The George Foreman 10th anniversary grill was a jumbo machine designed to celebrate the popularity of the grills and to celebrate healthy eating in general. The history of the grills goes back to 1994.
In 1994 at the age of 45, Foreman regained the heavyweight championship title he had lost to Muhammad Ali two decades earlier. The comeback was unexpected in the boxing world. George attributed his success to a healthier lifestyle, a better attitude and healthier eating.
The grill’s unique design was invented by Michael Boehm. Because of the ridged surface and the angled cooking area, the meat does not sit in fat as it cooks. The fat drips out and drains away. The amount of fat removed from the meat is visible by looking at what is caught in the drip tray.
Between 1994 and 2009, over 100 million of the grills were sold worldwide. New designs and innovations were introduced each year. Some people bought the new grills and sold their used ones at yard sales or on popular auction sites. There is no way to calculate the number or resold grills.
The George Foreman 10th anniversary grill was introduced when the name was owned by Salton. Applica bought Salton in 2007. The name of the parent company is more familiar to some people. Russell Hobbs Inc. is currently the owner of the brand.
The grills are available all over the US and in the United Kingdom. The main US headquarters are located in Miramar Florida. The UK headquarters are in Manchester.
There is no doubt that Foreman’s endorsement was and is still responsible for the popularity of the grills. He was well-rewarded for that endorsement. Salton reportedly paid him over $135 million for the use of his name in 1999.
The unique non-stick coating is one of the selling points of the George Foreman 10th anniversary grill, the models that preceded it and the newer versions. The coatings eliminate the need to use oil or added fat of any kind. Even cooking sprays add calories and fat to the foods you cook with them.
The sizes of the grills have varied greatly over the years. The small grills able to accommodate only two burgers have always been popular. The original model known as the lean, mean grilling machine was of the smaller size.
The popularity of the George Foreman 10th anniversary grill had a lot to do with the size of the cooking surface. It could accommodate as many as 10 burgers, but some users found that rearranging the burgers was necessary to get even cooking.
Because of the top and bottom grilling surfaces, there should be no need to flip a burger or a salmon filet. Rearranging the foods should be unnecessary too. Checking for desired doneness is about all that anyone should have to do, which makes cooking easier, especially for people with little kitchen expertise.
Buying the George Foreman 10th anniversary grill today might not be possible, since it was released over 5 years ago. But the newer models are just as good.