Saber Grill Review

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Disclaimer: Saber Grills, LLC contacted me regarding an offer for a complementary grill. By accepting a Saber Grill, I was under no obligation to write a favorable review nor was I paid to do so. My analysis of products on this blog will not be influenced by any type of compensation. In addition, I am not liable for any recommendation or instruction of the product that appears in this review.

Spring has arrived and many of you are considering a high end grill this season, look no further…the Saber Grill Cast 500 (Model R50CC0312) is the answer. Saber grills (Retails for $999.00) are the grandiose adaptation of Char-Broil’s line of infrared grills. This souped up cooker is tough and built to last, but the most impressive feature is the ability to produce picturesque, juicy food. Not to mention the overall quality of this propane grill has a good dose of bling bling.

Out of the Box

For starters, if you’re a stickler for the care of your package like I am, prepare to have your mind blown. My Saber Grill was packed tighter than antique artwork. Every nook and cranny had packing foam, plastic or cardboard protecting every piece of hardware…literally! Even the screws, washers and nuts were meticulously packaged so you know you won’t be missing these essential parts. This leads me to believe that something special is in this box.

Saber Grill in package

Saber Grill in package

In addition, the stainless steel sections were sturdy and heavy…an indication of a well built cooker. So much so, that I needed a buddy, Tony, to help me lift some parts. No problem, we grabbed a beer and unfolded the assembly instructions which was as large as a world map. This was because the graphics were enormous, perfect for the farsighted griller. Clear instructions were much appreciated along with detail boxes to show close ups. Total time of assembly: a 6-pack, equivalent to about an hour.

One nugget of advice for assembly, the edges are sharp and we sustained a couple of cuts as one would handling stainless steel edges. None were remotely serious, but still, gloves would protect your hands. Nonetheless, we fought through our pain and suffering to complete the assembly.

Saber Grill Assembled

Saber Grill Assembled

Sable Grill Profile shots

Saber Grill Profile shots

Afterwards, Tony and I gazed upon the Saber Grill in complete awe, then we looked at each other as if we telepathically said…GRILL MEAT! Okay, that didn’t happen, but we were impressed with the grill space. Easily you can stretch out a couple racks of ribs or place a whole turkey on this bad boy. Additionally, if you’re a patio partyer, there is plenty of room for burgers and brats for your large gathering of friends, family or neighbors.

As I eluded to at the beginning, the Saber Grill brand is manufactured under the same parent company that produces Char-Broil grills. Thus the infrared grill technology, which became a sensation for Char-Broil, is the focal point to this outdoor cooker and rightfully so. What you get is a more flavorful and juicier product on the grates.

Saber Grill surface assembly

Saber Grill infrared technology

Saber Grilling in Action

Instead of further boring you with specs and such (which you can find here), why don’t we get to the good stuff…grilling!

What can’t you do on this grill? I put the Saber grill through a rigorous course of techniques and skill that few gas grill are able to achieve. This stainless steel brute has the ability to roast peppers, cook delicate foods, sear and smoke meats to tender, juicy perfection.

It’s easy to write about how simple it was to grill on this amazing cooker, so here are the results in all its delicious glory!

Roasted peppers on Saber Grill

Roasted peppers on Saber Grill

Brats on the Saber Grill

Brats on the Saber Grill

Roasted Peppers and Brats plated

Roasted Peppers and Brats plated

Indirect Cooking on the Saber Grill

Here’s a tip for high heat meat grilling…Most grill masters make the mistake of searing the outside of meat, but not cooking the inside. The best method is to cook indirectly (see the 2-zone method) after searing. In other words, turn one end burner on high while the other burners are turned off. I illustrate this below…this is my favorite setup to perfectly cook anything on the grill.

Indirect on the Saber

Indirect on the Saber

Notice which burners are turned off and on. Above, the far left is on and reads 500+ degrees on the temp gauge. The other burners are off, but look what they read on the temp gauge…between 250-300 degrees. Use the hot side for searing, use the cool side to finish at the desired internal temperature of the meat. This is a great rule of thumb to have succulent, tender meat.

More grilling on the Saber Cast 500

I was impressed how intense the heat was on my grill, it reached in excess of 600 degrees in minutes! As a result, I achieved some wicked grill marks. Grill marks not only make your food look appetizing, they add flavor to your palate. Furthermore, I was able to cook pizza dough on my Saber grill to perfection without burning or sticking the grates…amazing!

Grilled chicken on the Saber

Grilled chicken on the Saber

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As you can see, the Saber Grill can cook a variety of cuisines. But how does it perform on the most important test for a grill…cooking a steak!?!? On this final task, I select two delectable cuts of steak; teres major and a prime strip.

Prime strip steak on the Saber Grill

Prime strip steak on the Saber Grill

Prime Strip Steak with fried shallots

Prime Strip Steak with fried shallots

Look at those grill marks! My strip steak was juicy and full of flavor. Notice that the steak is not burnt, an indication of even heat distribution. Even more, the fat drippings did not cause flare ups. Instead, it dissipated and enhanced the savory meat….gotta love that infrared technology!

Lastly was a teres major steak, a delicacy in my region (St. Louis, MO). However, I intended to add smoke this time. I placed a handful of dry pecan wood chips directly on the grate. Pecan wood has a mild scent, the smoke will infuse the meat during the cook to add a layer of smoky flavor. Typically, wood chips flame up when placed directly on gas grills.

Smoking on Saber Grill

Smoking on Saber Grill

Teres Major steak on Saber Grill

Teres Major steak on Saber Grill

Not on the Saber Grill! The wood chips lightly smoldered on the grates for a long period of time. They didn’t flame up despite the fact that the surface was more than 600 degrees! Because of this, I was able to enjoy my smoke infused steak. I would be enticed to try smoking ribs on the Saber! Here is the final product cooked to my liking…look at all that juice!

Teres Major steak, sliced

Teres Major steak, sliced

My Saber Grill was able to do so much, it did everything I wanted except fetch me a cold pale ale. I highly recommend this cooker for those who are ambitious with their cooking and can appreciate a well built grill.

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19 thoughts on “Saber Grill Review

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  2. I also just purchased the 500 SS mainly because I wanted a side burner with more than 12,000 BTU which is common even on other high end grills. The 18,000 BTU burner has done extremely well so far especially when stir frying vegetables where you need a lot of heat. Boiling water for corn has also been a breeze and was not possible on my old name brand grill that had a 12,000 BTU side burner.

    The bonus for me is the ability to do zone grilling. The is the first grill I have had where I can turn one burner on and cook like I have 4 burners on high. A big deal since we are down to myself and my wife. Searing and grills marks have been very easy with a single burner on. Again not possible with my old high end grill that just went with my son to his first house.

    The design of the grates are obviously not the traditional design that you get with most grills but so far I am wondering why all grills are not made this way. Don’t be afraid to try it. I could not be happier with the performance of the side burner and the grill in general.

  3. These grills do seem pretty cool. I’m a novice and was attracted to the ease of use and technology. Unfortunately the retail experience has a number of pitfalls. If you’re reading this, you’re probably like me, and doing your online research before walking into a local dealer to purchase. You’ll see certain prices quoted in a number of articles on about.com, blogs, retail websites etc. which I guess are not necessarily accurate. Each model has a “cast” and “stainless steel” version which carries a price premium. I would encourage potential buyers to look carefully at the model # before purchasing. Since I’m a novice, I’m relying heavily on honest merchants to help me make a good decision. The only dealer of Saber here in Portland, OR, Ludeman’s, quoted a price of $999 on a grill they told me is “all stainless steel” which is partially true because of these model levels. Although their pricing of $999 and tag stating it was the “R33CC0312 SS” and verbal claim led me to believe I was purchasing the premium SS model, it turns out I was not. The resulting customer experience, needless to say, was less than desirable (if you are curious, read more here: http://www.yelp.com/biz/ludemans-patio-furniture-and-bar-stools-beaverton#hrid:xAMMjcP2u4x3-60MuXTj6A)
    and led to quite a bit of hassle. In the end I am no longer a Saber grill owner, and while my experience can not speak to the nation wide dealer network as a whole, I would urge potential buyers to be diligent about the model and with your dealers as there can be a bit of a confusion.

  4. These grills do seem pretty cool. I’m a novice and was attracted to the ease of use and technology and after buying one over the weekend, seems to have a lot of potential. Definitely way more power than your typical entry level grill. Unfortunately the retail experience has a number of pitfalls. If you’re reading this, you’re probably like me, and doing your online research before walking into a local dealer to purchase. You’ll see certain prices quoted in a number of articles on about.com, blogs, retail websites etc. which I guess are not necessarily accurate. Each model has a “cast” and “stainless steel” version which carries a price premium. I would encourage potential buyers to look carefully at the model # before purchasing. Since I’m a novice, I’m relying heavily on honest merchants to help me make a good decision. The only dealer of Saber here in Portland, OR, Ludeman’s, quoted a price of $999 on a grill they told me is “all stainless steel” which is partially true because of these model levels. Although their pricing of $999 and tag stating it was the “R33CC0312 SS” and verbal claim led me to believe I was purchasing the premium SS model, it turns out I was not. The resulting customer experience, needless to say, was less than desirable (if you are curious, read more here: http://www.yelp.com/biz/ludemans-patio-furniture-and-bar-stools-beaverton#hrid:xAMMjcP2u4x3-60MuXTj6A)
    and led to quite a bit of hassle. In the end I am no longer a Saber grill owner, and while my experience can not speak to the nation wide dealer network as a whole, I would urge potential buyers to be diligent about the model and with your dealers as there can be a bit of a confusion.

  5. I purchased the R33CC0312 SS Memorial Day weekend, Saturday. I spent 20 or so hours researching my next and hopefully final gas grill. I actually went to the store to look at a Napoleon Grill, and the owner had me look at Saber. I had some limited experience with the Charbroil Quantum IR and was not impressed so I wasn’t too interested. But after reading reviews, pros and cons, here is my review.
    1. Went with the almost full stainless model. The SC is several hundred dollars more, and upgrades include a light I would never use and I 2 side burner high-end side burner that did not justify the increase in cost.
    2. Looks between the 2 is hardly noticeable.
    3. Natural Gas Conversion was easy but costly
    4. 2 hours start to finish to complete: unloading/building/NG conversion…
    5. Cooks incredibly well. I have made boneless/skin less chix great, pork chops, steaks, veggies, all came out very juicy, with cooking times less than my old gas grill. I did use Grill Grates with provides some similar effects as the saber.
    6. Wife can easily use.
    7. After 4 warm up meals, I made heavily marbled rib-eyes, 1 1/4 inch thick, perfect, no flare ups, best steak I ever made at home. Despite 5 meals, not 1 drop in the drip pan.

    I am very satisfied, and for a total investment of $1200, I don’t know of a better deal.
    Buy this grill and you will be happy

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  7. Where are the comments about maintenance and clean up? The charbroil infrared grills from Lowes are terrible for clean up and maintenance…. the infrared grates are a haven for catching and building up marinates and RUST. too much clean up from too many nooks and crannies is my assesement from their previous technology… any response?

    • Hey Don. Just like any appliance, there is maintenance involved. In all honesty, writing about clean up bores me…I like to cook! This ain’t the Martha Stewart show.

      In addition, you get what you pay for at Lowes…places like that sell disposable grills. Saber grills can only be found in specialty BBQ stores, they’re not cheap and they are not built using Char-broil parts, it’s completely separate. I hope this helps.

      • Hey Don, after re-reading my response to your comment I want to apologize and give you a better response.

        It would not be wise for me to give you or anyone care instructions for a grill that costs up towards $1,000 because I am not liable for any damage if I gave you wrong or bad advise. I recommend you contact Saber, 1-888-947-2237. I know you haven’t had much success in dealing with Char-Broil, but I hope this will end in a different result.

        Arthur

  8. Sorry, but I have to agree with Don, Years ago I purchased a weber BBQ not only on what it could do but the ease of cleaning out the BBQ. I noticed Saber had no mention of the ability of cleaning.
    Sorry buddy but even Martha Stewart lovers want to know why you would make such a stupid comment. I was seriously wanting to purchase the Saber but now you have me thinking elsewhere.

    • Hi Sharon,
      I understand that you were not happy with my comment to Don…reading back on it, I could have responded to him differently. I’ve been accused of being too direct, but I don’t mean to hurt anybody’s feelings.

      I’m not sure if you are aware of this or not, but I don’t represent Saber Grills. I own a Saber grill just like you own a Weber grill. However, I see things a little differently than you and Don…I’m not going to post on your blog asking you how to clean my Weber grill, instead I’m going to call Weber customer service because you’re not liable for any damage to a $1,000 grill if you tell me wrong. Regardless, I should have gave a better response. In addition, your comment about not wanting to purchase a Saber grill will have absolutely no effect on the content of my posts, it’s as if you think I get paid or compensated to do this. This blog may not be for everyone and that is okay, there are hundreds of BBQ blogs that are better than mine. I think your real issue is with me…not with Saber grills. I made a mistake but I hope we can get past this and talk about BBQ.

      • your absolutely right I thought you were representing Saber, and for a person to admit their mistakes goes along way with me, I hold a totally different regard towards you and hopefully we can continue on enjoying your blogs. As for the weber BBQ I no longer own one and will not buy another that is why I am trying to wrap my head around purchasing the Saber. I reside in Canada and realize the costs are much higher here as is everything else. The SS 670 model is a little over $2100.00 here with the installation of Natural Gas fitting package. There are other infared models on the market but I also realize “you get what you pay for”. Between you and I, I am leaning towards the Saber. Again thank-you for all clarifications and wish you the best

  9. I’m picking up a Saber this Saturday. I’ve read a ton of extensive reviews from pit masters etc. about this grill. They’ve all been the same which is everyone was shocked by the amazing performance of this grill. This grill will be no more difficult to clean than any other grill.

  10. I have owned this exact model of a Saber grill for a little over a year. I was tired of buying a new grill every other year or else replacing parts. This grill is built to last, seems to use less propane than my other grills and there are no flame flare ups! After a year of hard use (even in sub zero weather) it looks and functions fantastic. I chose Saber over a comparatively priced Weber and Broil King…I made the right choice!!

  11. Cooked up four half pound burgers after the initial seasoning process. They were cooked medium rare and everyone loved them and they were very juicy. It took longer than anticipated so there’s a learning curve for a lifelong Weber kettle guy. I’m very excited for this weeks practice round. It was also 37 degrees outside while I was cooking so I’m sure that played a roll. The temp gauges are pegged after about ten minutes on this grill which claims to be over 700 degrees. It’s time for a good temp reader. I have a Thermapen but no accurate way to measure the internal temp of the oven with the lid closed. Any suggestions? I won’t hold anything against you. I’d like to measure air temp for indirect.

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