Review: Killa Grilla Grate Break In Cook With Some Atomic Buffalo Turds

As a fan of the classic Weber 22 inch grill, one of the things that makes them so great is that they haven’t changed the dimensions of the bowl in decades making the aftermarket accessory market robust.

Knowing that you can restore a 30 year old grill that had been sitting in the corner of someone’s backyard for years and years to practically brand new with a little elbow grease gives confidence that you’re not buying some grill that is offered for a couple of years and then everything about it is changed up making it impossible to find parts.  There will always be the parts for a classic 22 inch Weber kettle kicking around (at least during my lifetime).

This Killa Grilla Grate is so beautifully overbuilt in stainless steel it’s just such a fantastic addition to my favorite kettle in which it will reside- the Ivory 22 at the house.

It’s literally a grate for a lifetime.

Think about how many times you go out for dinner and drinks and drop a $100 or more.  Why wouldn’t you treat yourself to something that will pay dividends for decades?

I love mine (thanks fam for the awesome Father’s Day Gift).

Every Grillfella should have one.

From last night’s break-in cook-

The details from the Killa Grilla site-

Each BBQ grill cooking grate measures 21.5″ diameter and fits 22.5″ Weber round kettle grills, replacing old and unusable cook grates.

21.5″ Round Flip Up BBQ Stainless Grill Cooking Grate- KG 7436 SNS

You asked for it, now we are producing it! Similar to our KG 7435 stainless grill grate, with (1) large side doors that allow you to add extra charcoal during cooking!!!

Each BBQ grill cooking grate measures 21.5″ diameter and fits 22.5″ Weber round kettle grills, replacing old and unusable 7435 and 7436 cook grates.

New, hand crafted, custom made heavy duty stainless steel cooking grate is made with 0.25” thick 304 stainless steel wire.
This 304 stainless steel BBQ grates will guard against corrosion and will last many years over nickel plated steel grates, guaranteed!. This unit directly replaces Weber chrome and nickel plated small wire grates that become corroded and unsafe for barbequing food.

These heavy duty 0.25″ diameter wire grates provide better searing and hold heat, allowing grill masters to complete this affordable upgrade in mere seconds. Each grill grate weighs in at a full 9 lbs!

Part number KG7436SNS

Custom Made in Nolensville, TN USA

Here’s a link to their site- http://killagrilla.com/

Brisket On The @WeberGrills Kettle Using The Snake Method

What I learned in this cook was that no matter what, you have to be patient and wait for the brisket to be probe tender.

This Brisket reached 204 degrees internal but wasn’t probe tender, enetered a stall, temps retreated even with steady 250 degree pit temps all the way from 204 back down to 189.  It wasn’t probe tender until it came back up to 195F.

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12 Pounds of Chuck For Pulled Beef Using The @SlowNSear 2.0

My lovely wife Kate got me a Slow N Sear for my 22 inch kettles and I’m finally getting around to reviewing and using it.

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Here’s the video-

The first thing you notice about it when you take it out of the box is the build quality.  It’s made out of heavy duty stainless steel and won’t be rotting away any time soon.

The main reason for getting the Slow N Sear for my purposes is for cooking large hunks of meat that take up a lot of grill space.  For this cook it was two large seven bone chuck roasts that if I was using the snake method, after about five hours the snake would wrap around and end up directly under the meat, causing fat to drip and meat to burn- no bueno.

The Slow N Sear keeps the charcoal contained to one side.  It also protects the porcelain coating on your nicer grills from having lots of coals banked up along the side with it’s heavy stainless construction.  It also keeps a nice moist cooking environment with it’s removable water pan (in the 2.0 version).  The water pan can also be removed giving you more room for coals and longer cook times without refueling.

For this cook I tried to follow the manufacturer instructions closely.  I lit a Weber starter cube in one corner and arranged about 7 coals around it.  When placing the coals around the lit starter cube be careful to not snuff out the starter cube.  I didn’t snuff it out but I could see how it could happen if you weren’t careful.

After the coals were going sufficiently I filled the rest of the Slow N Sear 2.0 with briquettes leaving a little space for some peach wood (thanks Joe Ball) and cherry wood chips.

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Next I boiled a quart of water and carefully poured it into the water pan.  it sizzled (just like the manufacturer said it would) so I’d recommend you pour it using a oven mitt in case of splatter.

After that closed the lid and let the kettle come up to 175 degrees before adjusting the vents.  I closed the top vent 1/2 way and the bottom vent about half way and later adjusted the top vent to closed about 3/4 of the way.

I started at 7:40AM and she was hovering around 225 when I put the two six pound chucks on the opposite side of the grill with foil and foil pans lining the opposite side of the charcoal grate to catch the liquid gold drippings which we’d later reincorporate into the pulled beef.

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At 10AM she was rocking along at about 250-260 and at 12:30 the temps dropped a little to the 210 range.  I still had spent coals and some that weren’t lit yet in the end of the Slow N Sear opposite the end where we initially started the coals with the starter cube.  The charcoal grate temps dropped to 210 and then 200 right around the time the chucks were entering the stall at 160 degrees F internal.  scratching my head I figured out why.  It was dropping because the spent ash needed to be knocked down.  It was restricting air flow.  This is shown in a video by Baby Back Maniac in a YouTube who shows that you clear your spent ash when you refuel.

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So I added about a third of a chimney of unlit briquettes to the Slow N Sear after knocking down the spent ash and we were back on track.

At 2:30 the chucks were at 173 degrees F internal and I wrapped them in double foil and placed them back on the kettle and opened the top vent all the way and the bottom vent about half way letting the kettle climb up to around 270-280.

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Once the chucks reached 205 I pulled them off, put them on a cutting board, poured the drippings from the foil pan and juices from inside the foil wrap into a bowl and mixed it with the beef as I shredded it.  The chucks rendered down perfectly and were all jiggly and moist and incredibly flavorful.  The guests devoured the pulled beef on rolls made by my friend Susan Lipsett and mango slaw from my Sister Felicia and Sweet Baby Rays Vidalia Onion BBQ Sauce.

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The Slow N Sear is an excellent piece of equipment.  It is well built, well designed and helps maintain temps for long cooks with large cuts of meat weather it be ribs or brisket of big slabs of chuck.

I recommend it if you cook a lot of large cuts of meat like full packer briskets or multiple pork butts.

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Smoked/Braised Ox Tail On the @WeberGrills Performer

First Season with coarse salt/pepper/garlic and whatever seasonings you like on your beef.

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Next smoke offset the coals at 275 for three hours.

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Once the oxtail has reached the color you’d like to achieve add some beef broth in the corners and cover with foil to braise.  allow to braise for at least a couple hours more or until the meat is fall apart tender.

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Salmon On The @WeberGrills Smokey Joe

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say there is no easier to prepare and cook on a kettle food that scores more impress points than salmon.

Literally a half a chimney of charcoal on one side, you spray the salmon with olive oil, hit it with salt, pepper and whatever other seasonings you might like and you place it offset the coals til it hits 150 degrees internal temp.

So easy, so sensational.  For the brothers out there- you got a date with a special lady?  Hit ’em up with this recipe,  it’s a panty dropper for sure.

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Wanna Make Your Husband Happy? Go To Fosters Grill Store And Get Him The Just Released Limited Edition Red @WeberGrills Kettle

Foster’s Grill Store 

Website

Grill store in Gloucester, Massachusetts
 Address107 Eastern Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930
Weber hasn’t produced a true red kettle in years.  They brought out a limited amount this year and they were just released!  My buddy Will got one at Fosters and brought it down for me to check out!
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Jiggle time…

Keeping It Simple- Salt-Pepper-Garlic

After Six Hours In The Smoke At 250

 

The @WeberGrills One-Touch Platinum Got The Call For The Reverse Sear Gorgonzola/ Roasted Red Pepper/ Pepperoncini Stuffed Ribeye

First make a horizontal cut in the Ribeye creating a pocket to add all our fixins.

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Chop up some roasted red peppers and pepperoncini and add your favorite seasoning.  I used Montreal seasoning, you can use whatever you like.

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Stuff it with that yummy gorgonzola and then add the peppers.

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A couple of wooden skewers to seal the pocket.  It’s a good idea to soak the skewers in water for a bit so they’re less likely to burn when we sear the steaks.

After sealing the pocket a rub with EVOO and then Montreal Steak Seasoninng.

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A full chimney of coals into the charcoal basket on one side of the kettle with a chunk of pecan for smoke.  Next place the steak on the other side of the kettle  for indirect cooking.  It will absorb some nice smoke flavoring and slowly climb internal temps.

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Once the steak hits an internal of 110, place it directly over the coals for about a minute on each side, enough to produce some nice hash marks.

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Talk about a flavor packed steak.

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