Griddle Showdown: Little Griddle Euro-Q Jr vs Cook’s Essentials Double Sided Griddle vs Emeril Single Burner Cast Iron Griddle

Links To Purchase and Read Reviews-

Little Griddle Reviews and Info Here

Emeril Single Burner Cast Iron Reversable Grill/Griddle Reviews and Info Here

Cook’s Essentials Double Reversable Griddle Here

Not included in the review was a Lodge cast iron skillet which has many of the same properties as the Emeril cast iron griddle except it is round and has higher sides which eliminates the likelihood of grease fires in the case of grease overflowing the edges.

I used a flat griddle with a small lip around the edges to do some smash burgers and bacon. Believe me if you’ve ever had a grease fire due to the grease overflowing onto the coals , it’s no fun.  They can get pretty unruly.  The high sides and deep grease collecting trays are welcome features.

You don’t need a ton of coals to get any of these griddles good and hot.

The Emeril rectangular one fits like a glove within the edges of the rectangular Weber Go-Anywhere.

The Cook’s essentials was by far the easiest to handle and clean and was a joy to use on the 22 inch Weber Kettle.  I suspect it won’t last a lifetime like a cast iron skillet that is well maintained but it also requires far less maintenance and won’t rust.  For $16.46 I like it a lot.

The Little griddle required a decent amount of elbow grease to scrub clean with an sos pad.  I suppose you could let it season up and not be so crazy about getting every bit of burnt on stuff off.

 

 

 

The Perfect Fit Cast Iron Griddle For The @WeberGrills Go-Anywhere

When I pulled this Cast Iron Griddle out of the shed to cook swordfish on the Charcoal Weber Go-Anywhere I figured that I’d probably have to drape it over the sides of the grill.  Here’s a link to buy it on Amazon  It’s $35 and that’s a steal for how versatile it makes your grill!

When I checked, it fit perfectly in the groove where the cooking grate would go without any need to modify it.  It’s like a stock accessory.  Not only that but has enough space open on the sides to allow air flow to the coals to get that cast iron piping hot for searing.

THIS MAY BE THE BEST PORTABLE CHARCOAL GRILLING SETUP EVER!!!

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As you can see it fits perfectly inside the grooves where the cooking grate would sit.  It doesn’t impede the lid from closing , the lid still latches on the edge of the back of the grill.  I swear when they designed this griddle they had to be thinking of the Weber Go-Anywhere!

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Charcoal Grilling Essentials

This is a good list for a person starting out.

You can get these items at Foster’s Grill Store or if you’re not from around Gloucester MA, these links on Amazon-

The main reason people that don’t cook with charcoal is because they think it’s too time consuming.  It really isn’t when you use a chimney starter-

Weber Stephen Company 7429 Rapid Fire Chimney Starter, Silver

Lighter cubes are cheap and make it so you won’t have a bunch of spent newspaper flying around the bottom of your grill collecting grease and sticking to your food.   They get your coals going inside the chimney starter in minutes, effortlessly.

Lighter Cubes- Weber 7417 Lighter Cubes

B001AN7RGG Weber 7417 Lighter Cubes

by Weber Stephen Company

A Dual Probe Meat Thermometer-

There are fancier ones.  I’ve tried them.  This one just works.  If you are BBQing, you need to know two things primarily.  The ambient temperature at the grill grate level and the internal temperature of your meat.  When you can confidently know these things, you can confidently BBQ.   There are so many cuts of meat that if you use internal temp’s as a guideline you’re going to succeed, and if you’re off by ten degrees  you can ruin an expensive piece of meat.  it’s up to you, would you rather know you nailed it or would you rather gamble.  As far as smoking meat, I generally smoke at grate temps between 225-275.  when you have the remote wireless meat thermometer you can monitor those temps from the couch or the kitchen.

B00GC53DYW Maverick ET-733 Long Range Wireless Dual Probe BBQ Smoker Meat Thermometer Set

 

$69.95

 

Tongs-

Cooking Tongs for Kitchen Grill BBQ –

My buddy Craig has these and while there are a ton of different kinds of tongs out there I like the little bit of silicon up on the handle, it gives just a little bit more grip when you’re manning the grill for extended periods of time.  and the price is right.

B0761W4ZTT Cooking Tongs for Kitchen Grill BBQ – Best Tongs for Cooking Food In The Sizes You Need – Long Locking Stainless Steel Tongs for Grilling and Barbecue – Cook Your Meat, Not Your Hands
$11.99

Charcoal Baskets- Cheapies and Buy One set For The Rest Of Your Life-

Charcoal baskets serve several purposes.  One they protect the bottom of your grill from crazing and porcelain pops.  Two, they are an excellent way to control your charcoal placement for direct and indirect cooking.

The cheapies (which are perfectly fine and you’ll probably get at least 4 seasons of heavy cooking out of them)-

B01C4MN59O Zenware Barbeque Char Basket Charcoal Briquette Holders

 

$9.99

The heavy duty buy them once and have them for the rest of your life charcoal baskets.  I have these and if you’re a serious charcoal griller, buy them they’re stainless and about three times thicker. I reviewed them here

B01GF5DG0Y Quality Grill Parts Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Charcoal Baskets for Weber Grills

by Quality Grill Parts, LLC

$29.99

On all the grill forums people rave about a product called the vortex.  It creates a high heat situation which makes excellent chicken wings.  I find that with two charcoal baskets pushed together you can get equally as good results.

Grill Brush-  Do I need to do a lot of explaining here other than to say that this model has three sets of bristles to go up and down the grates and get in between the grooves.

B01L7WNTSY Best BBQ Grill Brush ( HIGHEST QUALITY STAINLESS STEEL ) 18″ Barbecue Cleaning Brush w/ Wire Bristles & Soft Comfortable Handle – Perfect Cleaner & Scraper for Grill Cooking Grates

 

$6.99

 

Welder’s Gloves-

I’ve tried the silicon gloves and they get all sweaty nasty inside.  These welder’s gloves are great and economical to lift your hot grates out when there’s hot coals underneath-

B0757MZ7H2 Ibowooforrest Heavy Duty Heat and Fire Resistant Gloves Perfect for Gardening/Oven/Grill/Mig/Fireplace/Stove/Pot Holder/ Tig Welder/Animal Handling/BBQ,14 Inch Long(Red)

 

$11.99

Charcoal Caddy-

Keeps the charcoal dry and easy to pour out of.  I have a couple of these.  One I keep charcoal in and another to keep bags of wood chips and lighter cubes and match sticks.

B00HQE1QT2 Buddeez Kingsford Kadddy Charcoal Dispenser for 24 lb. Bags

 

$21.99

Galvanized ash can-

To dispose of spent ashes without worrying about lit coals igniting the woods around you or when you’re traveling and cooking out to properly dispose of spent ashes.

B01I0KURR2 Behrens High Grade Steel 6110 10 Gal Silver Galvanized Steel Dry Storage Can W/Locking Lid

 

$29.33

These are what I consider to be essentials.  What would you add to the list as essentials?

Smoked and Braised Beef Shanks on the @WeberGrills Go-Anywhere Grill

Set up the Weber Go-Anywhere for indirect smoking with a drip pan on one side under the deflector plate slot and 7 or so lit coals in the opposite corner with a bunch of unlit coals.

Purchase the BBQube deflector plate here It makes the small Weber Go-Anywhere into a perfectly capable charcoal sipping machine.  This whole cook might have used 25-30 briquettes and there were plenty left over to go longer!

A simple rub of black pepper, salt, garlic powder.

Place a cup of beef broth, sliced up red bell pepper, sliced up half onion, and pepperoni rings in the drip pan

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Goal is smoking the beef shanks for about an hour and a half between 250-275 to get color and smoke.

Wrapped the deflector plate in foil for easy clean up.

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Placed beef shanks over the side of the grill that has the slot for the drip pan and the remote temp probe in the middle of the grill.

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After an hour and a half at 250 the shanks had the color I wanted and were probing internal temps of 150 degrees F.  Pulled out the drip pan and placed the beef shanks with the beef stock and veggies in it and wrapped in foil to braise for another hour and a half.

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After an hour and a half braising all of the hard connective tissues and sinewy renders down into delicious tender fat for flavor and the bone marrow renders into the beef stock as well creating an intense beefy deliciousness.

Time to take it out-

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Time to eat!

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BBQube DEFLECTOR DEMO FOR WEBER GO-ANYWHERE

Link to purchase the heat deflector plate on Amazon- https://amzn.to/2DW5Hqw

Link to purchase the aluminum drip trays/ to go containers on Amazon- https://amzn.to/2DWsse4

They are so versatile. I use them on my kettles and also in my airfryer.

Setting Up The @WeberGrills Go-Anywhere For Deflector Plate Cooking Lamb Shanks

Trimmed the silver skin off the lamb shanks and rubbed on EVOO, minced garlic,coarse salt and pepper, rosemary and thyme.

Plan is to smoke offset the coals between 250-275 til 150 internal temp.

Link to purchase the heat deflector plate on Amazon-
https://amzn.to/2DW5Hqw

Link to purchase the aluminum drip trays/ to go containers on Amazon- https://amzn.to/2DWsse4
They are so versatile. I use them on my kettles and also in my airfryer.

http://www.goodmorninggloucester.com

Picked up two lamb Shanks at East Gloucester Stop and Shop.

Trimmed the silverskin and rubbed with EVOO, coarse salt, pepper, minced garlic, rosemary and thyme overnight in the fridge.

Setup the grill for indirect smoking using the deflector plate. See video at the top for commentary.

In the video I planned to light five briquettes in a chimney and add them to the unlit coals on the opposite side of the grill from the drip pan. What I ended up doing instead was lightning a Weber starter cube in the corner instead. Within 20 minutes I had 200 degree temps and closed the back vent and left the front vent had open. I also closed the top vent over the coals and left the top vent over the lamb open.

Then placed the Shanks on the grill with the meaty part facing away from the lit coals.

After an hour and a half they had the color I wanted.

I took the Shanks off, put them in the drip tray with the juices they lost and added some beef broth and Blueberry balsamic glaze to the tray and double wrapped it in foil to braise.

Back on the grill they will go at 275 for an hour and a half or so.

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Must Have For Any True BBQ Fan- Pro Dimpled Meat Cutting Knife

In the past I’ve struggled to get those nice even clean cuts when slicing large cuts of meat.  When watching lots of youtube and instagram videos there was one constant with what the pros were using- a dimpled slicing knife.

Didn’t know it could make such a difference but now that I’ve had one for a couple of months I can say that for $24.99 its probably the best BBQ accesory money I’ve spent all year long.

Here’s the link to the one I got

slicingknife2

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These cuts are about 3/16 inch thick and sliced perfectly and effortlessly.

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Here’s a video from when I cut the last corned beef brisket I made last week into a little thicker slices-

 

Looking Forward To Shooting A Review Video For The @WeberGrills CGA Deflector Plate With @CraigKimberley

Just ordered this deflector plate for the Weber Charcoal Go-Anywhere

Look for a video review from Craig and I once it comes in.  The deflector plate should allow for more grate real estate and a whole lot more versatility for the @webergrills portable. $19.99 with free amazon prime shipping seems like a steal.

Link to buy here on Amazon

After seeing this video which was more to feature the automatic temp control but the deflector plate is featured.-

Ribeyes, Atomic Buffalo Turds and Smashed Red Bliss Potatoes On The @WeberGrills Crate and Barrel Dove Grey Performer

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Because I wanted to reverse sear the ribeyes, I pulled out the Upper deck Grill Grate, which is one of my favorite accessories for my Webers. The Upper Deck allowed me to cook the ABTs up above the Ribeyes and smashed potatos. It gives you an extra half a grate to cook on.  It’s made out of heavy gauge stainless steel and fits perfectly.  My review on the Upper Deck here

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