GrillJunkie – Addiction to Grilling-What Fires YOU Up?

Blog Page

Grilling Product Reviews: Ardent Goods Short Order Cook

Ardent Goods Short Order Cook – Beautiful New Heights?

The GrillJunkie team just discovered a new accessory for our Weber Smokey Joe 14″ Grill. The Ardent Goods Short Order Cook – a mahogany prep, grill and serve table that may just lift our beloved kettle grill to new heights, literally. But did it live up to our expectations?

On a consistent basis the team here at GrillJunkie™ sets time aside to communicate our formal rating on either a Grilling, BBQ or Burger related product. We do this via our Grilling Product Reviews process. As you certainly can imagine these products run the gamut from: Gotta Have It!CoolUsefulUtilitarianRidiculous and the, well, Just Plain Asinine! The spectrum of grilling related products is wide.

Today’s Grilling Product Reviews candidate:

Ardent Goods Short Order Cook Table

Ardent Goods Short Order Cook review

The GrillJunkie™ Grilling Product Reviews (GPR) Scale

Based on our extensive field research, the GrillJunkie Product Review team assigns a formal rating to every product that we test. This rating is based on a 1-5 Firepot structure adepicted through our Grilling Product Review (GPR) scale as illustrated below. The number of Firepots given to the grilling product indicates its final rating. The higher the number of Firepots, the more positive the review.  

GrillJunkie Grilling Product Review GPR Firepot key with logo

  GrillJunkie GPR Four FirePot rating Quick Product Reviews Rating: For the more impatient reader who needs to get the rating right away, we gave the $199 Ardent Goods Short Order Cook a 4.3 out of 5 GrillJunkie™ GPR Firepots. This rating equates to a Hot product.  The product addresses and solves the problem for which it was designed via a beautifully designed, fully assembled, high quality Meranti Mahogany prep, grill and serve table that will take your Weber Smokey Joe kettle grill to new heights! For more detail on this Product Review, as well as the many upcoming Grilling Product Reviews on our schedule, read on! 

Here’s a quick overview video of the Short Order Cook Product Review:

Did the Ardent Goods Short Order Cook raise our 14″ kettle grill to new heights?

 

Ardent-Goods-wide-name-350-100Ardent Goods Short Order Cook Review – Tailgater’s Dream?

The GrillJunkie Grilling Product Reviews follow a comprehensive structure which includes the:

  • Problem that needs to be solved or addressed
  • Solution to that problem
  • Good, Bad and Ugly elements of the product
  • Verdict – the official GrillJunkie™ GPR (Grilling Product Reviews Rating)

So let’s dig in to the Short Order Cook product review.

Official Product Review and GPR

  • Problem – The way we view it, there are many benefits of owning a Weber Smokey Joe 14″ kettle grill. Mainly, this grill is well-built, portable and a great travel companion for tailgating trips, camping, trips to the beach or even keeping at home for that family meal. However, this grill can prove to be a bit frustrating when trying to find a safe, sturdy and fire-safe platform to place the grill.Ardent Goods Short Order Cook review by GrillJunkie In addition to this, having to stoop down to light and cook on it due to the grill’s height, although charmingly depicted in product brochures can get a bit burdensome after tending to the grill for more than a few minutes. The GrillJunkie team is guilty of placing ours on picnic tables, flat rocks, driveways and other less than safe and desirable spots. Where do you place the hot hood when checking on grilling foods…where do you place the tongs and/or spatula, etc.

 

  • Product’s Solution Pitch – The Ardent Goods’ approach to addressing the problem was to develop, market and distribute the handcrafted mahogany Short Order Cook grilling, preparation and serving table. According to the company’s marketing material and ad copy:
The word ardent means passionate, fierce and fiery. That’s our story, and we’re sticking to it. Our purpose is to handcraft grill furniture and related products that enable people to enthusiastically enjoy and share their time with family and friends.About 10 years ago, Carl built a beautiful cabinet to house his beloved Weber grill. (The grill itself was a wedding gift – now 30 years old and going strong … the grill and the marriage.) Friends who saw it told him he had to start making them to sell. But life was busy. With two kids, two careers in high-tech, friends and family, and a dozen hobbies between us, there was never enough time to pursue it. But, life is short …
Given our backgrounds as entrepreneurs, we re-imagined that 10-year-old grill station – updated, better looking, and cooler. We went on to prototype other grill stations inspired by the new look. After much market research, we took the leap to form a company making products that we ourselves would use and love.
Since Ardent Goods was launched in 2014, initial response to the Short Order Cook has been amazing. Every day we have ideas for accessories and enhancements that are in keeping with the Ardent Goods ethos, so our Sudbury, Massachusetts workshop is busy. But, it’s never too busy to carve out time for another grilling adventure. Happy Grilling!”

The Good – The product has a few important positive attributes. First of all, the Ardent Goods product team did indeed address the problem head on with a beautiful, well designed, well constructed, materially strong and versatile product. Under extensive product testing using various outdoor tailgating environments and even a fun trip to the beach, the hard to impress GrillJunkie team found that this grilling product:

  • Is handcrafted in the USA
  • Arrived fully assembledArdent Goods Short Order Cook review
  • Is designed with a simple folding system which allowed us to pop it open and close it up using included locking pins for upright or folded positions.
  • Is lightweight, portable and fully collapsible
  • Is made of beautiful, naturally weather resistant Meranti Mahogany
  • Was easy to store – stood vertically to take up less space.
  • Securely held our 14″ kettle grill at a convenient, flush height

The Bad – There are, however, some very minor constructive criticisms including a few more tool hangers, potential wheels for extra maneuverability, and height adjustment options.

The Ugly – We did not believe that this variable directly applied to this product. In fact, the Short Order Cook is an extremely attractive, handmade, artisan-style mahogany prep, grill and serving table that will bring your 14″ kettle grill to new heights!

Ardent Goods Short Order Cook reviewVerdict – We give the Ardent Goods’ Short Order Cook a 4.3 out of 5 GrillJunkie™ GPR Firepots. This rating equates to a Hot product.  The product brilliantly addresses and solves the problem for which it was designed in an uncomplicated, attractive, durable, and well engineered product that will prove to be a tailgater’s dream.

We look forward to any new product developments that will come from the Ardent Goods team. The future is ours to see. Stay tuned! We only have about 25 products on our Grilling Product Reviews schedule before that.

GrillJunkie 4 Firepots

    GrillJunkie Rating of Short Order Cook = 4.3 / 5.0


Saber SS 500 Top 10 Gas GrillsNext Review:  The Saber 500 SS

What are your thoughts? What Fires You Up? We welcome your comments, healthy debate, and the inevitable disagreement. Leave a reply or comment. It’s OK. Bring it on! Don’t want to miss a GrillJunkie blog post? Join our Newsletter Club or subscribe to our RSS list.

Top 10 Gas Grills 2015 : $350 and Up!

Top 10 Gas Grills 2015: $350 and Above

The GrillJunkie Top 10 Gas Grill 2015 List is out! In case you didn’t know, May is National BBQ Month! It’s time for our Top 10 Gas Grills list. Every year, every May, as the winter weather subsides and Spring has sprung our great nation pays tribute to one of America’s greatest passions and pastimes: firing up the grill, smoker or BBQ and creating a great meal for family and friends. As a tradition, each year the team here at GrillJunkie conducts a quick review of the new gas grills on the market and lists our top 10 gas grills. We are NEVER compensated for our review lists or our Grilling Product Reviews so as to protect our integrity, brand and Product Review objectivity.

Okay, so let’s dig into our list! A lot of thought and research goes into buying a grill. So before you hastily run out to the hardware or cheapest big value store it pays to be prepared.  Yes, that shiny new stainless steel grill or the one with the new side burner or light up knobs would look great on your patio and impress the neighbors, but will it perform well on a Return on Investment scale by measuring its grilling abilities and structural integrity? It is important to note that there are certain things to look for in a gas grill and that there are a lot more grills out there than you’ll find in just one big box store. As such, the GrillJunkie Grilling Product Review team has evaluated, broken down and listed what we believe are the best gas grills on the market by price category. We do this so you, our readers, can locate the perfect gas grill for your needs and not watch your hard earned money go up in flames! You may also want to peruse our article on How to Buy a Gas Grill: The 7 Keys.

Looking for our Top 10 Gas Grills List below $350? Click here

Top 10 Gas Grills 2015: $350 and Above

Are you or someone you know or love thinking of buying a new gas grill and your budget is in the $350 + up to $1,600 range? The GrillJunkie team believes that the gas grills we’ve evaluated and compiled below are the best value gas grills for you to put on your shopping list. As this is the $350 and above price level you are getting into higher quality and longer lasting grill territory. In this price range expect to end up with a better than average grill that can cook well and last around 5-10 years. You will find gas grills that put out plenty of consistent heat, are solidly built and have immense versatility. As always, with a little TLC, the obligatory grill cover and a some routine grill maintenance they should serve you well for many years and do an excellent job of grilling the basics such as steaks, burgers and hot dogs while also being fully capable of high end rotisserie and long slow, even cooking such as a grilled turkey or ham.

Number 1Top 10 Gas Grills 2015: $350 and Above

Top 10 Gas Grills Weber Spirit E-210 Gourmet BBQ System - GrillJunkieOur number 1 two years in a row. Look carefully as this is not the base Weber Spirit E-210 model. This unique grill, that we believe is offered exclusively at Home Depot for around $399 USD is a deluxe version. Look for Model #46113101. For 2015, this particular Spirit has Weber’s Gourmet BBQ Accessory System added for no extra price. This is a well built, small footprint and impressive grill with seemingly infinite grilling possibilities. Identical at its core to the standard Spirit E-210, this model has a special porcelain coated cast circular iron cooking grate with a very cool removable center piece that can be swapped out for a large number of accessories and cooking equipment including a pizza stone, wok, pancake maker, chicken roaster and a griddle. We tested this grill by preparing fajitas, skewered scallops, grilled pineapple as well as notoriously difficult to grill asparagus and were very impressed.

The Good: Pros

  • Large cooking area complemented with fold down side tables for smaller footprint
  • The Gourmet BBQ Accessory System ups the ante
  • Quality construction
  • Built in propane tank gauge

The Bad: Cons

  • 2-Burner may prove slightly less than adequate for larger family needs
  • Pre-heating took a bit longer than expected
  • Lower grades of stainless steel

Product Features List

  • Two 13,250 BTU stainless steel tubular burners
  • 360 square inches of primary cooking area with 450 square inches of total cooking area
  • 26,500 BTUs from the main burners
  • Porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates with removable center section
  • Electric (AA-Battery) cross over ignition
  • Porcelain enameled steel, stainless steel (400 series) and cast aluminum construction
  • Comes with porcelain coated cast iron griddle accessory
  • Fold down side tables
  • Hood mounted thermometer and propane tank gauge

Grilling Product Review Guide – Weber Spirit E-210 Gourmet BBQ System

The Gourmet BBQ System offered as part of the Weber Spirit E-210 grill is not only unique but a solid value. The GBS offers almost unlimited potential with most of the “must have” accessories you may ever need. Our favorites are the wok and the pizza stone. While the Spirit E-210’s griddle attachment comes as a standard feature, many other accessories are available in a price spectrum between $35 USD to $55 USD. What this special version offers is a free accessory system! For the grilling addict in search of solid value in a gas grill this is an excellent grill.

With a small footprint, this is essentially a very basic 2-burner gas grill. The 2 burners generate 26,500 BTUs of heat across 360 square inches of porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates. The extra 60 square inches of a warming rack gives a total of 450 square inches. Don’t expect this grill, however, to burn down the neighborhood as it is not a very powerful grill and the GrillJunkie team found out that preheat times are a bit long. However, we did notice that the grates hold a ton of heat, allowing for good heat transfer and temperature evenness which we felt compensated for the slightly slower than expected pre-heat times. This grill will do a very good job of grilling steaks, burgers, and chicken breasts while the complementary Gourmet BBQ system expands the horizons to pizza recipes and whole chickens, vegetables, pork loins or roasts.

As far as the temperature range is concerned, you will find it wide, so low temperature cooking is very solid which opens the avenue to low and slow BBQ cooking. The 2-burner design gives enough space to indirectly cook a whole chicken, medium sized turkey or a roast.

The construction of this grill is good but not superb. A few years back, Weber seems to have abandoned higher quality stainless steel in favor of price control at this model level, so don’t expect the durability of Weber of the past, but it is still a well made grill. Business is business. The majority of the body is solid enameled steel, a staple of Weber and something the company is very good at. If you’re tempted to upgrade to the higher priced stainless steel version, think twice as we believe you will get many more years and less maintenance agita out of this version compared to the more expensive stainless steel body paneled Spirit S-210. Oh, and don’t forget you get the Gourmet BBQ System as part of the deal! All this makes the Weber Spirit E-210 Grill with Gourmet BBQ System #1 on the GrillJunkie Top 10 Gas Grills list.

Number 2 – Top 10 Gas Grills 2015: $350 and Above

2. Char-Broil Commercial TRU-Infrared 3 Burner Model #463242515

Char-Broil Commercial TRU-Infrared 3 Burner Model #463242515This solid, well priced (circa $399) 3-burner grill has Char-Broil quality built into a medium-sized unit. In fact, this is one of Char-Broil’s best value in the medium-sized grill market space and provides a great alternative for those grilling addicts in search of a full function gas grill, while not wanting too large of a footprint. That balance comes with a the claim of infrared grilling technology, and it was certainly one of the better ones in the price category. Ideal for the weekend warrior who is looking for a solid, good looking and versatile grill, the Char-Broil Commercial TRUInfrared 3-Burner is a good value grill in a compact package.

The Good: Pros

  • Inner double layered lid helps keep in heat
  • Infrared technology minimized flare ups
  • Stainless steel burners
  • Capable of high enough heat for searing, and low enough for smoking
  • Quality construction on critical cooking components
  • Fully enclosed lower storage cabinet
  • Special cleaner/scraper designed specifically for the Commercial grills
  • High heat output, evenness and pre-heating

The Bad: Cons

  • Side burners may seem impractical to some buyers
  • Some construction is lighter weighted steel and painted

Product Features List

  • Liquid propane gas grill with fuel tank gauge included
  • 575-sq in total cooking area: 420-sq in primary and 155-sq in warming rack
  • 1-year limited grill warranty and limited-lifetime burner warranty
  • Easy-to-clean porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grates and stainless steel burner are durable
  • Three 25,500-BTU main burners and one 13,000-BTU side burner
  • Surefire electronic ignition syncs every burner for quick, reliable start-ups
  • Fixed side shelf for more prep space
  • TRU-Infrared technology for juicier food, no flare-ups and even heat
  • Fully enclosed cabinet to store your grilling accessories

Grilling Product Review Guide – Char-Broil Commercial TRU-Infrared 3 Burner Model #463242515

The GrillJunkie team found that the Char-Broil Commercial 3-Burner is a solid, well priced and basic grill. Versatility is a key asset of this grill as it is capable of a high enough heat range for searing, while the infrared emitter plates control flare ups, and the heat range is low enough for smoking. The grill’s lid is designed to retain heat via an inner double layer which we found very helpful when cooking butterfly chicken.  We appreciated the fact that you can create smoke easily by tossing food grade wood chips, chunks or pellets between the grates or off to the side. The entire Char-Broil Commercial grill lineup has durable stainless steel burners which heated quickly and retained heat well while the battery powered ignition was a step above the cheaper versions. This particular 3-Burner also features a 13,000 BTU flush mounted side burner with a hinged lid, which although we typically find  somewhat of an after thought proved powerful and sturdy enough to be very useful and convenient.

As far as the TRUInfrared design is concerned, we like the fact that coated cast iron grates lay directly on top of thin stainless steel emitter plates creating a radiant heat surface. To learn more about the claims of Infrared Grilling see our post. The emitter plates get extremely hot and radiate evenly across the grate surface. The plates are designed with several small holes per square. This design allows combusted gases up to heat the plates and grill grate while allowing some drippings down, both good for, flare up control, heat distribution and most importantly flavor. The fat from heated food drippings hit the plates and vaporize or incinerate, adding more flavor to the meat as the plates are so close to the food. Char-Broil provides a special cleaner/scraper into every box that works specifically to help clean the emitter plates.

Number 3 – Top 10 Gas Grills 2015: $350 and Above

3. Broil King Signet 70

Top 10 Gas Grills Broil King Signet 70A step above its younger and more affordable brethren, the Broil King Signet 20, the Broil King Signet 70 grill is impressive. There are a gamut of 3-burner gas grills on the market today in the under $300 USD range. Caveat emptor, however, that most are not well made nor solidly designed. The good news is that the Broil King Signet rises above the 3-burner trend and proves that it is not one of “those” grills. The burner design provides even heating complementing the heavy cast iron cooking grates creating excellent heat transfer. Under extensive use we found that the fire box design holds in precious heat very well. For those grilling junkies who are looking for diverse and versatile cooking abilities, this grill impressed us. For circa $700 USD, this grill is a superior value. Our secret shopper picked ours up at Lowe’s.

The Good: Pros

  • Impressive Dual-Tube Stainless Steel burners
  • Solidly constructed cooking components
  • Heavy and durable cooking grates

The Bad: Cons

  • Some base construction metal somewhat thin
  • Thin cast aluminum lid and body

Grilling Product Features List

  • 40,000 BTU main burner output
  • 3 stainless steel Dual-Tube™ burners
  • 15,000 BTU stainless steel rear rotisserie burner
  • Premium rotisserie kit included
  • 635 sq. in. / 4,100 sq. cm. total cooking space including porcelain coated warming rack
  • 400 sq. in. / 2,600 sq. cm. primary cooking space
  • Heavy-duty cast iron cooking grids
  • Flav-R-Wave™ cooking system
  • Flav-R-Zone™ heat partitions
  • Linear Flow™ valves with 180° Sensi-Touch™ control
  • Sure-Lite™ electronic dual-electrode ignition system
  • Deluxe Accu-Temp™ thermometer

Grilling Product Review Guide – Broil-King Signet 70

This is a powerful and well-sized gas grill. The Signet™ series is one of Broil King’s most popular gas grills, but the clincher for the GrillJunkie team was that it offers 635 sq. in. total cooking space while including a porcelain coated warming rack. With three stainless steel Dual-Tube™ burners, we were able to cook a variety of foods at the same time: a must in our test kitchen. We found the quality of the Therma-Cast™ aluminum oven high as it retained heat well and was ideal for convection grilling large roasts or in our case a very large pork loin. We found the somewhat uniquely designed firebox design provided a high, even heat that pre-heated fast. The heavy cast iron cooking grates and powerful BTU output created an impressive searing surface, while the linear flow control valves design provided excellent temperature control.

Broil-King claims some fame, and maybe even revolutionary status for it’s infinity-8 burner. Interestingly, we found that the this grill’s Dual-Tube stainless steel burners were indeed unique and lived up to their reputation. The uniqueness is that the these burners create even gas flow front to back, a feature no other tubular burner can claim, nor have we experienced. We respect the fact that the inner tube design distributes gas completely throughout its outer tube which delivers, in our case a very desired grilling feature; a very even flow of gas.

The majority of components on this grill are made to endure. Specifically, the grill’s body is a combination of cast aluminum and stainless steel. That is an important factor as we measure a certain level of Return on Investment for each grill we test. In this grill’s case, you certainly will get your money’s worth and/or “Fire bang for the Buck”.  For the price category, there are very few grills of this size that can claim and prove this kind of construction quality:value ratio.

Number 4 – Top 10 Gas Grills 2015: $350 and Above

4. Saber Cast SS500 3 Burner

We love our Saber SS 500! Priced at around $1,400 USD for those in the market for an extremely reliable, highly efficient, easy to use, unique and stately looking gas grill, this Saber SS 500 just might be the ideal grill. Don’t ignore all the nomenclature about the infrared cooking system and the 24,000 BTUs under 500 square inches of primary grilling space. What makes this particular grill one of the best for the price is that it heats quickly, gets very hot, and cooks efficiently. Those are the 3 top essentials in a grill. Whether you are a very experienced, serious griller or a novice, first time outdoor cook, you will soon learn that Saber Grills don’t flare-up and actually significantly reduce the chance of burning food. Although not a low temperature champ, we acknowledge that there is a ton of impressive engineering design, science and innovation behind the design, but to the average consumer that’s over the top, confusing mumbo-jumbo. This is an excellent, highly efficient, solidly built infrared higher end, but an excellent value.

The Good: Pros

  • Highly efficient heating – 30%
  • Impressively designed infrared technology 
  • All stainless steel is high grade 304 stainless steelSaber SS 500 Top 10 Gas Grills
  • Fast pre-heating
  • High, even heating

 

The Bad: Cons

  • Water may tend to get inside the grill and drip pan if left uncovered
  • Does not perform well at very low temperatures

 

Grilling Product Features List

  • The SABER patented infrared cooking system for superior grilling performance: IR across entire cooking surface, even temperatures, no flare-ups, 30% less propane consumption. learn more »
  • All 304 stainless steel (commercial kitchen grade), nonmagnetic
  • Strong, stable, durable construction with welded tubular cart and firebox frames
  • Shelves bolted to a tube frame provide solid work surfaces
  • 304 stainless steel burners, grate system and emitters
  • Independent zonal control, allowing a wide temperature range
  • Front access grease tray for easy cleaning
  • Simple cleanup: just burn off and brush away food debris
  • Safe, easy natural gas conversion with SABER’s exclusive EZNG technology
  • Fast assembly with 26 common fasteners
  • SABER grate cleaning tool included
  • Special Features

    • 675 total square inches of cooking area (500 primary, 175 secondary)
    • Enclosed 304 stainless steel cart and heavy duty side shelves
    • 304 stainless steel firebox exterior with seamless welded lid
    • Grate-level temperature gauges for greater accuracy
    • Three burner zones with 304 stainless steel tube burners (24,000 total BTUs, including 18,000 for side burner)
    • Dual tube side burner for greater versatility (perfect for boiling, frying, woks, skillets)
    • Push button electronic ignition at each burner for reliable start-up every time
    • Adjustable 304 stainless steel warming rack with storage and roasting positions
    • Interior halogen lights for nighttime cooking
    • Heavy duty 3-inch locking casters

     

Grill Review Guide – Saber SS 500 3-Burner Model# R50SC0012

Although the GrillJunkie team generally avoids grills covered in stainless steel, this may be an exception because the Return on Investment is off the charts on this grill. The Saber Cast 500 P has high quality stainless steel (304 grade) burners, cooking grates, infrared emitter, and control panel. The remainder of the core of the grill is enameled steel and painted cast aluminum. As for fancy features, besides the side burner and rotisserie capability, there really aren’t any, and that may not be a weakness. This is a superb 3-burner gas grill. The fact that it is infrared gives it incredible efficiency with high and even heat.

A unique design feature in this grill is that the burners are in separate boxes. This creates a situation wherein that heat generated by each burner has a heat zone of its very own. The burners focus their heat at a well placed stainless steel sheet of perforated metal placed directly under the U-shape cooking grates. The small perforations in the infrared emitter are strategically situated under the U’s in the cooking grate. What this creates is an environment wherein virtually no drippings get through and no hot air reaches the food. Grilling is performed completely by contact with the hot grates and heat radiated by the metal emitter and grates. See our article / blog on the three types of cooking.

Aside from all the grill geek technical speak, the practicality is that this is an extremely easy and safe grill to use. The specific design makes flare-ups virtually impossible. The grill grate surface gets hot enough to create grill makes and to sear a steak, however the distribution of the heat reduces the chances of foods burning. Due to the fact that the grill is completely infrared and the burner’s air flow is essentially channeled away from foods’ the result is a significant reduction of the high and dry “drying” affect that many grills can have.

Two very minor negatives come with this grill, however. We noticed the first one during a very rainy day. Although we always recommend covering your grill, we were guilty of not purchasing one for our product review. When rain fell on the hood of this grill it ran down the front and some of it dripped inside, showing up in the drip pan. The second challenge we had was attempting to grill at very low temperatures while trying to cook a demanding Brisket recipe. Admittedly not a “low and slow” BBQ grill, we were in a Brisket State of Mind and all the BBQ and charcoal grills were occupied.  This grill does not perform well at very low temperatures. Although we don’t consider this a weakness, it is important to note that Saber grills are not a mass market product and are only available through specialty retailers. See the Saber Website to find a dealer near you.

Number 5 – Top 10 Gas Grills 2015: $350 and Above

5. Weber Genesis E-330

Admittedly, the GrillJunkie team is a bit biased as we have all owned and been ecstatic with the many Weber’s across the years. So, suffice is to say that we believe the Weber Genesis line of grills are some of the best you can buy in the close to $1,000 price range and beyond. The list price for the Genesis E-330 is around $949 USD. A good price for a grill that will last a long time. However, don’t be shy and look around, do some searching online and in the aisles and you will most likely be able to find one for around $800 USD. The Genesis E-330 has a few key features that differentiate it from its brethren the E-310 and S-310.
Mainly, the Genesis E-330 is a 3 stainless steel burner grill with porcelain-enameled Flavorizer® bars, boasts a 12,000 BTU side burner and a 10,000 BTU internally mounted sear burner that Weber has trademarked Sear Station®  There are also three color options available. Other Weber models in this Genesis series come without the side burner or the sear burner. Weber_Genesis_E330_gas_grill_top_10_gas_grills

The Good: Pros

  • Solid construction of durable parts
  • Weber Support is incomparable
  • Current design ideal for 2-zone indirect cooking
  • Sear burner provides extremely high temperature capability
  • Color choices available: black only in Natural Gas

The Bad: Cons

  • Lower grades of stainless steel on some componentry
  • Slower preheat times

Product Features List

  • Three 12,666 BTU stainless steel tubular burners
  • 507 square inches of primary grilling space for a total cooking area of 637 square inches
  • 38,000 BTU maximum output from the main burners
  • 12,000 BTU standard side burner under a flush mounted cover
  • 10,000 BTU internal booster sear burner
  • Dual layer hood with double vaporization system for heat retention
  • Porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates
  • Push button electric (AA-battery) ignition
  • Constructed of cast aluminum, enameled steel and stainless steel (400 series stainless)
  • Made in the USA by the Weber-Stephen Products Company

Grilling Product Review Guide – Weber Genesis E-330

Simply put, this Weber Genesis model grill is one of the most efficient standard gas grills on the market. It is also one of the most solidly built in its class and for what you will pay for it there really isn’t a better grill value on the market. It will last forever with some TLC, a cover and some Grill Cleaning 101. While admittedly a basic, no frills gas grill, aside from the searing station the Genesis does what you want in a grill; it grills fast and hot, while being fully capable of performing difficult to perfect low and slow, indirect grilling.

Like all Genesis models, the E-330 has three stainless steel burners that line up from left to right with control knobs on the front panel. This burner configuration is relatively new. Prior to 2011 Genesis burners lined up from front to back with control knobs on the right side shelf. The current design is better for 2-zone indirect cooking and frees up the side shelf for workspace. It also includes a side burner and sear burner.

What impressed the GrillJunkie team the most was that the Genesis E-330 has a double wall porcelain enameled hood and double cart doors in. The cart is painted metal with stainless steel control panel and side shelves and four casters. The hood and shelves have cast aluminum end caps with convenient and sturdy tool hooks on the shelves. We are most impressed by the porcelain enameled cast iron cooking grates feature and porcelain enamel flavorizer bars with battery powered ignition. The E-330 LP models also come with a “Precision Fuel Gauge” located inside the cart next to the LP tank which will avoid an angry crowd due to running out of gas in front of family and friends! What’s cool is that you simply hang the tank on the fuel gauge scale and it measures the weight in 20% increments showing your approximate fuel level. For the more price conscious, please note that an E-310 model is offered that is the same as the E-330, but without a sear burner and a side-burner.

Take a gander inside the Genesis’s firebox and you will discover three burners that crank out 38,000 BTUs under and across 507 square inches of cooking space. While this may seem low as compared to other gas grills, the Weber Genesis can boast higher efficiency than most grills. However, the reduction of BTUs means that this grill will not heat up as quickly compared to Weber’s pre-2011 older models wherein the burners were placed the other way. However, the addition of the sear burner in the Genesis E-330 creates higher cooking grate temperatures than previous Genesis grills. Give yourself just a few more minutes of pre-heating time and you will be cranking out beautifully seared and tasty, perfectly seared and caramelized treats for family and friends!

The main wow factor of the Weber Genesis E-330 is its quality. With an engineering team driven by attention to detail, and incomparable Quality Control mandate that every grill gets fired up before its packaged and shipped. Add to that a 10 year warranty on virtually everything in this grill and you should count on having this great outdoor cooking tool as part of the family for at least a decade, possibly forever with a little grilling TLC.

Number 6 – Top 10 Gas Grills 2015: $350 and Above

6. Broil King Baron 5-Burner 590-S

This is a big grill with an impressive profile. This one will Top 10 Gas Grills Broil King Baron 590S GrillJunkiegrill enough for a dozen people and if that is the need for all you grilling addicts with a large family or crowd, then this is an excellent choice. For a reasonable price of $849 USD, the Baron 590-S, or as it is also known the Broil King Baron 5-Burner Stainless Steel, is a large, well built grill.

The Good: Pros

  • Dual tube burners for even heating front to back
  • Quality construction
  • Heavy cast iron cooking grates
  • A full rotisserie system, expanding the versatility of the grill

The Bad: Cons

  • Under powered side burner

Product Features List

  • 50,000 BTU stainless steel Dual-Tube burner system
  • 10,000 BTU professional inset side burner
  • 15,000 BTU stainless steel rear rotisserie burner
  • Premium rotisserie kit included
  • 805 sq. in. / 5,194 sq. cm. total cooking surface including porcelain coated warming rack
  • 555 sq. in. / 3,581 sq. cm. primary cooking surface
  • Heavy duty cast iron cooking grids
  • Stainless steel Flav-R-Wave cooking system
  • Five stainless steel Dual-Tube burners
  • Linear-Flow valves with 180° Sensi-Touch control
  • Sure-Lite electronic ignition system
  • Deluxe Accu-Temp thermometer
  • Electric (AA-battery) ignition
  • Propane tank and cover sold separately
  • Made in the USA by Onward Manufacturing Company

Grilling Product Review Guide – Broil King Baron 5-Burner 590-S

For a very respectable size/price value of around $849 USD, the Baron 590-S is an appropriately large, well built grill that cranks out great meals for a larger crowd or gathering. Please note that the GrillJunkie team advises that you buy a grill only as big as you really need, as this particularly large grill will fit the needs of only those who cook for a large gang.

Keeping in mind the size of this particular grill, this model exemplifies Broil King’s reputation of superior construction, output and features. Its 5 stainless steel burners are two tubes, one engineered by design inside the other, allowing for an even flow of gas flow from the front of the grill surface to the back. While many front to back burner gas grills suffer from uneven heating, the dual-tube burner design on the Baron 590-S model seems to compensate for that critical problem as we experienced even heat under relentless testing. While five burners require a few more than usual knobs to turn and adjust for the average weekend warrior, we found that this configuration created extremely even heat across the entire surface of the heavy cast iron grill grates.

On the down side, there is a 10,000 BTU side burner that we found awkward, lightweight and a bit under-powered for such a comparatively large main grill body. If a powerful side burner is an absolute essential, then you’ve got a deal breaker on your hands. For those of you who don’t use the side burner on your grill this isn’t much of an issue, but we felt it essential to point it out for those in the market for a sturdy and powerful side burner so as to avoid disappointment afterwards. Overall, a very impressive grill with a respectable size/price value for larger gatherings.

Number 7 – Top 10 Gas Grills 2015: $350 and Above

7. Napoleon Prestige P500 RSIB

Napoleon Grills Prestige P500 RSIB top 10 gas grillsWelcome to the prestigious grilling world of Napoleon Grills. Impressively stately, well-built and powerful with a black porcelain coated hood, this $1449 grill seemingly has everything a grilling aficionado is looking for.
We found that the Prestige Series P500RSIB Gas Grill may arguably boast a claim of a total package. In essence, this grill is a cart model grill with the capabilities of a full outdoor kitchen. With 4 main burners, 1 infrared rear burner and 1 infrared side burner we were able cook in at least 8 different ways. It was hamburger day here at GrillJunkie and the crowd was hungry. We cranked out 28 large burgers over the main burners, up to 8 burgers over the infrared side burner.

Not constructed with cheap, lower end stainless steel this grill has durable 304 stainless steel throughout. Always looking for weaknesses we found that this grill is not just durable on the outside. Under the lid we discovered the same quality stainless steel used for the tub, the tube burners, staggered sear plates and even the WAVE™ rod cooking grids. Therein lies a unique quality of this grill. The wavy design of Napoleon’s cooking grids provide even heating and prevent smaller foods from slipping between the cracks. There are 7 staggered stainless steel sear plates on the Prestige P500RSIB, providing extra surface area for any drippings from your food to vaporize, providing extra flavor. We also found that the singular design makes it easier to clean the sear plates.

The Good: Pros

  • Excellent 304 stainless steel quality construction
  • Solid, even heat
  • Fast pre-heater
  • Impressive side searing station
  • Charcoal smoking feature

The Bad: Cons

  • Full Stainless Steel version may be too feature rich for the average griller looking for basics
  • A non SS version is available
  • No Natural Gas conversion kit available. Separate NG model grill only

Product Features List

  •  78,500 BTU’s
  • 6 Burners
  • 900 sq. in Total Cooking Area
  • Premium Stainless Steel Construction
  •  Stainless Steel WAVE™ cooking grids
  • JETFIRE ignition system
  • Lift and Roll Hood

Grill Review Guide – Napoleon Prestige P500 RSIB

The Napoleon Prestige P500 RSIB is a superb high end grill. In addition to the feature rich and powerful main burner features, the generously sized side shelves are also made from high grade stainless steel. What we found convenient were the condiment or drink holders out front so nothing was ever out of reach. One side shelf also holds the infrared SIZZLE ZONE™ side burner. We found that this side burner heated in seconds to nearly 1,800°F for perfect, convenient searing. The lid and hood design held in heat for oven-like performance while we cranked out a few desserts such as the Grilled Pineapple Upside Down Cake, and we loved the option of the Smoker Tube with wood chips as we tested it by placing it over a lit burner.

Number 8 – Top 10 Gas Grills 2015: $350 and Above

8. Broil King Regal 490

Top 10 Gas Grills 2015 Broil King Regal 490This Broil King Regal 490 which retails for around $900 USD really caught the attention of and impressed the GrillJunkie team. We were impressed by the grill’s features including 695 sq. in. total cooking space including porcelain coated warming rack, reversible heavy-duty cast iron cooking grids, stainless steel Flav-R-Wave™ cooking system, 4 stainless steel Dual-Tube™ burners, stainless steel side shelves, and an enclosed cabinet base with pull-out tank drawer.

The Good: Pros

  • Quality construction
  • Heavy cast iron cooking grates
  • Wide range of optional extras
  • Grill lid seals much tighter than most grills, keeping heat in and air flow from outside to a minimum.
  • Temperature is easy to adjust and control.

The Bad: Cons

  • Handle can get a little warm if you grill for a long time so you may need a bbq mit to open the lid. Overall, an excellent grill.
  • Heat tends to not be as even as it should be but not spectacular

Product Features List

  • 50,000 BTU main burner output
  • 10,000 BTU commercial-grade side burner
  • 15,000 BTU stainless steel rear rotisserie burner
  • Premium rotisserie kit included
  • 695 sq. in. / 4,600 sq. cm. total cooking space including porcelain coated warming rack
  • 500 sq. in. / 3,225 sq. cm. primary large cook box
  • Heavy-duty cast iron cooking grids
  • Flav-R-Wave™ cooking system
  • 4 stainless steel Dual-Tube™ burners
  • Linear Flow™ valves with 180° Sensi-Touch™ control
  • Sure-Lite™ electronic dual-electrode ignition system
  • Deluxe Accu-Temp™ thermometer

Gas Grill Review Guide – Broil King Regal 490

For a bit more than the Broil King Baron 590, the Broil King Regal still offers a respectable size/price value of around $900 USD. The Regal 490 is an appropriately large, well built grill that cranks out great meals for a larger crowd or gathering. Please note that the GrillJunkie team advises that you buy a grill only as big as you really need, as this particularly large grill will fit the needs of only those who cook for a large gang.

At its core, the Broil King Regal 490 PRO is an upgraded mid-size model that stands tall among the Regal Series. This grill is powered by four 12,500 BTU main burners, a 15,000 BTU stainless rear rotisserie tube burner and a 10,000 BTU side burner. The grill head is made of stainless steel while the hood end caps are cast aluminum.  Impressively, a rotisserie kit is included.

Now let’s take a look at the grilling surface. The grill’s cooking grates are impressively heavy cast iron . The company boasts that the Flav-R-Wave heat tents blanket the bottom of the deep firebox, and we found that this system minimizes flare ups while not fully suppressing the flavorful benefits of sizzling drippings and radiating searing heat. We tested the merits of the deep cook box and high hood and found that this design enhances roasting.

Keeping in mind the size of this particular grill, this model exemplifies Broil King’s reputation of superior construction, output and features. Its stainless steel burners are two tubes, one engineered by design inside the other, allowing for an even flow of gas flow from the front of the grill surface to the back. While many front to back burner gas grills suffer from uneven heating, the dual-tube burner design on the Regal 490 model seems to compensate for that critical problem as we experienced even heat under relentless testing. While five burners require a few more than usual knobs to turn and adjust for the average weekend warrior, we found that this configuration created extremely even heat across the entire surface of the grill grates.

On the down side, there is a 10,000 BTU side burner that we found awkward, lightweight and a bit under-powered for such a comparatively large main grill body. If a powerful side burner is an absolute essential, then you’ve got a deal breaker on your hands. For those of you who don’t use the side burner on your grill this isn’t much of an issue, but we felt it essential to point it out for those in the market for a sturdy and powerful side burner so as to avoid disappointment afterwards. Overall, a very impressive grill with a respectable size/price value for family gatherings.

Number 9 – Top 10 Gas Grills 2015: $350 and Above

9. Weber Genesis S-330

The Weber Genesis line of grills are the best of this well known brand that you can buy in this price range. The list price is $1,099 USD but you can typically find it for around $950 USD. What you get with the S-330 is a solid powerhouse of a three burner grill, a 12,000 BTU side burner, and a 10,000 BTU internally mounted sear burner. Other models in this series come without the side burner or the sear burner. You decide which configuration works for you and buy only what you need. The only issues we had are with the longer than usual pre-heating time and the lower end of stainless steel.Weber_Genesis_S330_gas_grill_top_10_gas_grills

The Good: Pros

  • Efficient heat design
  • Solid construction of durable parts
  • Weber Support
  • Sear burner provides extremely high temperature capability

The Bad: Cons

  • Low grades of stainless steel throughout
  • Slower preheat times
  • Under-powered side burner

Product Features List

  • Three 12,666 BTU stainless steel tubular burners
  • 507 square inches of primary grilling space for a total cooking area of 637 square inches
  • 38,000 BTU maximum output from the main burners
  • 12,000 BTU standard side burner under a flush mounted cover
  • 10,000 BTU internal booster sear burner
  • Push button electric (AA-battery) ignition
  • Stainless steel rod cooking grates
  • Constructed of cast aluminum and stainless steel (400 series stainless)
  • Dual layer hood with double vaporization system for heat retention
  • Made in the USA by the Weber-Stephen Products Company

Grill Review Guide – Weber Genesis S-330

In 2011 Weber redesigned their popular line of Genesis grills. The burners, which used to run parallel to the front of the grill, with controls on the right side table, now run perpendicular to the front of the grill with the controls in the front. Now, after 25 years, the Weber Genesis grill is designed much more like all the other grills on the market, at least as far as the burner design goes. This wasn’t a hasty decision by Weber, but after three years of development, the new Genesis grill is a much more efficient product line. The good news is that this grill really hasn’t changed the way the grill cooks.

This grill is one of the most efficient standard gas grills on the market as well as one of the best built. For the price there really isn’t a better grill on the market, and while this is a basic, no frills gas grill it does what it was designed to do, grill hot and fast while giving you the ability to perform low, indirect grilling….something not every grill can claim.

The three burners inside the firebox put out only 38,000 BTUs under 507 square inches of cooking space or about 75 BTUs per square inch. While this is low when compared to other gas grills, the key differentiation is that the efficient design holds in heat. The problem is that with just the main burners, it takes longer to preheat than more powerful grills. The sear burner is going to give you fantastic searing heat, but note that that feature is only on the left side of the grill. This sear burner is simply an additional, standard burner built inside the firebox between the center and left burners. This boosts the heat output on this side of the grill giving you an intense heat for searing. Plan on letting this grill heat up for a good 20 minutes before it hits high temperatures.

What really makes the Weber Genesis S-330 stand out is its quality. The attention to detail that takes 3 years to change the burner design can be seen in every part of this grill. This means that everything on this grill works, and since there is a 10 year warranty on virtually everything in this grill you can rely on it to last for at least a decade. This model includes a 12,000 BTU side burner under a flush mounted cover on the right side table and a slightly less than powerful 10,000 BTU sear burner.

Number 10 – Top 10 Gas Grills 2015: $350 and Above

10. Modern Home Products WNK4

Top 10 gas grill Modern Home Products WNK4Here’s a great grill of which most folks may not be aware. And be prepared for some nostalgia which brings back great memories with friends and family! But note that this is not your grandfather’s grill! Modern Home Products introduced the first gas grills to America back in 1960. Made with cast aluminum, Modern Home Products grills had a great reputation and were known to withstand harsh outdoor conditions. For those who remember, these grills were virtually rust proof. A few members of the GrillJunkie team were, and still are still owners. There is something about being able to boast about the age of a grill and how it is still around firing up the weekend meal.
In the early 1960s the cast aluminum design was fairly commonplace and especially for MHP this design was considered the rule of business and manufacturing rather than the exception. In recent years MHP, seemingly has a closer ear to the trends of the times and changing consumer demands. They introduced stainless steel grills but kept the core of their cast aluminum models. We love that! Note that aluminum grills are still made by a few other companies such as PGS right here in the USA.
Although MHP makes a large, newer styled stainless grill, the WNK4 priced between $800-$900 is the largest model that retains their classic design. Made with cast aluminum, it is practically indestructible. It will withstand harsh weather, abuse, and true its past, will never rust. The cast aluminum housing of the cooking chamber is impressively hefty, thick and solid. The unique “Stay Kool” handle is a perforated stainless steel tube not a cheaply disguised rolled spring. We love the feeling and assurance that the handle rolls freely within its side mountings as you lift.
When we removed the grate we found notches on the front and back of the grill body which we discovered are built-in shish kabob skewer holders. In opposition of using metal flavor bars over the top of the burners, MHP leverages “Flavor Master” porcelain briquettes which rest on a porcelain coated grate just above the burners.
This grill boasts one large, 40,000 BTU stainless steel “H” burner. In essence, the design is two burners fused together with two controls for zone cooking. Temperature range is 300°F to 550°F. The WNK4 has two NuStone (faux stone) shelves or two stainless steel fold down shelves. Electronic ignition is battery powered. Most MHPs come with built in “heat indicators”. We’re not big fans of bi-metallic thermometers or “heat indicators” and as such highly recommend you purchase a digital thermometer. Another very intriguing feature is the fact that MHP grill heads can be built into permanent installations or mounted on a variety of posts, columns, and carts. The warranty is almost unbeatable and provides Limited Lifetime Warranty on housings, control panel, stainless steel burners, cooking racks and Sear Magic Grids with a 5 Year Warranty on IR burners and porcelain briquettes. 1 Year Warranty on igniter, gas valves, knobs, NuStone shelves and briquette grates.

The Good: Pros

  • Solid construction of cast aluminum
  • High and even heat output
  • Full function gas grill with side burner and rotisserie system
  • Lighted control panel and attached grill light

The Bad: Cons

  • Heavy lid
  • Built in heat indicators inaccurate
  • Add on’s and accessories may prove expensive

Product Features List

  • 642 square inches of total cooking area
  • 40,000 BTU rated per-hour input
  • 5/16″ 2-piece stainless steel cooking grids
  • Stainless steel swing-away warming rack
  • High profile lid to handle all rotisserie functions, accommodating large cuts of meats and big Tom turkeys
  • Patented “H” Stainless Steel Dual Burners
  • FlavorMaster™ Porcelain Briquettes
  • Electronic Ignition
  • Sta-Kool Stainless Steel Handle
  • Built-in Heat Indicator

Gas Gill Review Guide – Modern Home Products WNK4

Here’s a great grill of which most folks may not be aware. And be prepared for some nostalgia which brings back great memories with friends and family! But note that this is not your grandfather’s grill! The MHP WNK4 is a unique, nostalgic and ultra durable grill. Modern Home Products introduced the first gas grills to America back in 1960. Made with cast aluminum, Modern Home Products grills had a great reputation and were known to withstand harsh outdoor conditions. For those who remember, these grills were virtually rust proof. An impressive grill to consider.

Take a peak at our Top 10 Gas Grills under $350 as well.
_________________________

What are your thoughts? What Fires You Up? 

We welcome your comments, healthy debate, and the inevitable disagreement. Leave a reply or comment. It’s OK. Bring it on! Don’t want to miss a GrillJunkie blog post? Join our Newsletter Club or subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Tailgating with the New Char-Broil Kettleman Charcoal Grill

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Char-Broil for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Did the New Char-Broil Kettleman Fire Up Our Tailgate?

Tailgating is an all-season, full-throttled and addicive adventure for the team here at GrillJunkie. No Tailgating and Grillingmatter the occasion, event or time of the year, we’re out there celebrating our love of food, sports and the great outdoors with family and friends. Now, we are the first to confess that although we tailgate year-round as part of our lifestyle, there is nothing quite like the thrill and anticipation of a fresh, new grilling season. Spring has sprung, temperatures are rising, and thoughts of Summertime cookouts and time spent with friends and family are simmering.

 

New Grilling Season – New Stuff to Try!

A new grilling season brings with it a gamut of tailgating opportunities from baseball’s opening day through to the end of football season, and every event, holiday and casual summer weekend. Believe it or not we’ve even tailgated at an outdoor chess tournament! True story. In Char-Broil Kettleman reviewany case, what’s a tailgate without the anticipation of firing up the grill and experiencing that unmistakable aroma of delicious food grilled up to caramelized perfection on an outdoor grill?

As the GrillJunkie team grows, so do the sizes of the many group events and tailgate parties that we attend. In most cases, we are preparing food, marinating meats, creating side dishes, drinks and desserts for as many as 50+ family and friends. What we quickly realized this past week, however, is that although we have plenty of gadgets and grills on hand to easily manage a growing crowd, we have too many so-called “portable” grills and a ridiculous amount of very large and bulky commercial units.

The portables, albeit small and convenient, just don’t pack the power to meet the demands of a demanding crowd, while the commercial grills are way over the top for a gathering of family and friends. We needed to find a good-sized, yet portable, kettle-style grill that could create a fast lighting, hot and long-lasting fire for a crowd that craves that authentic, smoky and unmistakable taste and aroma of food cooked on a charcoal grill.

Char-Broil Kettleman Grill reviewAs charcoal purists more akin to a classic kettle-style grill, we kept our eyes open for something unique that was possibly more efficient and easier to use. What we found was Char-Broil’s latest breakthrough: The New Char-Broil Kettleman 22.5” Charcoal Grill (MSRP $129). We’ve learned that this grill is available both at Lowe’s and www.charbroil.com.

Quick Overview – Did it Fire Us Up?

We broke out a few of our essential tools and put the grill to the test! While the shape was mostly familiar, the GrillJunkie team found that the Char-Broil Kettleman is not your traditional, A few essential GrillJunkie tools!utilitarian charcoal kettle grill. For what we thought was an awesome price point of around $129.00 (USD), we found that it is packed with some cool and useful features that give this gang of backyard barbecue enthusiasts and addicts better control over much of the cooking process. Here’s a quick list of a few features and benefits:

  • High Quality and Cool Design We found the quality of this grill high while the hinged design, solid construction and easy assembly were very beneficial and convenient.
  • Hinged, Latching Lid – The Char-Broil Kettleman has a hinged, latching lid that never had to touch the ground during our grilling experience and made moving the grill around easy and safe.
  • Overall Control – We found some great features that gave us more control (over temperature, flare-ups and clean-up)
  • Temperature Control – We found that heat management was very easy with a Char-Broil Kettleman grilllarger sized, cool-touch damper on the grill lid. Air vents around the body of the kettle allow air to fuel the fire from all sides, providing even heat to the cooking surface.
  • Flare-Up Control – A porcelain coated no-fall-through grate allows charcoal flavor through while keeping flames away from food. We like to add smoky flavor to our charcoal while grilling and found that the chips can easily be thrown on the grate and small foods like shrimp or asparagus will never fall into the fire.
  • Efficient Charcoal Control – The Kettleman is designed to grill twice as many burgers with the same 50 briquettes as the leading kettle. We found this to be a great benefit as we used far less charcoal than expected and noticed that the grill stayed warm for a lot longer after the grilling was over.
  • Ash Control – Cleanup and maintenance was as simple as pie with a cool slide-in, porcelain-coated ashtray that fits tight against the grill.
  • Stability Control – We found that the grill’s wide stance, heavy-gauge steel legs added stability and eased mobility. A bottom shelf doubles as a holder for the cooking grate, charcoal starter or other accessories.

Char-Broil Kettleman Grill

learn more about the Kettleman grill

Visit Sponsors Site

Grilled Shrimp Recipes with Mango Salsa

Grilled Shrimp Recipes w/ Mango Salsa

The GrillJunkie team cranked up the coals and fired up one of our easy, fast and flavorful Grilled Shrimp Recipes!  A great dish choice for casual weeknight entertainment, this one ups the ante and spice a bit as we serve it skewered, or kebab style, and with a delicious mango salsa. This recipe is also a great option for those respecting their faith during the Lenten season. For those who may be looking for an alternative to shrimp, a nice substitute would be salmon fillets. Serve the skewers with basmati rice and an avocado-orange salad. Serves 4.

grilled shrimp kebab recipesThis Grilled Shrimp recipe uses an easy, ancient and fun grilling method.  If you’re not familiar with kebabs, it’s time to get familiar with this simple yet ancient cooking dish and technique. We enjoy grilling kebabs for their ease, versatility and amazing results. The different ingredient combinations offer “boatloads” of tasty possibilities, which is especially helpful when feeding a crowd. This Grilled Shrimp Kebab recipe features global flavors from the Mediterranean and Caribbean regions, Asia, and America. This unique dish makes a nice supper when served on a bed of rice pilaf accompanied by sautéed zucchini and summer squash.

First Up: What is a Kebab?

Grilled tuna kebabsKebab, also spelled kebap, kabob, or kabap, is a Middle Eastern, Eastern Mediterranean, and South Asian dish of pieces of meat, fish, or vegetables roasted or grilled on a skewer, stick or spit. Despite some misgivings, kebabs have been popular for a very long time. Archaeologists in Greece have unearthed firedogs dating back to the 17th century BC that had notches carved in them, possibly to support skewers over an open fire. The term kabap comes much later though, traced back to at least the 17th century (some stories claim the word was originally used in Turkey to describe how soldiers fire-roasted meats that they’d skewered on swords).

The term kebab, originated in the Eastern Mediterranean, where it is mentioned by Homer, or the Middle East, and later adopted in Central Asia and by the regions of the former Mongol Empire and later Ottoman Empire, before spreading worldwide.

In American English, kebab typically refers to shish kebab (Turkish: şiş kebap) cooked on a skewer, whereas in Europe it refers to doner kebab, sliced meat served in a pita. In the Middle East, however, kebab refers to meat that is cooked over or next to flames; large or small cuts of meat, or even ground meat; it may be served on plates, in sandwiches, or in bowls.Grilled tuna kebabs

The traditional meat for kebab is lamb, but depending on local tastes and religious prohibitions, other meats may include beef, goat, chicken, pork or heartier fish and seafood such a tuna or shrimp. Like other ethnic foods brought by travellers, the kebab has remained a part of everyday cuisine in most of the Eastern Mediterranean and South Asia.

In theory, meat on a stick is an incredible idea—fast to cook, easy to eat, and completely open to great flavor possibilities. But far too many kebabs fall flat, coming out dry, tasteless, and nowhere near their full potential. After many years of grilling and lots of trial and error, though, the GrillJunkie team has found ways to make consistently delicious kebabs. Follow these methods and there’s no risk of making your guests suffer through subpar kebabs at your next backyard barbecue.

Grilled Shrimp Recipes w/Mango Salsa


Serves: 4 | Prep time: 30 minutes | Grilling time: 12 minutes| Special equipment: Skewers, small bowl, small saucepan
Read More →

Grilled Tuna Kebabs : Stick Grilling

Grilled Tuna Kebabs : Heaven on a Stick

This is our GrillJunkie recipe for making unforgettably flavorful and eye-appealing Grilled Tuna Kebabs. If you’re not familiar with kebabs, it’s time to get familiar with this simple yet ancient cooking dish and technique. We enjoy grilling kebabs for their ease, versatility and amazing results. This recipe is also a great option for those respecting their faith during the lenten season. The different ingredient combinations offer “boatloads” of tasty possibilities, which is especially helpful when feeding a crowd. This Grilled Tuna Kebab recipe features global flavors from the Mediterranean and Caribbean regions, Asia, and America. This unique dish makes a nice supper when served on a bed of rice pilaf accompanied by sautéed zucchini and summer squash.

First Up: What is a Kebab?

Grilled tuna kebabsKebab, also spelled kebap, kabob, or kabap, is a Middle Eastern, Eastern Mediterranean, and South Asian dish of pieces of meat, fish, or vegetables roasted or grilled on a skewer, stick or spit. Despite some misgivings, kebabs have been popular for a long, long time. Archaeologists in Greece have unearthed firedogs dating back to the 17th century BC that had notches carved in them, possibly to support skewers over an open fire. The term kabap comes much later though, traced back to at least the 17th century (some stories claim the word was originally used in Turkey to describe how soldiers fire-roasted meats that they’d skewered on swords).

The term kebab, originated in the Eastern Mediterranean, where it is mentioned by Homer, or the Middle East, and later adopted in Central Asia and by the regions of the former Mongol Empire and later Ottoman Empire, before spreading worldwide.

In American English, kebab with no qualification refers to shish kebab (Turkish: şiş kebap) cooked on a skewer, whereas in Europe it refers to doner kebab, sliced meat served in a pita. In the Middle East, however, kebab refers to meat that is cooked over or next to flames; large or small cuts of meat, or even ground meat; it may be served on plates, in sandwiches, or in bowls.Grilled tuna kebabs

The traditional meat for kebab is lamb, but depending on local tastes and religious prohibitions, other meats may include beef, goat, chicken, pork or heartier fish and seafood such a tuna or shrimp. Like other ethnic foods brought by travellers, the kebab has remained a part of everyday cuisine in most of the Eastern Mediterranean and South Asia.

In theory, meat on a stick is an incredible idea—fast to cook, easy to eat, and completely open to great flavor possibilities. But far too many kebabs fall flat, coming out dry, tasteless, and nowhere near their full potential. After many years of grilling and lots of trial and error, though, the GrillJunkie team has found ways to make consistently delicious kebabs. Follow these methods and there’s no risk of making your guests suffer through subpar kebabs at your next backyard barbecue.

5178a51a0f38d64529204dc380accbe1a0fb80bf817eacad52

Grilled Tuna Kebab Recipe


Serves: 4 | Prep time: 30 minutes | Grilling time: 12 minutes| Special equipment: Skewers, small bowl, shallow pan
Read More →