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The Giggler
04-14-2008, 09:41 PM
Anyone have any suggestions for a charcoal finishing grill to use at comps to glaze chicken and ribs? Ideally, I'd like a large grilling area, adjustable charcoal tray or grate, with an ash pan, and lid.

Took a look at a Super Cajun Grill, but am not sure its necessary to spend 900 bucks.

What are you all using?

watertowerbbq
04-14-2008, 09:45 PM
I'm looking into getting a 22 1/2 weber kettle.

watg?
04-14-2008, 09:46 PM
we use a $20 weber kettle we got at a yard sale with an indirect fire, works great!

Bbq Bubba
04-14-2008, 10:27 PM
Weber kettle

lunchlady
04-14-2008, 11:10 PM
hey mike... hope things are going smoothly... not far now... :>

we also use the Weber 22 1/2. $900 is a ton o' cash just for finishing stuff, IMO.

talk to you soon my friend...

swamprb
04-14-2008, 11:16 PM
I thought about draggin' a Weber along but I can open the lid and vents on a drum and finish thing off.

ique
04-15-2008, 09:32 AM
You could also just crank your nice new backwoods up to 300-325 to apply your finishing glaze.

MrSmoker
04-15-2008, 10:02 AM
I'm looking at The North American Outdoors @ Bass Pro Shop, 299.00. Two adjustable charcoal pans 684 sq. in. cooking area.

The Giggler
04-15-2008, 10:33 AM
You could also just crank your nice new backwoods up to 300-325 to apply your finishing glaze.

Howdoya getter that hot? Add more lump, and open up the vents?

You guys like lump or briquettes?

The Giggler
04-15-2008, 10:40 AM
hey mike... hope things are going smoothly... not far now... :>

we also use the Weber 22 1/2. $900 is a ton o' cash just for finishing stuff, IMO.

talk to you soon my friend...

That Klose sliding grill got me spoiled. Could finish all the chicken, and all the ribs with no space issues. Also, liked the adjustable height on the grill. Getting the coals just right didn't matter, you could just raise up the grill to get the right temp.

Is space a concern for the 22 1/2? Everyone on my team has at least one, so practice is easily facilitated.

Yeah, we're getting close. Angela is ready, and so am I. We're looking forward to meeting her.

Tell everyone we said 'Hi' and good luck this weekend in Salisbury!

Ford
04-15-2008, 10:41 AM
FEC100 - cook on it and finish on it. Scored OK last year doing it. Sauce sets up fine at 225-250 and does not get that black look.

ique
04-15-2008, 11:14 AM
Howdoya getter that hot? Add more lump, and open up the vents?

You guys like lump or briquettes?

Empty the water from the pan and you'll be able to hit that temp easy.

We use both. Briquettes are good because you can get a bit more fuel fit into the firebox for long cooks.

lunchlady
04-15-2008, 11:15 AM
We haven't found space to be an issue... just pick what you think is gonna go in the box early enough to get it glazed in time. If your teammates have 22's, then bring a couple... that's what we do and we run 'em both throughout the turn-in times so that there is enough room.

ready as you'll ever be... hugs to your girls :> (and to you, Daddy) and keep us posted!!!
Go Angela... go Angela!!!

The Giggler
04-15-2008, 11:22 AM
Empty the water from the pan and you'll be able to hit that temp easy.

We use both. Briquettes are good because you can get a bit more fuel fit into the firebox for long cooks.

The Piglet has the heat diverter, but I was told to not cook with the water pan empty to prevent burn through?!?! Is it okay to 'dump' the water and finish at high temp without the worry of burn through?

SmokeWorks
04-15-2008, 11:23 AM
I just take the pan and diverter out of my backwoods for finishing. Careful though, that dang diverter has more juju than even welding gloves can handle. I'm guessing the pan does too on models with no diverter.

I've got a Weber Q 220 portable gas grill that I finish with off-competition... the cast-iron grate on that thing is arguably the best grilling surface I've ever used, anywhere. I like it better for regular grilling than my patio weber.

Consequently, I'm looking at the new Weber Char Q charcoal model for competitions to elevate the bar a little ;) Same cast-iron grate but split for tending the fire, and uses all the existing Q stuff that I already have, specifically the roll cart and the bag.

My checkbook whimpers just thinking about it!

lunchlady
04-15-2008, 11:30 AM
I think the Weber Char Q runs around $150... we just had one donated and raffled it off for charity. Looks like a really cool little grill...

YankeeBBQ
04-15-2008, 12:13 PM
I'm with Ford. Get an FE100 to finish your chicken it works great. It makes good chocolate chip cookies too.

The Giggler
04-15-2008, 12:16 PM
I'm with Ford. Get an FE100 to finish your chicken it works great. It makes good chocolate chip cookies too.

Sure! What's another couple thousand?!?!

You guys have a charcoal grill with a good sized cooking area. What is it?

YankeeBBQ
04-15-2008, 12:19 PM
http://www.3men.com/Images/Aussie_Braai_I.jpgSure! What's another couple thousand?!?!

You guys have a charcoal grill with a good sized cooking area. What is it?

It rusted out I don't remember the brand. Char broil maybe ?
http://www.charbroil.com/Consumer/product_detail_m.aspx?ProductSeriesID=93

The Giggler
04-15-2008, 12:26 PM
It rusted out I don't remember the brand. Charbroil maybe ?

Cool - Basic charcoal backyard grill. Will have to watch the ads for the Big Box Stores.

YankeeBBQ
04-15-2008, 12:34 PM
Do you have a Dick's Sporting Goods near you ?

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2263028

Home Depot has them on their website too. Search for Char Broil Santa Fe $106

Scottie
04-15-2008, 12:37 PM
I'm with Ford. Get an FE100 to finish your chicken it works great. It makes good chocolate chip cookies too.


You got credentials to say that? 8-)

I'll second that Steve makes great cookies on it...

butts a fire
04-15-2008, 01:06 PM
You should have no problem fitting all the chicken on a weber unless you are cokking a huge amount that is what I cook my chicken on from beginning to end for comps and I don't have any issue with space.

If you want to do it on the backwood at home I will remove the water pan using welding gloves that will make the temps jump up to 350 easily, You just have to be careful because that sucker is hot and boiling water/grease getting splashed on your pants and shoes hurt (don't ask how I know).

RichardF
04-15-2008, 01:14 PM
That Klose sliding grill got me spoiled. Could finish all the chicken, and all the ribs with no space issues. Also, liked the adjustable height on the grill. Getting the coals just right didn't matter, you could just raise up the grill to get the right temp.

Yep - The Klose slide-out unit is sweet.

http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc262/RUBBBQ/DSC01595-1.jpg


That being said, a half-drum with expanded metal for the cooking grate works pretty good too :wink:

YankeeBBQ
04-15-2008, 01:20 PM
You could be Paul Kirks Twin Brother.

Yep - The Klose slide-out unit is sweet.

http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc262/RUBBBQ/DSC01595-1.jpg


That being said, a half-drum with expanded metal for the cooking grate works pretty good too :wink:

ique
04-15-2008, 01:28 PM
The Piglet has the heat diverter, but I was told to not cook with the water pan empty to prevent burn through?!?! Is it okay to 'dump' the water and finish at high temp without the worry of burn through?

I do it all the time. I know other BWS users do the same for baking (Old Dave on the BWS site for instance).

Will not be a problem, especially with the heat diverter in place. I run an empty water pan and let the cooker go ~500* for cooking pizzas.

SmokeWorks
04-15-2008, 01:29 PM
I think the Weber Char Q runs around $150... we just had one donated and raffled it off for charity. Looks like a really cool little grill...

Yep, just checked Amazon, $159.

http://www.amazon.com/Weber-616002-Char-Q/dp/B000WEIIJ4/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1208280294&sr=8-1

And of course since y'all made me look it up I went ahead and bought the dang thing :-D

-Jeffrey

RichardF
04-15-2008, 01:53 PM
You could be Paul Kirks Twin Brother.

Who is Paul Kirk :confused:

smokeandbeer
04-15-2008, 03:36 PM
This one is very similar to the North American Outdoors product for less $

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5508760

Muzzlebrake
04-16-2008, 12:47 PM
I like my Char-grillers, easy to adjust clean and cook on, plenty of space......the cast iron grates, I really like. Can get them at any Lowes (http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=44754-000001646-2121&lpage=none)

Podge
04-16-2008, 12:55 PM
What's the big deal wanting to finish the sauce anyway ?