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OakmanNZ 02-01-2014 08:29 PM

Char-Griller BBQ
Hey All,

I just bought a Char-Griller BBQ in New Zealand (where I live) and have discovered a whole new way of BBQing. I have been a long time watcher of these forums picking up tips for my propane smoker and my Bradley Smoker but have only recently (idiot, should have done this sooner) discovered the wonders of charcoal grilling.

The Char-griller is the only type of Texas style BBQ we can get in NZ and it is only recently available. Everybody here cooks with propane and ruins their meats (which is what got me into smokers as I HATE propane BBQ).

I assembled this bbq and I now have a new love. I fear I am BBQing far too often now and in the last 2 months I have averaged about 4 BBQ's per week for dinner. I am addicted. Spit roast works excellent on this too as you can raise or lower the coals to adjust the direct heat.

So now I am pretty happy that I will be able to , finally, try out a huge chunk of stuff from this site.

Has anyone got one of these and had any tips? I have already removed the warming rack as it took up too much room and have changed the wheel on it as they were pretty flimsy.

Very excited. Here is a photo of some New Zealand Lamb Leg Ends with my own rub.

peeps 02-01-2014 08:58 PM

That lamb looks damn good!!

jeffry1970 02-01-2014 08:59 PM

Congrats on your new grill.
Char griller is a great value in my opinion. I have used a few of them and right now have the outlaw. It's pretty easy to use and very versatile.

OakmanNZ 02-01-2014 09:03 PM

I agree. I have found it very user friendly and it maintains the heat really well. I like the fact that it can raise or lower the coals and get that heat pumping or have it as a more indirect roasting heat. The chimney makes it look very American. Not anything you could get over here normally and I love it. I also like that the three grills are easily removable and only $20 to replace is one gets damaged.

From new it did need a lot of tightening of the nuts and bolts but this settled down after about 4 or 5 uses. A lot of manufacturing grease came out on the first 2 grills too so I pretty much just cured the BBQ the first grill and then fired it up again to removed the remainder of the grease.

Very happy with it and it only cost under $240 NZD (under $200 USD)

smoke ninja 02-01-2014 09:06 PM

Looks like you're making do with what you have, very ninja like. Lamb is so expensive here (sometime 10-15 $ lbs). Coals are off too one side, nice. Try using a basket to help control burn if you do longer cooks. If you seal her up enough with a lid gasket you should be able to use fuse/minion method. Others know more than me. Enjoy.

jeffry1970 02-01-2014 09:09 PM

Also the cast iron grates are a nice touch and yours look really well seasoned.
Like you said parts are cheap and easy to get

OakmanNZ 02-01-2014 09:10 PM

Thanks. I have found that if I put the coals on the right the air gets sucked in and dragged across the coals to the left where it exits the chimney. Gets it really hot. If I want it cooler I put the coals on the left. I don't know the science behind it. Was just experimenting and works.

I thought about the gasket seal. I also thought about engine enamel for the outside. I do not have the smoker attachment for this BBQ as I am a fan of the Bradley. That's what I make my Maple cured hickory/maple smoked bacon in.


smoke ninja 02-01-2014 09:14 PM

You can smoke with that. If it's tight enough you can maintain 250-300. Just search for kettle set up for smoking. Should work fine.

RT 02-02-2014 08:22 AM

Congrats and welcome to the world of Q!

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