Experience Easy Ignition and Enhanced Features with Masterbuilt’s 2024 Charcoal Smart Grill Collection

CES 2024: Middleby Outdoor’s Wi-Fi Charcoal Grills

Grill companies frequently use CES as a platform to unveil their latest Wi-Fi-enabled innovations and Middleby Outdoor, the parent company of Kamado Joe and Masterbuilt, is no exception. In 2024, they will be showcasing two new models at the show: the all-new Masterbuilt AutoIgnite Series 545 and the Masterbuilt Gravity Series XT. These new models promise to offer exciting features and updates.

The Masterbuilt AutoIgnite Series 545, making its debut in Las Vegas, boasts a QuickStart Auto-Ignition system that is similar to the Automatic Fire Starter on the Konnected Joe. The grill’s fan and digital controller take care of everything from low-and-slow smoking at 250 degrees Fahrenheit up to searing at 650 degrees, with the charcoal hopper located inside the cooking chamber. The 545 also comes with a folding side shelf, enclosed cart design, cast iron cooking grates, and folding chrome wire warming racks. Priced at $499, the 545 will be available in February at Home Depot.

Meanwhile, the Gravity Series XT, described as “the largest and most advanced Masterbuilt to date,” offers up to 1,260 square inches of cooking capacity and features a gravity-fed charcoal hopper with a capacity of up to 12 pounds of lump charcoal or up to 18 pounds of briquettes. Priced at $1,499, the XT will be available from the Masterbuilt website in April.

Both the AutoIgnite Series 545 and the Gravity Series XT are equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity and are compatible with the Masterbuilt app, allowing users to monitor and control their grills from anywhere. The app also supports up to four wired probes for monitoring food and grill temperatures. However, it’s worth noting that the app may not offer the same level of deep integration or step-by-step guidance as those offered by other grill manufacturers.

Overall, Middleby Outdoor’s latest offerings at CES 2024 promise to deliver enhanced grilling experiences with their innovative features and advanced capabilities.