I’m not a huge barbecuer, at least not enough to weigh in on any debate between gas and charcoal fired grills. But you know that gas gives you precise temperature control, charcoal gives you that added depth of flavor.
Well the Spark promises to marry the best of both of those worlds with its new eponymous grill, which was made available for pre-order last week. The stylish grill ditches the lumps of briquets for a single, flat charcoal “Briq,” and uses a series of stoking and cooling fans for precision temperature control.
The Spark is capable of getting temperatures between a low 200 degrees all the way up to a ripping hot 900 degrees. The grill also has an accompanying mobile app that lets you monitor the temperatures of your cooking cavity and the food you’re cooking.
But you can’t get your hands on one just yet. According to its website, you can only get on the waitlist to be notified when it does go on pre-sale (before the general public) some time in May of this year. The Spark will “start” at $799, though we don’t know exactly what that does and doesn’t include.
If it works as promised (and that’s a big if), that price point isn’t too bad. The (excellent) Traeger WiFire connected wood pellet smoker grill is $799, and the connected Weber Smokefire wood pellet grill (powered by the June OS) starts at $999.
BBQ season is just around the corner, and there are more connected grilling options than ever. The only question remaining is whether people will be able to connect in person for cookouts, or have to remain socially distant.