A Review of Capital Cooking’s Maestro Grill by Chef Tony Matassa The Skinny: Excellent grilling performance; Hybrid Radiant System; Grease Manage
Excellent grilling performance; Hybrid Radiant System; Grease Management System; Strong company history; Made in the USA
These Capital Gas Grills are top notch, and have been here for a long time. The guys that run Capital have been in the high end gas grill and indoor range industry since the 80’s and 90’s. With all of that experience, it is really no surprise that these Capital Precision and Maestro gas grills are some of the best on the market. They are Made in the USA, and combine quality craftsmanship, innovation and with the Maestro Collection, a touch of modern styling. My personal opinion is that these Capital grills simply cook better than just about any other gas grill out there.
Under the hood, the Precision and Maestro Gas Grills both feature the same excellent grilling system. It starts with 25,000 BTU “U” shaped main burners, made of 14 gauge Stainless Steel and backed by a limited lifetime warranty. These burners pack some power, but can also be turned down very low, providing excellent heat control. Due to their large footprint, they offer great coverage across the entire grill surface, which helps to eliminate cold spots. Each grill also includes a ceramic infrared burner that produces 1800 degrees of heat at the burner surface, perfect for searing high end steakhouse quality steaks in your backyard.
Above the burners is one of my favorite features – the Hybrid Radiant System. This system provides incredibly even heat distribution, and helps reduce flare-ups. This system consists of ceramic rods that cover the entire grill surface area, which provides very even heat distribution. Each rod is individually wrapped in stainless steel which helps with durability. These are easily the most durable ceramic flame tamers I’ve seen.
Above the hybrid radiant system are the heavy duty, reversible, Cast Stainless Steel cooking grids. Place them in a flat position, V side down, for everyday grilling. Place them flat, V side up, for maximum vaporization and flavor infusion. Place them V side up at an angle, sloped toward the front of the grill, to channel excess grease away, to reduce flare ups when grilling extra fatty or oily food. This is considered their grease management system.
I also love the included heat zone separators. These vertical stainless dividers are placed in between each burner, which creates different cooking zones across the primary grilling area. This can be very practical when cooking different foods at different temperatures at the same time.
Each grill also comes with an awesome rotisserie system, powered by a ceramic infrared rear burner, and features a hidden, chain driven Rotisserie motor. This chain driven system provides stability when you are cooking large pieces of food and the hidden, integrated motor means you don’t have to find a storage place for it when not in use. Speaking of storage, the 36” & 48” models have concealed storage in the pull out drip tray for the rotisserie spit rod!
Along with the incredible grilling and rotis system, these Capital grills have some other smart features I love as well, such as the interior halogen lighting, silent hot surface ignition for quiet & reliable ignition of all burners, and easy-lift, spring assisted hood.
If you want some modern styling in your backyard, you should consider stepping up to the Maestro Series. These grills feature the same grilling performance and features listed above, but add a few bells and whistles. Maestro Grills feature a deep blue, tempered glass front control panel with bright blue LED indicator lights around the knobs. Another great feature is the large glass viewing window in the lid. This window makes it easy to watch your food without even lifting the lid. This window and the cool front panel creates a sleek design which gives the Capital Maestro a look like no other.
Although I love the infrared main burner for steaks and other foods that are best cooked over intense heat, if you don’t do much high heat searing, you might consider this a wasted zone.
You want a high end grill that cooks incredibly well, is American Made, and backed by an excellent warranty.
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