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  • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
    Club Member
    • Jun 2018
    • 952
    • Eastern NC
    • 2018 MAK 2 Star
      Charbroil Big Easy SRG

    #16
    Just a few further thoughts (I'll add to them after I get a little more familiar with it and also try to use it as a smoker)...

    1. It's well made, minimal things that can easily break. However I am a bit sad there's already scratches on the handle just from removing the protective plastic with my fingernail. BUT, at the end of the day it's a travel grill... I'm gonna do way worse to this thing over its lifetime.
    2. Weekday cooks are still gonna be done on my MAK. I may use this to sear a steak now and then, but when I add a gasser that will be the go to. This has nothing to do with the PK, it's just the nature of charcoal. Startup time to being able to grill the cheese was roughly the same as what my MAK would take to get to 550+. However, it's the tail end of the deal that makes this a weekend only cooker for me. The pellet grill, I burn only as much fuel as I need to, then shut it down and it's done. This thing, I feel like I'm wasting a little bit... not that these briquettes cost all that much, but still.
    3. I'm looking forward to doing a pork butt, but I'm not so sure how grease management works on this thing. I feel like it might roll out the front if you did something like a pork butt or wagyu burgers.
    4. The air management is super simple and everything moves freely. The charcoal responds extremely quick to any changes, which isn't something I remember when I was using a knock off brand kettle.
    5. I can probably bring this to work and feed 20 people burgers with the flip kit, I can definitely do a spatchcock chicken, and maybe even a medium sized turkey. Once I get more comfortable with temp management, I could even do a nice prime rib roast.

    Obviously I'm more or less a novice to charcoal since I haven't used it in 20+ years, so some issues I have are gonna be on me.

    Bottom line, this thing rocks. It's not super expensive when you consider the warranty on the important parts of the grill and it seems to have lots of versatility.

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    • BBQPhil
      Club Member
      • Sep 2017
      • 333
      • San Diego, CA
      • Yoder480, BGE, WeberGO, WeberGas

      #17
      How are you breaking the grill and grates in?

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      • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
        ItsAllGoneToTheDogs commented
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        I coated the grates with cooking spray and just let 'er rip. PK didn't have any seasoning instructions in the manual which I suspect is because it's cast aluminum, and the only difference in materials with the regular PKs is the cooking grates so I figured I'd treat it just like a pre-seasoned cast iron pan.
    • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
      Club Member
      • Jun 2018
      • 952
      • Eastern NC
      • 2018 MAK 2 Star
        Charbroil Big Easy SRG

      #18
      A few things to note from todays rib experiment linked at the bottom of this post...

      1. If you are gonna use it as a smoker, you probably need a chimney starter. I've tried 3 times now and can't get coals lit evenly.
      2. This thing needs to be on a flat level surface, or maybe even slightly unlevel towards the rear. With just a single rack of ribs and even with foil on the bottom I had grease dripping out the front vents. I have a super greasy cook experiment tomorrow and I'm debating on putting some loaf pans under the cooking grate.

      Neither of these are issues if using the thing for camping, since you don't care if a little grease spills out and you probably aren't doing a super greasy smoked protein in the woods.

      https://pitmaster.amazingribs.com/fo...86#post1021686

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      • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
        Club Member
        • Jun 2018
        • 952
        • Eastern NC
        • 2018 MAK 2 Star
          Charbroil Big Easy SRG

        #19
        Just 'cause you can doesn't mean you should... but I wanted to throw a curveball at the PKGO. I got temps to hold at 240ish, and rotated this pork butt every 30 minutes. Went 4 hours before I chucked it on the MAK where it will finish. If I had a more square or smaller butt I think I could have gone the whole way but the edges on this guy were cooking too fast compared to the center.

        So now I know a smoked butt is NOT out of the question for this little cooker. Just get one that works with the grill and not a massive one like I did this time

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        • BBQPhil
          Club Member
          • Sep 2017
          • 333
          • San Diego, CA
          • Yoder480, BGE, WeberGO, WeberGas

          #20
          I've done some fish and steaks on mine with good results. A few observations. Takes longer to get to 600F than my M16 and because it's much smaller, it's indirect area is affected by the direct area. It seals well and works well with a Meater+ in the steak or fish. It's a pain to empty the charcoal dust. May try lining with foil. The grill is well made and fits nicely on my Keter prep table. Overall a very nice product, but for most meals will use the M16.

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          • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
            ItsAllGoneToTheDogs commented
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            I just dump the ash into my firepit, but I hear ya... Also if it's not on a level surface juices run out the front lower vents. I thought about lining with foil, but I was concerned about blocking the air flow. Regardless of some minor issues, it's perfect for camping or a tail gate... it's also fairly capable for some home use. I'm gonna keep pushing it past its limits because it's fun, but it will get some solid realistic use around the house.
        • TripleB
          Club Member
          • May 2017
          • 965
          • La Crescenta
          • Jambo Backyard Smoker
            Weber Smokey Mountain (22" & 18.5")
            Portable Kitchen 360
            Portable Kitchen Grill
            Pit Barrel Cooker
            Weber "Brownie" Circa 1978 22"
            Weber Gas Grill, Silver A
            BBQ Guru ATC
            Favorite Beer: Peroni
            Favorite Sports Teams: Rams, Dodgers, Kings, UCLA Bruins

          #21
          Nice little grill. I’ve been impressed with the quality and ability of the PK’s. I have an original and a 360. One thing I see on your GO is a port for probes on the backside. Wish my PK’s had that. Maybe that will be a future upgrade. Congrats on your purchase.

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          • johnjohn
            Banned Spammer
            • Jun 2021
            • 13
            • sweden

            #22
            Sweet! They have one at the Ace Hardware close to me and it looks amazing. Congratulations and welcome back to the charcoal club.

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            • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
              ItsAllGoneToTheDogs commented
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              It's been a fun little grill so far. I'm thinking of fabricating something like a slow n sear for it to make charcoal management easier for larger proteins, but a few foil balls works decently right now too. You should grab one, the hibachi aspect for guests is quite fun too!

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