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Sneak Peek: UPDATED Review - Masterbuilt Gravity Series 560 Grill + Smoker!

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  • Smoking77
    Club Member
    • Mar 2017
    • 309
    • Los Angeles

    #16
    Excellent review, Huskee! Looks like a really fun cooker.

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    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      Thanks pal!
  • dahcopilot
    Club Member
    • Jan 2018
    • 121
    • trent woods, nc

    #17
    good review! interesting idea, who makes the 1050 that keeps being mentioned?

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  • Potkettleblack
    Club Member
    • Jun 2016
    • 1961
    • Beautiful Downtown Berwyn
    • Grill: Grilla Original / Weber Genesis EP-330 / OK Joe Bronco Drum
      Thermometers: Thermapen / iGrill 2 / Fireboard
      For Smoke: Chunks / Pellet Tube / Mo Pouch
      Sous Vide: Joule / Nomiku WiFi (RIP Nomiku)
      Disqus: Le Chef - (something something something) - it changes

    #18
    Great review Huskee. I actually found it on the free site earlier today, as Masterbuilt has been hitting my social media fairly heavy with the Gravity Guy. I dig it. Very curious.

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    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      I hope they tout our review, it's well deserved.

    • Potkettleblack
      Potkettleblack commented
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      I touted it to them, so maybe...
  • Henrik
    Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
    • Jul 2014
    • 4287
    • Stockholm, Sweden

    #19
    Thanks Huskee! Great review, very enjoyable read. It sure seems to be a fun cooker. I really like the whole concept, and at a very affordable price.

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    • Henrik
      Henrik commented
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      Ok, now I have. Great fun, love that cooker! Will do a few more cooks on it. Spent all day yesterday with it, the hours just flew by.

    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      It's almost too fun and easy for Grade A flavor, isn't it?

    • Henrik
      Henrik commented
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      Exactly! Huskee
  • Driverdan
    Club Member
    • Mar 2016
    • 25
    • Just moved from the Sierra foothills of CA to Fort Mohave, AZ

    #20
    I started researching pellet poopers because of the SmokeFire. During the process I discovered the Grilla, Camp Chef, and new Cuisinart Woodcreek. Then the MB GF560 appeared! Asked AmazingRibs if they were going to review both the MB and the Cuisinart, they said they already had both and were in the process of testing the MB. Being so impatient, I ruled out the Weber, Camp Chef, and Grilla, hoping Huskee would validate my decision to purchase the 1050!!
    I thought I wanted a pellet cooker because of convenience, and the improved smoke flavor many were able to achieve, but now I can have charcoal and wood smoke with the convenience of a pellet cooker! Charcoal and wood are definitely cheaper than pellets, also. My 1050 should arrive soon and I intend to cook on it much more often than I do on all my other smokers/grills.

    Sure, gravity feed cookers have been around since Stumps started building theirs in 2007, but MB has changed the game with the controller and I believe we are seeing the birth of another new niche in barbecuing.

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    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      Congrats! I totally agree. I bet there's a few makers who for months now have been holding weekly staff meetings and having their design teams draw up some plans. MB might be the first but they won't be the last to employ this great concept. I wouldn't be surprised if we see more in the near future. No I'm not hinting at some insider knowledge, just a hunch.
  • Steve R.
    Club Member
    • Jul 2016
    • 2310
    • Elizabethtown, KY
    • Current line-up of cookers: Weber 26" kettle w/ SnS and BBQ Guru adapter; Weber Smokey Mountain 22" w/ Guru adapter.

    #21
    GAH!!! Just when I had convinced myself that I had beaten MCS and have everything I need.

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    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      A wise man once said "resistance is futile".

    • jhapka
      jhapka commented
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      Steve R. I feel your pain. I just finally got a fireboard and fan. It was the last thing on my list. Now I see this. It would be a totally redundant cooker but it’s so cool.
  • iplayoutside
    Former Member
    • May 2020
    • 1

    #22
    This review was posted literally 24 hours after I had bought one from Masterbuilt.
    Makes me feel good about my purchase
    Thanks!

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    • Steve R.
      Steve R. commented
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      So, the opposite of buyer's remorse. Nice! 😀

    • iplayoutside
      iplayoutside commented
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      @Huskee,
      As someone who is still getting their feet (but not wood!) Wet, would you recommend trying the ribs first for the 560?

    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      At 5-7hrs, ribs are about half the cook time as a pork butt or a brisket, so yeah that's a great way to ease into a low & slow cook. Pork butt is the most forgiving and hardest to mess up, but ribs are the quickest.
  • juliagomez2244
    Former Member
    • May 2020
    • 4

    #23
    Excellent review I really liked this grill, I already have a great one for family barbecues but it doesn't hurt to have another one haha

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    • Huskee
      Huskee commented
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      You got that right!
  • Tarley
    Club Member
    • Dec 2015
    • 3
    • Bedford Texas

    #24
    Been cooking a long time, many different smokers. They all have great things about them. I have to say, the Masterbuilt 560 is a work horse, allows for great brisket, great sear and awesome smoke flavor. Would buy over a pellet any day of the week.

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    • Tarley
      Club Member
      • Dec 2015
      • 3
      • Bedford Texas

      #25
      Brisket on Masterbuilt 560.
      Attached Files

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      • Smoking77
        Smoking77 commented
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        Wow

      • DavidNorcross
        DavidNorcross commented
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        Nice

      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        Wow, nice pics! I agree. The look and taste of everything that's come off of it is all charcoal+wood, which to me = real BBQ flavor. It might have a fan and a digital control but the fuel is the real deal.
    • jecucolo
      Club Member
      • Nov 2015
      • 1246
      • Schertz Texas
      • Pit Barrel Cooker
        Slow 'n Sear for 22" Kettle
        Weber 22" Kettle (Craiglist)
        Slow 'n Sear for 22" Kettle
        Weber Rapid Fire Chimney
        Maverick ET-732
        Kingsford Original Charcoal
        Kingsford Competition Charcoal
        Anova Sous Vide

      #26
      Great write up. Love the details you get into!
      This just might be my next grill.

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      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        Thank you sir!
    • zero_credit
      Club Member
      • Mar 2020
      • 258
      • Near Chicago, IL
      • Current Pride and Joy:

        Masterbuilt Gravity 560

        Old (sold) Loves:

        PBC
        Weber 22" Premium

        Thermometers:

        Inkbird

        Preferred Charcoal:

        B&B Charlogs

      #27
      Huskee,

      Thank you for an excellent review! Really appreciated! I'm glad your experiences with the smoker match up with mine, as this is just fun to use. I've been anxiously checking the site for when it would be live.

      I know for review purposes, you probably can't make any changes to stock build. However, now the review it out, I'd recommend foiling the top of the hopper to avoid the creosote build-up you mentioned, and you can go wireless with a battery pack!

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      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        Great tips! It doesn't draw much juice, nothing like a pellet cooker would, just a small fan.
    • M249saw
      Club Member
      • Apr 2018
      • 14
      • Northern NJ

      #28
      Great review! I read that it’s not very water resistant. How does cooking with it fare in the rain? I trust your judgements but unfortunately I do not have any kind of outdoor shelter. I suppose I could get a pop up tent but the wind around my house has been known to take them away and or shred them.

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      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        No outdoor shelter here either, it's held up to very heavy use over the last 2-3 months in literally all weather from monsoon rain to snow, sleet, hail and hot sun. I cover it when cooled down, that's it.
    • LA Pork Butt
      Charter Member
      • Dec 2014
      • 5347
      • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

      #29
      Your review stirred my MCS, but the uncertainty of a 225 12-14 hour long cook without reloading gives me pause.

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      • rickgregory
        rickgregory commented
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        Honest question, though: How often do you do a cook that's 12+ hours where a) you never look at it and b) you're not around TO look at it?

        That caught my eye too, but then I thought about it... if I plop a hunk of meat on late night so it's done at lunch, that means at, say, 11pm. But I'm up at 7-8AM, well under 12 hours. IF I start a cook at 7am, I'm usually around during the day.

        What I want to know is the duration of the charcoal use at 250 and 275 if it's, say, 60F out overnight.

      • LA Pork Butt
        LA Pork Butt commented
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        rickgregory I cook on a BGE with a controller never checking on it through the night when cooking Boston Butts or Briskets which I do 8 to 10 times a year. I used to get excellent results from a cheap bullet water smoker, but I had to get up at 4 am to add fuel. I plan to serve for noon cooking at 225 and finishing the 12-14 hour cook by 8 or 10, so I put the meat on at about 8pm. It stirred my MCS. I am with Mosca I really don’t need another cooker. I like it as a pellet cooker alternative.

      • Polarbear777
        Polarbear777 commented
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        I can run the pit barrel with my fan controller for 24 hours untouched, all weather at 225. I too would like to have a plot of temps over time attempts at 225F, 325 etc.
    • Polarbear777
      Club Member
      • Sep 2016
      • 1684

      #30
      How does this thing fare operating _during_ rain? Often rain is a factor on a long cook.

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      • DavidNorcross
        DavidNorcross commented
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        Everything that I read is not favorable to water but that is mainly for the electronics

      • Huskee
        Huskee commented
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        I've been using it for a couple months in rain, snow, sleet, and hail (literally all 4) and have had zero trouble. The control panel and electronics were built with some water resistance in mind.

      • Polarbear777
        Polarbear777 commented
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        Huskee
        Thanks for the update.

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