Call all alphas and omegas for an interesting conversation, because we are about to talk ‘grills’. Yes, the only cooking tool in our life that we can master within minutes! There’s just something peaceful about wearing a manly apron and flipping burgers on the grill. There’s a small margin for error and whatever we make, we happily eat it. Ok, maybe the wife isn’t exactly happy if something comes out less than medium rare but what the heck, we cooked it!
It’s not every day that we volunteer to cook but when we do volunteer to grill, you know the meal is going to be epic because we said so. I always admired my neighbor for the parties he held in his backyard. He would always invite me for a beer, while we talked about college tuition and other things. Well . . . he talked and I mostly admired his grilling techniques. It was a sweet piece with three burners and an easy grease management system, which he said was quite easy to maintain. It was at one of these parties that I finally decided I wanted a grill too. Now, though I didn’t have any knowledge about what to look for in a grill but one thing I was sure on was that I wanted a big one. I have twelve family members, so every Sunday, dinner is a big affair.
After careful consideration, reading dozens of reviews on the internet and scouring at least twenty websites that sells grills, I finally came across the one I wanted: The Royal Gourmet’s Classic 6-Burner Stainless Steel LP Gas Grill. I have had this grill for a month now and it has been working wonders. To be clear, I did not find much information about Royal Gourmet on the internet. I know, we usually buy a product when we know that it is a successful brand. Granted the company’s information was limited but reviews on the grill were plenty. One of things that every user talked about this grill were the burners. Truth be told, this is what sold me on this grill. I was ecstatic to find out that such a high quality grill was available in an affordable price.
So, without further ado, let me tell you about my experience with this grill:
A great thing about the Royal Gourmet Classic 6-Burner Stainless Steel LP Gas Grill is that most of its features are unique. You won’t find such features in one place at a more reasonable price. It’s a given that this grill ‘is’ the best and I am about to tell you why.
The first time I turned on the grill, I was a bit confused because there were a total of seven burners. Yes, seven burners! Even I did a double take when I read about them on the internet. You can imagine that Royal Gourmet went all out to make sure that a person would have a premium grilling station at a cookout. We are definitely not complaining.
Alright, so the basic features of this grill includes the aforementioned seven burners, porcelain cast-iron cooking grates, a porcelain wiring warming rack, stainless steel tube burners, solid steel side prep table, stainless steel lid and handle, stainless steel control panel, thermometer gauge with metal base, grease catching tray and four casters. As usual, the LP tank and the hose are not included, which really was a disappointment. Sure, I have heard that you have to buy your own LP tank but at least they should have provided a hose with a fuel gauge. However, this isn’t something I was hung on because there were plenty of other features that made this grill worth the price.
In a way, I would say that this grill has double cooking space because you have got two stations. Wouldn’t wanna give away the best feature now, so let’s begin with the basic features:
The Basic Features
Porcelain Cast-Iron Cooking Grates – Protection at its Best
So, I have heard so much about the porcelain cast-iron cooking grates and I can definitely tell you that it’s better than cooking on a steel grate placed over charcoal. Let’s face it, in the past, our grilling activities were limited to this. There was the mess, the flare ups and the soot from the charcoal. Definitely messy business! Moreover, the wife was never pleased even if the food was good because she had to do the clean up after. Of course, I always volunteered but she always thought I would make it even a bigger mess !
The cast-iron cooking grates on the Royal Gourmet Classic 6-Burner Stainless Steel LP Gas Grill has been covered with a porcelain finish that does not require any seasoning. That was a relief because I had bookmarked ‘seasoning tips’ and it was a lengthy process. The primary cooking area is 586 sq inches and this is just the grates, excluding the two side stations. That’s plenty of space to cook more than twenty pieces of burgers with vegetables. There are no flare ups, so you are safe from those first-time cooking blunders.
Since the cooking grates have a porcelain finish, it does not require much cleaning. Forget about scrubbing the surface for hours because you don’t need to do anything of that sort. All you need is warm water and a cloth. Just scrub the surface with a mild brush and wipe the residue with a cloth dipped in warm water.
Porcelain Wiring Warming Rack
We have talked about the cooking areas so, let’s move on to the other feature that is right above the cooking grate: The warming rack. Just like the cooking grates, the warming rack also has a porcelain finish, which preserves the heat quite well. Plus, since its right above the cooking grates, the food is kept warm for a long time.
The warming rack in the Royal Gourmet Classic 6-Burner Stainless Steel LP Gas Grill is a good edition because as soon as I was done with half of the meat, I transferred it to the warming rack. The more you rest it on the warming rack, the more the spices become strong. The warming rack is 190 sq inches, which is more than enough space to keep the cooked food until the table is set and the side dishes are prepared.
Stainless Steel Double Layer Lid with Thermometer
A grill’s lid is an important feature. While most people see it as nothing but a covering that stops the dust from setting in, I see it as a more important feature. I have this theory that when a grill’s lid is closed, the food becomes tastier. It’s true because when the lid is closed, the flavours in the steam circulate and settle in the food.
The Royal Gourmet Classic 6-Burner Stainless Steel LP Gas Grill has a double lid that not only preserves the taste but also prevents the heat from escaping. As a bonus, there’s a thermometer on the lid that measures the temperature and I was aware of the temperature at all times. Most amateur grillers find difficulty in managing the temperature of the grill and of course, your food’s taste depends on the heat entirely. The higher the heat, the drier the meat will become. There needs to be a perfect balance of the heat, so that the meat stays tender. At first, it will be a little hard to manage the temperature but after two tries, you will definitely get the hang of it. For me, my neighbour had explained all the ins and outs of a regular grill, so my first try was perfect.
Stainless Steel Tube Burners and Stainless Steel Knobs
One of the best things I liked about this grill is that it is entirely made from stainless steel, from the lid to the knobs to the doors. Instead of the round burners, this grill has tube burners in the shape of a ‘U’. Each burner has a 10,000 BTU, which makes a total output of 62,000 BTU. I know, you are wondering that how six burners equal 62,000 BTU because I haven’t revealed one of its best features yet. I will explain that in a minute.
So, back to the burners, since they are made from stainless steel, there’s no chance of them rusting. As for the knobs, their stainless steel covering prevents the grease from sticking. If you are turning the burners on or off with greasy hands, you can easily clean the knobs with a piece of cloth.
Alright, let’s get down to the best features:
The Best Features
Get that Sizzle on the Sear Station
So, I had mentioned above that this grill has six burners. What I didn’t mention was that there are five burners and the sixth is a sear burner. The Royal Gourmet Classic 6-Burner Stainless Steel LP Gas Grill has the sear burner and the ordinary burners at the same station. The sear burner has a 12,000 BTU that gives you that extra kick you need for quick grilling. Imaging grilling your meat and giving it that extra crunchy layer, the way I like my meat, at the same time. There was no need to shift the food around because the sear burner was right there beside the other burners.
The Side Stations
The side stations are more like another cooking area, well at least one is. One side of the station has a burner with 9,000 BTU, which is great for frying vegetables. It has a round stainless steel burner and the low heat ensures that you can stir fry the vegetables in butter and a little seasoning. It’s like having three hands when cooking: the burners, the sear burner and the side burner.
The other side station is a solid steel platform, which you can use for prep work. It makes grilling really convenient as you can chop the vegetables here or keep all the seasoning and sauces for easy grabs. I am still finding my way through the seasoning so, I am always tasting. The sauces nearby saves me the time of running inside and grabbing them from the fridge. Trust me, you take your eye off from the grill for just a minute and everything falls apart.
The Cook Box
The cook box is made of stainless steel and has all the basic features at the top. The bottom part of the cook box has three things: A cupboard, a circular base for the LP tank and the grease management system. The cook box is also made from stainless steel, so no need for cleaning here too. Did I mention how much I love the stainless steel part? This grill makes maintenance easy to a whole new level.
The Grease Management System
The grease management is not their best invention but it does the work. The grease tray is located beneath the grates and prevents the dripping from catching fire on the burners. It’s a tag team kinda system where the drippings fall into the grease tray, which then flows into the grease cup.
Cleaning is quite easy because you can remove the grease tray, scrub it and wash it under warm water. Same goes for the grease cup. I found emptying the grease tray a bit stressful when I was grilling for a party at our home. I had to change the tray twice but the good thing was, it didn’t mess up any other part of the grill.
The bottom part of the cook box has the stainless steel cabinet with two doors. On one side of the grill, there’s a hollow circular base where the LP tank can be placed. The connection to the LP tank is inside the cabinet and goes around the back. I found this little detail in the Royal Gourmet Classic 6-Burner Stainless Steel LP Gas Grill really helpful because there was no chance that I would trip on the wire.
The other side of the cabinet has a flat base where you can keep grilling tools. I mostly keep a couple of cloths, a cleaning agent and cooking utensils. It makes grilling really easy because my wife likes to micromanage everything and I am the type of guy who believes “the more its within your reach, the better it is”. Really, I had to make a pact with her that she could keep to her side of the kitchen and I would keep to my grill.
There are four caster wheels that can be locked, which is a good thing. Usually, in a grill, there are two swivel wheels and two lockable caster wheels. When I was searching for the grill, I read some reviews that said the part with the swivel wheels were a bit shaky on a sloppy ground. The Royal Gourmet Classic 6-Burner Stainless Steel LP Gas Grill weights 104 lbs, which makes it a little heavy for taking it with you on camping trip but if you have a minivan, something can be done. I have seen my neighbor rolling it in his van with the help of a portable ramp.
So, that was my experience with the Royal Gourmet Classic 6-Burner Stainless Steel LP Gas Grill. Oh, I almost forgot to mention: My grill came with a cover. I have no idea whether you get the cover on all purchases or not but the majority of the websites I checked were selling it. This is a grill that is definitely worth buying if you want something heavy and professional. Though, it would be wise to start with something simple but that would be wasting money because you can get this grill in the same price as an ordinary grill. I would suggest that you do your research on how grills work and tips on how to grill a simple steak. That’s the best way to start without you wife yelling that you ruined the dinner.