Elite Member & Kitchen Overlord
- Feb 14, 2004
Kaido: How is the Brinkman holding up?
I had a Kenmore cheapo model ($150) for the past 7 years that was awesome for a small family and I like the cheap ones, but I also appreciate the quality of Weber. We moved and now I am looking for its replacement, but a 2-burner unit. The spousal unit has serious issues about me getting a Weber ( http://www.weber.com/grills/series/spirit/spirit-e-210 ) and after replacing most of the appliances in our new house, I kind of understand and am willing to get a cheaper alternate for the short term.
Any issues with hot spots? The reviews look decent on it, but you can almost never tell as people don't always update them.
A smoker will eventually be used for large chunks of animal flesh, but that comes later.
It's been good! Yes, it absolutely has hotspots. The best area for cooking is right in the middle, that seems to get the most heat because it's between the two burners. I did have an issue the other day when I tried a split chicken - the entire grill caught on fire and burned for awhile (the bottom was brushed with olive oil, top with honey mustard). I turned off the gas and let it burn out, but ended up using the flames to flame-grill it anyway :biggrin:
I tried using a whole package of ground beef to make enough burgers to fill the whole thing. The results were extremely mixed, a lot of soggy burgers. It does best with 2 or 3 burgers right down the middle. Fortunately, that's really what I wanted, so I'm perfectly happy with it. The metal is thin & does lose a ton of heat in the cold (100 to 150F or more heat loss). I wanted to do Smash Burgers (requires a cast-iron pan at 500-600 or higher) but I'm not sure if it can get up high enough - I'll find out tonight. But overall for my needs, it's perfect. It was cheap ($129) and it can grill a few burgers just fine. I can see why people love Webers - thicker metal, more even grilling area, etc. but I rarely cook for that many people, so this is working absolutely great for me, despite the drawbacks.
Yeah, I've been eyeballing a Traeger pellet grill for a long time (they make very nice smokers down to 180F). It's finally down to a good price, so I'm thinking maybe Christmas, but I'm on the fence because I've been ramping up my Vegan diet, so I don't know if I want to invest in another meat-cooking machine if I'm going to go to a full-blown veggie diet at some point (the Thrive Diet, if anyone's interested). I love meat and I love grilling, but the performance benefits of a proper Vegan diet are just amazing (endless energy, fast recovery, etc.). But maybe in a few more years :biggrin: My buddy has a Bradley Digital Smoker and gets amazing results out of it, but I think I'd rather have a pellet grill that can smoke AND cook, for the price. I might just pick up a cheap bayou burner to do the Smash Burgers on, one of my favorite meals, because those get wicked hot and only run about $40.