, (yeah, that’s a thing in my family) I had the grill for about three years . . . three great years. I knew it that it was time to start saving for a bigger and better grill.
After six months of saving, I began my research. I found several prestigious grill brands but none were what I was looking for. Nevertheless, I noted down the ones that were good enough and continued my search. On the third day, clicking through various websites, I found what I was looking for. It was the “ONE”. I knew it because it had everything I hoped a modern grill would come with and then some. It was . . . phenomenal. Though, the price was a bit high and I was hoping to save a small amount from the cash, it was worth spending every dollar on because the grill offered some unique features. So, here it is – The Broil King Signet 90 Natural Gas Grill with Side Burner and Rear Rotisserie. Just a few years back, Broil King re-designed its Signet series and introduced the Signet 90. This grill is the crème de la crème of grills. It has such unique features that even a person who has never grilled before, would like to get his hands on it just for a try.
Granted, Broil King is a little older than other equally prestigious grill brands but it offers quality fit for a king. My dad was a little skeptical about why I would buy such a big grill when I have four members in my family including me but when I saw this baby on the internet, I desperately wanted to have it. I have heard a lot from grill lovers that looks can be deceiving but Broil King delivered nothing but the best to me. At first glance, you might feel like that the grill is really ‘huge’ but I believe it is just the perfect size. Since I love grilling, I loved every part of this grill even the grease management system. Though it’s a long drawn out process but I will explain it step by step at the end, so that you can get an idea how to clean the grill.
So, let’s move on to its basic and best features because this grill is built on a different level than any other grill that you might have owned.
This grill has so many features that it made me a little giddy using them all. Trust me, I used them all and together. It was like being Gordon Ramsay and cooking your way through Master Chef. It’s an experience that you will want again and again. I am thinking that I might have to make Saturdays grill nights too. I announced this to my wife and she was more than happy to let me take the weekends.
One of the things that I am really bad at is cleaning. Naturally, one thing had to be a thorn in my side and that’s the cleaning process. It takes a lot of time but since I have a strict ‘weekend grilling’ rule, I usually carve out an hour to do the clean up. The Broil King Signet 90 Natural Gas Grill with Side Burner and Rear Rotisserie has been carefully constructed with great detail in mind. There is a designated place for everything. If you are a messy cook, then this grill is your saving grace. I have never been this organized in my life because everything was within reach. My wife was so impressed with the grill that she even offered to help with the cleanup . . . well the first time only.
Moving on to the grill’s components, it has the basic three stainless steel burners, a sear station, cast iron cooking grates, porcelain coated warming rack, a thermometer, cast-aluminium cook box, flavorizer bars, side tables and steel cabinet with stainless steel doors.
I haven’t yet mentioned the unique features of these components and an additional feature that will blow your mind away. The thing about this grill is that it has got all the basic features that you might find in other grills but the difference is in the quality. The grill’s superior quality offers you a lifetime of warranty if you keep up with the maintenance.
Alright, let’s move on to the basic features:
The beauty of this grill is that even the basic features are unique on their own. Every component of this grill adds value to the grill’s quality. So, let’s start with the basic features that I found the most appealing:
Therma-Cast™ Aluminium Cook Box
Most of the grills I checked either had a stainless steel or painted steel box. The Broil King Signet 90 Natural Gas Grill with Side Burner and Rear Rotisserie has neither. Made from cast-aluminium, the cook box weighs less than any other material. The plus point of this material is that it is cheaper than steal and offers various benefits.
Since aluminium has a low melting point, it makes a great material for a cook box. It is resistant to corrosion, can withstand high temperatures, has excellent thermal conductivity, is odourless and is extremely durable. Not to mention, it’s easy on the eyes. If it was up to me, I would park it as a decoration piece in the kitchen.
The grill is built with the intent of providing maximum space and easy storage. The Signet 90 model is available in propane as well as natural gas. I bought the natural gas one because on some days, I like to grill in the kitchen. A hard feat because rolling the grill into the kitchen takes a lot of strength (guess I am getting old) but the casters take most of the brunt.
The cook box has a stainless steel insert that retains heat quite well. For a relaxed evening, you can turn down the heat and let the steak cook on a timer. The lid gives you the benefit of cooking outdoors even if there’s a slight chill. As for measuring the temperature, there’s a Deluxe Accu-Temp™ thermometer imbedded in the hood that gives accurate readings. You never have to worry about your burgers or short ribs burning because the thermometer will always match the temperature set on the valves.
Sure-Lite™ Electronic Dual-Electrode Ignition System
Next in line is the ignition system. Nothing fancy here but the feature that lights up with a single push of this button is. During my search, I read a review that talked about how the ignition system failed after a few months. Now I don’t know what might have been the problem but I can tell you this – When you are pressing the ignition button, make sure your hands are not greasy and every now and then, check the batteries.
Linear-Flow™ Valves with 180° Sensi-Touch™ Control
The burner valves are made of stainless steel, so no compromise there on quality. The material does make grilling easy because I might have
touched it two or three times in haste with greasy hands. Luckily, I was able to wipe it off easily with a clock. There are 5 burner valves: Three main, one for sear station and one mystery valve that i will explain latter. The valves have infinite control settings with a sensi-touch. They can be turned to full 180°, which makes setting the right temperature quite easy.
Rigid Steel Cabinet with Stainless Steel Doors – Side Sear Station
There are two side tables with a rack and hooks. You have a lot of space to keep everything within reach. The Surprise: The left side table can be turned into cooking station. Just lift the upper surface and there you have it, a station with 10,000 BTU for cooking sauces, soups and side dishes. I went all out with the sauces in the below rack and serving plates and uncooked meat on the station. I was hoping that if I get everything in one place, I wouldn’t have to run back to the kitchen to get something I forget. The side tables can be folded down for easy storage.
The steel cabinet has a place for keeping the natural gas tank. The connection from the burners to the tank is through the back, so you don’t have to worry about safety.
Stainless Steel Flav-R-Wave™ Cooking System
The Flav-R-Wave™, also known as flavorizer bars are the stainless steel bars that catch drippings from the food. Don’t get this mixed up with the grease management. The bars play a far better role in helping you cook the most delicious steak of all times. Located beneath the cooking grid and a safe distance away from the burner tubes to prevent flare-ups, the flavorizer bars vaporize the drippings and circulate them back to the food. This prevents the food from losing its taste and seasoning. I can attest to this because the old grill couldn’t hold a candle to this one. There was a big difference in the taste of the meat.
Heavy-Duty Cast Iron Cooking Grids
The primary cooking space is 400 square inches. There’s a porcelain coated warming rack above the grids that occupies 235 square inches. So, the reason why these porcelain coated grids are one of the best features is because Broil King has included two types of cooking grids in this grill. Apart from locking the flavour in the food, the grids offer you two options – You can either cook a perfect steak with beautiful sear marks on the pointed side of the grid or a juicy piece of beef patty on the other side of the grid with grooves. The second option allows you to collect all the juices and sauces for continuous basting.
Three Stainless Steel Dual-Tube™ Burners
These stainless steel tube burners are quite different from any burners that I have seen. This was the thing that sold me on this grill because it offers the maximum BTU a person could hope for. There are three main burners with a total BTU of 40,000. What’s amazing about these burners is that they offer twice the heat, even at a low temperature. Patented by Broil King, the tube-in-tube feature offers steady heat and a hot cooking surface in a small amount of time. Each burner has two flames, which makes grilling all the more fast.
Premium Rotisserie Kit Included
And now we come to the mystery feature. The Broil King Signet 90 Natural Gas Grill with Side Burner and Rear Rotisserie is truly a party grill because you can cook anything on it. The rear rotisserie burner offers 15,000 BTU. The rotisserie is located in the lid and can cook at least two whole chickens. The indirect heat from the cooking grid keeps the chicken warm if you have turned off the burner.
The rear rotisserie is an add-on feature that can be removed at will. So, if you are planning to grill on the grids make sure you remove the rotisserie or there will be one more part to clean.
The components that manage grease are a bit small and need to be checked regularly, so that they don’t offer flow. There’s a tray that can be accessed from the right side of the Broil King Signet 90 Natural Gas Grill with Side Burner and Rear Rotisserie. Underneath the tray, there’s a catch pan attached, which collects all the grease. I believe the catch pan is disposable but so far, I have been re-washing it.
So, here’s the grease management process that you need to follow before and after grilling.
The cast iron grids are coated with a matte porcelain finish. It is necessary to season and re-season cast iron cooking grates, as the oil will help protect the porcelain coating, prevent food from sticking and prevent them from rusting.
Before you cook for the first time, you need to pre-heat the grill for ten minutes on high. This will burn off any residue from the manufacturing process. Now, turn off your grill. When the cooking grids have cooled, you can start seasoning.
A solid unsalted vegetable shortening is recommended for the initial seasoning. Apply a thin coat of it all over the cast iron grids and then rub it in with a paper towel. You can also melt the shortening and apply it with a silicone basting brush. I took the latter approach because it’s less messy.
In case you do not have vegetable shortening, you can season the grids with grape seed or olive oil. Broil King also offers a “Broil Mister”, which is basically a spray that makes seasoning quite easy. I am thinking about buying this mister because it will save me a lot of time during cleanup. The cooking grids are two sided, so apply a generous amount of coating on both sides. Make sure to cover the corners too or the food might stick to it during grilling.
Note: Do not use unsalted fats such as margarine or butter. Non-stick cooking sprays are also less effective because they burn off at low heat.
Now that you are done applying the oil, pre-heat the grill again for ten minutes on high. Next, turn the valves to medium heat and allow the grill to heat for thirty minutes with the lid closed. The oil becomes baked-on and creates a non-stick protective layer. Now, turn off the valves and allow them to cool. Your cast iron grids are now ready to use.
Once you are done cooking, let the grid cool. Pre-heat the grill for ten minutes on high. This will burn off any food residue on the grids. Turn off the valves and remove any remaining debris with a stainless steel grill brush and re-season the grid.
The grill has a premium powder-coat black epoxy paint finish, which allows it to withstand high temperature. Along with offering rust resistant zinc coated steel components; Broil King has given each part a separate warranty. The company believes in rewarding quality and therefore, cast-aluminium components have a lifetime warranty, the Dual-Tube™ burners have 10 years of warranty and all the remaining parts have 2 years of warranty.
So, there you go . . . that was my experience with the Broil King Signet 90 Natural Gas Grill with Side Burner and Rear Rotisserie. It’s only been two weeks since I bought this grill and I am enjoying the heck out of it. Compared to other grills, you might find this a little expensive but if you are planning to make a onetime investment that will benefit you for at least 20 years, then this is the best grill to buy.