I was able to assemble the grill pretty easily, I didn't have any problems with the screw heads as one reviewer did. I just used a regular screw driver instead of a power-driver, the screws are to short to worry about tiring your arm. Used the grill the first time for ribs offsetting the charcoal and utilizing the airflow by keeping the right vent closed and opening the left side and chimney slightly to force the smoke to the right side where the ribs and chimney were located. Came out pretty tasty, moist and tender.
Bought it as a birthday gift for my husband. We put it together within a few hours and wasn't too difficult. It's easier if you have help! He loved that it had an adjustable grill for the coal and cooks very well. Also easy to move around with the wheels.
This is an incredible grill and smoker that will last a long time. My husband was over the moon about receiving this grill; however, it took FOREVER to get it - I purchased it as a Christmas present in plenty of time for it to arrive and it just never came. The tracking number provided was incorrect - on the part of the carrier. I had to be extremely diligent in getting information on how to actually track this item and since it was not only a gift but also very expensive I wanted to know where it was. Finally, after many phone calls I found out the carrier had my incorrect phone number and had been trying to contact me for delivery since this was an oversize item - weighing over 200 lbs. and I had to sign for it. Other than delivery issues, it is a beautiful grill and smoker - one of the best out there - and absolutely gorgeous. My husband is in love!
Awesome Grill haven't cooked or smoked a bad thing yet. The heat controls are great, everything seals very well. The lid is a bit heavy if your a gas grill'er, but these things are a beast and designed this way. There are a few websites dedicated to these style cooker/smokers (kamado's) so if your not familiar please check'em out the people are always knowledgeable. My Dad had an original round Kamado when I was a kid and the Oval gives you the space to do more than 1 thing at a time, so awesome design factor here. Expensive maybe, but a quality grill that will last you a lifetime, this is pretty much on time and on budget.
Love this grill/smoker. SO versatile....holds even heat for long periods of time. TONS OF GRILL Space. Easily smoked a large brisket and several slabs of ribs at the same time. Researched every place available online and in town KC.....Overstock was best price, free ship, and offered interest free for 12 months via paypal....if needed.
This is no-frills. Limited applications. Limited features. Well built, if you put it together yourself & over-engineer it a bit. I replaced the included screws (which work just fine) with M6 machine screws. Add a couple of washers and lock washers, and your grill will be sturdier than it needs to be. Lid & firebox are well made. Handles are plastic & acceptable since you won't be doing anything more than picking it up when you're transporting it. Vent holes on the bottom cannot not be closed. Louvered style air vents on 1 side of lid cannot be closed. You will only be using lump charcoal and wood chips with this. Bigger chunks of wood will not fit. Plan on soaking overnight, enough wood chips to completely cover your briquettes. Briquettes will tend to settle towards the middle of the charcoal rack. Once briquettes are hot, smother with pre-soaked wood chips. Give up any thoughts you may have had about cooking large pieces like a whole prime rib, turkey, suckling pig, goose, or anything even halfway ambitious. So where does that leave you with this little grill? Where that leaves you is with plenty of chops, burgers, steaks, chicken, fish, veggies, Korean short ribs, any kind of meat on a stick, marshmallow s'mores, et cetera. There are times when you just don't need to build a big fire in your big kettle. For tailgating, you could do a dozen hot links at a time. I've successfully fired this little grill up in my fireplace for sleepovers when the kids wanted to cook their own hot dogs. Although I would not really recommend that anyone else light a fire or use a bbq indoors. However, with a little panache, you can accomplish a lot. This grill does offer enough surface. I've made a single rack of ribs for when only one rack will feed both of us. Cut your chicken in half and roast it bone side down. Tomato, onion, and peppers are the base for a great fire roasted salsa. Instead of deep frying, flame broiled Buffalo wings are always a hit. We had a dinner party for 10 people, and did it Korean BBQ style in the backyard with this little grill since all the cuts of meat were already well marinated and sliced thin. And just because you cant do the Tur-Duck-Ken, you can still do quail, cornish game hens, bacon wrapped oysters, oysters in the shell, lobster, crab, and most small game that you can capture when camping. While this may not be the ideal tool for large parties, you can work wonders with proper temperature control and timing. This is not a disposable unit. It is built for the long haul. While not designed to have a lifetime warranty, you can get years of use out of this.
My husband won't stop raving about this Primo grill. So glad I was able to purchase this through Overstock using their awesome promo discount. Everyone raves about the Green Egg (I don't know why), but this guy is more superior than that egg in that it's an oval shape and gives it a more functional space to grill various meats/veggies simultaneous. Obviously it's not cheap. Please do your compared analysis online before making the final decision! We are super pleased with this product and I hope that the rest of the consumer world understands its greatness.
Having to replace my old Thermos grill, with similar features, a leg finally rusted off, so I began my search. My old grill was probably 15+ years old and been out in the elements all those years with grilling from April or May until sometimes November. During the summers grilling every weekend. I combed the web searching for a grill with adjustable grate, ash catcher, and a side table. This was the only one I could find for under $ and actually probably only 1 out of 5 brands available with these features. I saw many reviews on many sights and I understand now why it wasn't rated too highly. The metal is much less substantial than my old grill and it wasn't a primo grill at the time it was bought, simply standard fare. However, having done research, none of them are as substantial unless you're going to invest over $!@#, which I wasn't willing to do. Assembly, was straight forward, the components neatly compartmentalized. All the holes lined up and they included the necessary tools. I'm happy it has a hinged lid which my old one did not and the bun shelf inside. I'll be christening it this coming weekend. One thing I did invest in was a cover, which you can find for this particular grill on the internet. I was happy it's made in the USA. For what it is, and the features I was looking for, I'm sure it will work out fine. We've become a disposable society and products are geared to be made that way, sad to say.
This grill has lots of room for grilling and the upper shelf is nice for keeping food that has already cooked warm. The side tables are a good size and are very useful when dealing with multiple plates, utensils, etc. The fold down when not in use, making the grill easy to store. I would buy this grill again.
I go to my grandkids games, sitting in the bleachers for long periods was killing my back. With my new seat, I no longer am in pain when I leave their games, Yea! I'm happy and everyone is happy, win or lose we go for ice cream after the game now.🤗
There's nothing quite like sitting outside on a long summer day, cooking on your charcoal grill with a cool drink in your hand. The traditional charcoal grill will allow you to sear and slow cook your favorite meats for a mouthwatering, crusty exterior and a juicy, tender interior that has been infused with a delicious and smoky flavor. At Overstock, you can explore a wide variety of outdoor charcoal grills at great prices from trusted brands like Weber, Char-Broil, Big Green Egg, and Dyna-Glo. Whether you're looking for a portable grill to haul to the beach or a sweet kettle set up to enjoy in your backyard, you'll be able to find what you need to grill the perfect barbecue feast.
How to Cook on Your Charcoal Grill
Why cook on a charcoal grill?
Your first decision when planning the ultimate BBQ is figuring out if you should choose a charcoal or gas grill.
The main advantage of picking a charcoal grill is simple: taste. Many times charcoal is preferred for providing that mouth-watering, smokey flavor that's inherent in all the best BBQ grill feasts. When the charcoal gets heated up (reaching temperatures of 500-700 degrees F), it provides a quick sear on the outside of your food that sometimes takes on a caramelized texture. If you don't have a standalone smoker, you can use a charcoal grill to achieve a similar effect.
Since it's portable, a charcoal grill a great choice for camping, beach days, and any outdoor activity that's not in your backyard. Upfront, charcoal grills have a lower price point than gas grills. However, you will need to budget for buying charcoal for your BBQ throughout grilling season.
One last thing to keep in mind when outdoor grilling over charcoal: charcoal grills require just as much (if not more) attention than a natural or propane gas grill, which has simple temperature knob to help with temperature control. However, gas grills are more prone to flare-ups from open flames, whereas with a charcoal BBQ, you're just cooking with lava rock and smoke. With any grill, make sure your camping or backyard cooking area is open and well-ventilated — no one wants a BBQ disaster when they're trying to enjoy a burger.
Features of a charcoal grill
Let's start with a little tour of your charcoal grill. Whether it's portable or has a larger capacity, every charcoal grill has a few key features.
The model you're probably most familiar with is the kettle. A kettle grill has a stainless steel lid and it looks like a large, oval ball on legs. A typical kettle grill is comprised of a lid, a cooking grate, a charcoal grid, a lower chamber (or kettle), a vent, and legs. Some kettle models may also include an ash catcher (or the ash catcher may be sold separate as an accessory) to make outdoor clean-up a breeze.
Your charcoal BBQ grill has a cooking grid that can be made from stainless steel, porcelain-enameled steel, or porcelain-enameled cast iron. These materials all have their specific advantages for your charcoal BBQ, but in general, they're all easy to clean, durable, and of course, leave those coveted grill marks on your burgers. Porcelain enamel cast iron or steel usually holds heat longer and better, while stainless steel grates are super affordable. For less maintenance work, splurge on a high quality porcelain cast iron grate for your BBQ grill.
Depending on the size of your charcoal grill, there may only be enough cooking space for direct grilling if it is portable. If you prefer the versatility of the indirect grilling method, look for a kettle grill with a wide cooking area. For a lower price, you can even get a portable grill that can sit on a tabletop.
Lighting your charcoal grill
First things first: you have to light your charcoal BBQ grill.
Experts recommend using a charcoal chimney for your BBQ which uses newspaper instead of lighter fluid to ignite the fire. It's a little safer; plus, lighter fluid may leave unwanted flavors in your food. To use a charcoal chimney, place a few sheets of newspaper in the bottom of the chimney and add charcoal on top of it. Light it and enjoy a beer for ten minutes — your charcoal will be good to go by then.
Another option is an electric charcoal fire starter, which you use by simply placing it in your grill alongside the charcoal. Once the starter has heated up the coals enough, you can (carefully!) remove it and let the temperature continue to rise.
And if you have a propane grill that's run out of gas, don't even think about adding charcoal to it. It won't work and may be a safety hazard. Just ask someone to leave the tailgate and restock the propane tank.
Preparing your charcoal grill
Just a few more items to take care of before you can start thawing the burgers:
Anytime you grill out, you need to clean your charcoal BBQ grill. You'll need the right accessories remove any ash or grease that has built up and prepare the grates so that food doesn't stick to them.
Once your barbecue grill has preheated, use a stiff bristle brush to scrape the grates clean of residue. You'll also need to oil the grates. Fold a paper towel a few times, dip it in olive or vegetable oil, and use a pair of tongs to rub the bars of the grate. Repeat both the brushing and the oiling after cooking to set yourself up for success at the next tailgate.
Cleaning your charcoal barbecue grill
At the end of the season, your charcoal grill needs a deep clean. After your last steak of the summer, make sure all the ashes are cooled down completely. Dispose of them in a safe container.
Contrary to popular belief, you shouldn't clean the grease off the grates before you cover up the charcoal grill for the winter. Leaving the grease on the cooking grid will prevent rust on the metal, so the next time you open your barbecue grill, you're ready to go.
Cooking methods on a charcoal barbecue grill
Sure, you can just throw a burger down on the grill and hope for the best — or, you can learn a little more about the different cooking methods for your charcoal barbecue.
Direct grilling is exactly what it sounds like: placing the food to be grilled directly over the heat source. Direct grilling is ideal for foods that can be cooked in twenty minutes or less like chicken fillets, prawns, meat patties, steaks, and small cuts. To achieve this method, spread the charcoal briquettes out across the entire charcoal grate.
Indirect grilling is a little more nuanced but offers great versatility, especially if you want to cook something (like a whole chicken) low and slow. To grill indirectly on a charcoal barbecue, place the charcoal briquettes on both sides of the charcoal grate (but not in the middle). Place your food directly in the middle of the cooking grid and add an aluminum drip pan in the middle of the briquettes to catch juices. You can also cook leg of lamb, whole fish, beef tenderloin, and entire roasts with this method —basically, anything that would take more than twenty minutes to cook.
Ever heard of grilled pizza? Yes, it can be done with the circular method of grilling, which is also ideal for quiche, bread, cakes, and turkey. If you're interested in using the circular method, spread the charcoal briquettes in an even circle around the edge of the charcoal grate. Again, place the aluminum drip pan in the middle to catch drips.
Finally, if you just can't make up your mind, use the fifty-fifty method, which is similar to indirect grilling. Place all the briquettes on one side of the charcoal grid, with the drip pan on the other side. Place your food directly above the drip pan. In addition to collecting drips, the pan will also prevent unnecessary smoke. The fifty-fifty method is perfect when you're trying to grill a bunch of things at once: you can grill directly on one side of the grill with high-heat while utilizing the other side for indirect grilling. It's the best of both worlds!
Best to bring your own grill to a campground since you never know what the condition of their grill will be. I like having a portable clean grill handy.
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