Good Question: How Can I Grill Inside?

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My husband really wants to get a stovetop grill (like the Jennair in the picture) so I'm trying to get info on it. I hear they're horrible to clean and someone told me they forbid anyone from using their Viking grill for anything but things like toast.

Anyone else have any experience on this or know of any good alternates for grilling for apartment dwellers who have no outdoor space when George Forman just won't hack it?

- Ann

We don't have much outside space either, so we're interested in good answers to this question as well. We would lean towards a cast-iron grill that goes on two burners, along with a very good vent fan.

Cook's Illustrated, however, just did a brief roundup of indoor grills, and they also dismiss stovetop models. Their pick was this Sanyo Smokeless Electric Grill ($39.95, Amazon), which uses a water basin to cut down on smoke. The reviews on Amazon are very positive too - perhaps check this one out?

Anyone else? Good ways to grill a hunk of meat inside without smoking up the apartment permanently?

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