Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Sorry State of My Grills...but I'm still grilling GRATE!

Last weekend I cleaned up the outdoor patio after a long winter.   During the colder months, I pull the grills closer to the back door and generally don't clean up too much.  I admit to being pretty much of a slob, picking up after myself usually happens a day or two after etc.   So after the first grass mowing of the season and cleaning up the patio,  I turned my attention to the sorry state of my grills.  
  • My Gas Charbroil has been the winter workhorse.  The starter has been dead for over two years so I have to remove 1/2 of the rusty cast iron grate and a flavorizer bar to light the grill- no big deal (I like the whoosh effect) FIVE 13.75" GrillGrates fit perfectly on the Charbroil.
  • My Weber Kettle's vents are rusted shut- fortunately at mid-way open. I've lived with that for a while now, but used the Kettle sparingly over the winter- even with the new cut to fit GrillGrates on it!
  • My Weber Q is only 1 year old and has held up well to neglect.  I use it when there is no need to fire up the Big Charbroil.   Three GrillGrates fit the Q very nicely-  I burred down the outside rail in the front on each end to allow the lid to close tightly. 
  • Finally- My Kamodo still sits there never been lit with the lid cut off waiting for a welder to help me put it back together again.  Nice lawn art!
Even with the sorry state of my grills, I'm still grilling grate!   As grilling season kicks into high gear, here are a few tips and tricks we've gathered along the way:
  • GAS GRILLS with GrillGrate!  GrillGrates make gas grills sing!  Forget flare-ups, foods are juicier and more tender. No need to guard the food anymore either.
    • Turn your GAS DOWN!  GrillGrates focus and intensify the heat allowing you to save money.  My Charbroil at medium puts my GrillGrates to 600F.   Cook chicken, pork and leaner meats on LOW.  The longer they grill the better. 
    • Skip HIGH HEAT BURN OFF- Warm your grill up to temperature like an oven.  Don't set your grill to high heat and go have a beer.  Your GrillGrate temps will exceed 700F and you are set up to burn your food.  Save serious gas and preserve the seasoning on your GrillGrates
    • Experiment with LOW and SLOW-  turn outside burners off and grill in the center on GrillGrates.  The added protection of GrillGrates allows you to establish consistent grill temps.
    • GrillGrates will pay for themselves in a season with gas savings!
  • Weber Kettle & Charcoal Grills 
    • Confidently direct grill more foods with the added protection of GrillGrates
    • Spread coals evenly under entire grill surface and grill hot hot or low and slow depending on the load of charcoal you use.
    • Direct grill at lower temps (350-450F) by spreading out fewer coals. Skinless chicken, pork, corn and other veggies
    • Direct grill at higher temps (450-600F) for faster / juicier grilling without fear of burning and charring.  Super Crispy Chicken, Seared steaks and burgers.
  • Pellet Grills 
    • Pelletheads are finding GrillGrates makes their grills sing too. 
    • Concentrated heat to the raised rails improves searing and high heat grilling 
    • The sizzle effect of GrillGrates combined with the flavorful smoke of pellet grills is a fabulous combination.    
I enjoy your comments and encourage you to share your favorite tips and tricks with GrillGrates!

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