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Unread 03-01-2013, 10:33 PM   #1
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What do you guys use for grilling fish, vegetables, potato slices etc so that they don't fall through the grate into the fire? I usually end up making a sacrifice or two to the fire gods and I'd like to hear how everyone else does it. I really don't want to grill the fish on foil or wrap the veggies in foil. I have used a piece of mesh screen successfully, but they are of cheap quality. I think I bought a pack of them at WalMart. I'd even consider making some expanded metal grates for my Performer and Jumbo Joe. Talk to me.
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Cedar planks for all of the above, especially fish.
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Cast iron pan on the grill is what I use.

You don't really get the same effects of grilling, but you get good smoke flavor.
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The above ideas are marvelous. Something else that works quite well and is rather economical is a GraniteWare pizza pan--light weight, heats quickly, easy cleanup, handles readily. You also might find an alternative you like by visiting the bbq section of your local Lowes or Home Depot if available.
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there are screens made for this. also ones that fold over for veggies. as far as fish i just do it direct on the grate as you shouldn't be messing with them anyway.
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What do you guys use for grilling fish, vegetables, potato slices etc so that they don't fall through the grate into the fire? I usually end up making a sacrifice or two to the fire gods and I'd like to hear how everyone else does it. I really don't want to grill the fish on foil or wrap the veggies in foil. I have used a piece of mesh screen successfully, but they are of cheap quality. I think I bought a pack of them at WalMart. I'd even consider making some expanded metal grates for my Performer and Jumbo Joe. Talk to me.
I often use oiled foil for fish, I use a stainless steel basket with slots for vegetables if they are cut up, of grates direct if large.
I've never had a problem at all.
Oh, I use the basket or foil option for filets of fish too.
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I really try my best to try to grill directly on the grate when at all possible by just taking my time with sizes of items and placement on the grates. One good tip I picked up from Steven Raichlen for grilling fish is to always turn it over on to a clean part of the grate. This has really helped.

Sometimes, when doing veggies in particular things are just too small or too difficult to place. Depending on the items, I use either my Weber


or


. I normally use the grill pan on my gasser and the vegetable basket on the Performer. Down side is they both take up a lot of room. In the case of the Performer it takes up the entire space. I had the opportunity to pick up a Q100 grill off CL for $25. The grate on it makes it ideal of grilling vegetables.
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cast iron foil with holes poked in it....but I'm cheap!
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I use a grilling basket. It hinges open and has a handle.
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i just try to use placement to keep it from falling through and whatever does slip through, a sacrifice.
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I grill veggies whole then chop/slice them after they are done.

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If cooking indirect frogmats. Cedar planks are great as are salt blocks. You can also get a good quality screen
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I use something similar to this:



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cast iron foil with holes poked in it....but I'm cheap!
Where do you get cast iron foil?

I use a piece of oiled foil for fish and either grill veggies whole or use a Weber stainless basket.
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I use something similar to this- http://www.webstaurantstore.com/crow...FUhV4AodLyUAFg
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