1971 David Kamenstein Inc Taiwan Is The Stamp In The Cast Iron.
It’s got no rust but needs a good cleaning from dust. Must have been in someone’s closet or basement for a long while.
First off I should say that I don’t own a Lodge Sportsman although I’ve been wanting to cook on one. The only thing that’s been holding me back from purchasing one is the lack of space and knowing that the cast iron construction would likely be completely rusted as I cook on my Weber’s all the time and the Sportsman wouldn’t get enough use to stay greasy and seasoned properly.
In this post I will attempt to point out perceived pros and cons vs a grill I know fairly well, the Weber Go-Anywhere.
If you own the Lodge Sportsman grill or Weber Go-Anywhere I’d love to hear your opinions on this review and how you agree or disagree.
One thing I’m interested in hearing about the Sportsman is if the bottom vent really controls the heat. The entire top is open without a lid or top vents so it doesn’t seem to me like opening or closing the bottom vent on the Sportsman is going to have a dramatic effect on temps.
The Go-Anywhere and it’s porcelain are obviously much easier to clean than the cast iron Sportsman and less susceptible to rust.
The Go-Anywhere’s vents can be completely closed down to snuff out coals while the Sportsman you would need to find a way to safely remove and contain the coals before moving it around.
The Go-Anywhere’s legs that lock over the lid to keep the entire grill together for transporting make it easier than the Sportsman that tilts to one side when lifting by it’s handle. The Go-Anywhere weighs much less making it more portable.
I’m guessing the Sportsman’s cast iron grates leave better sear marks than the Go-Anywhere. The Go-anywhere can be used to smoke small amounts of food by adjusting the vents with it’s lid on while the Sportsman pretty much limits you to grilling or using it to cook with a cast iron pan on top. The sport’s man does not have a lip along it’s top edge making it more even to put a cast iron pan on for cooking while the Go anywhere’s grate sits down in a groove which makes cast iron pan cooking on it doable but less even.
I know people that love their grills really love their grills. I’m really interested to hear from Sportsman fans about what I might be missing or wrong about in this comparison.
Tell me some things that the Sportsman can do that I haven’t considered better than the Go-Anywhere.
Here’s cooking a revers sear steak and sausages on the Weber Go-Anywhere-
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Kate made some great Greek inspired turkey pattys and spiralized cucumber salad.
We’ve got a pretty good thing going. Often she does the prep and I’m happy to do the grilling.
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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.
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.
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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!
Hit the leftover mashed potatos and meatloaf with smoke for about a half hour in the Lodge Cast Iron Skillet with some charcoal and mesquite wood for smoke. when the edges just start to brown up, drizzle a little Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce and Shredded Cheddar and let it all melt on in there. A winner for sure.
The same treatment is great for leftover pizza as well-let it crisp up a bit and then hit it with the Sweet Baby Rays and let it go for another ten minutes or so. Yummy!