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  • Baltassar
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 129
    • Northern California

    #31
    I have used this with good results.

    https://www.amazon.com/Bernzomatic-T...=propane+torch

    With any propane torch, you want to keep the food out of the flame. Otherwise it may end up tasting like propane.

    Main thing about this method is that it doesn't quite feel like cooking to me. But it does work, that's for sure.

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    • scottranda
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      I’d love to see a picture if you can!
  • Nuke em
    Club Member
    • Jun 2016
    • 757
    • Nj

    #32
    Did someone say they wanted an ultimate sear?
    https://www.facebook.com/luxuryfoodl...6653578726432/

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    • scottranda
      scottranda commented
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      Do they make a home version of that?

    • Frozen Smoke
      Frozen Smoke commented
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      Pretty darn cool!

    • treesmacker
      treesmacker commented
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      I wonder what it is - don't do Facebook 🙃
  • texastweeter
    Club Member
    • Jul 2017
    • 2932
    • Republic of Texas

    #33
    forgot to chime in with my experiment with the home made char crust. Flour had an off, burnt taste. Cornstarch was great. time to take it to the next level with my own seasoning instead of St.Elmos. heavy on the salt and cornstarch, and then next is sugar. ill keep working on it. java has me intrigued.

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    • scottranda
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      Keep it going! I had Char Crust (Peppercorn Garlic) on pork chops last night. Seared with my no grate technique. It was awesome. But, I’m going to Raleigh next weekend and I’m going to see if I can find that Java flavor of Char Crust.

    • scottranda
      scottranda commented
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      Plus, someone on here told me about Oak Ridge has a similar Java flavor. I’m going to try that too.
  • Frozen Smoke
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 1528
    • Northern Mn

    #34
    I sear over a open fire. My stick burner fire boxes open on the top as well as the side. When I want to sear steaks I throw a couple of oak splits in the fire let it build up a good flame. Throw a grate over the opening and then throw the steaks on. Get a excellent char flavored crust!
    Just another reason everyone should own at least one stick burner!

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    • scottranda
      Charter Member
      • May 2015
      • 1865
      • Charlotte, NC

      #35
      I finally found some coffee crust season for my steaks. This is from Oak Ridge BBQ, and I found it at Grill Billies BBQ in Raleigh, NC. The USDA Prime Filets turned out awesome!

      The three videos below are a slow mo sear close up, a time lapse of me lighting my charcoal chimney (BBQ Dragon fan too), and a full 4 minute video of the no grate technique (pitch fork method).

      https://youtu.be/qb6cpy8oqX4

      https://youtu.be/0CHCtdyN6sc

      https://youtu.be/8aQtYgUkQKI

      SV at 137, cold shock, avacado oil and Carne Crosta seasoning, seared, then enjoyed!
      Attached Files

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      • RonB
        Club Member
        • Apr 2016
        • 13669
        • Near Richmond VA
        • Weber Performer Deluxe
          SNS
          Pizza insert
          Rotisserie
          Smokenator 1000
          Cookshack Smokette Elite
          2 Thermapens
          Chefalarm
          Dot
          lots of probes.
          CyberQ

        #36
        Great job on these videos Scott. I'm glad you got the sear worked out.

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        • scottranda
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          Thanks!
      • DWCowles
        Founding Member
        • Jul 2014
        • 9696
        • Smiths Grove, Ky
        • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

        #37
        Looks great!

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        • scottranda
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          Thanks!
      • Mudkat
        Club Member
        • Feb 2017
        • 2074
        • At a river near me, MD
        • Weber Smokey Mountain 14.5"
          Weber 22" Kettel
          Weber Smokey Joe (2)
          One Grill 45" Rotisserie
          Lodge 5 qt. Dutch Oven
          Lodge 10.5" Double Loop Skillet
          Cast Iron 9" Skillet
          Cast Iron 12" Skillet
          Weber 22 Grill Grates
          Home Built 55 Gallon Ugly Drum Smoker - "MUDS"

        #38
        Man that looks good!

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        • scottranda
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          Thanks!
      • scottranda
        Charter Member
        • May 2015
        • 1865
        • Charlotte, NC

        #39
        I've come a long way since opening this thread, but thanks to you all, I think I've finally got a searing technique that works for me. I think the secret is the charcoal chimney no-grate (cold grate technique would work too), plus the steak seasoning. It forms a CRUST (lemme tell ya). Char Crust or the Oak Ridge Carne Crosta works phenomenal! Hopefully others find this thread helpful. I was struggling for a while to finally nail it down.

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        • Polarbear777
          Club Member
          • Sep 2016
          • 1895

          #40
          Saw this, and others more expensive.

          https://www.thegrommet.com/beefer-in...-top-down-heat


          Ended up with chimneys. Next time I’ll find the flat skewers and ditch the grate. For under $100 bucks worth of multitaskers it’s hard to beat this.

          The fan gets both chimneys roaring. Then can hit from top and bottom as needed.

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          • scottranda
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            Easy, easy price of 900 dollars. Wow! Yeah, charcoal chimney works great. I like to hover my steak over top the coals. Gets that radiant heat!!! Not conductive!!!

          • Polarbear777
            Polarbear777 commented
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            Yeah I was impatient and couldn’t find my skewers. Next time.

            The dragon set up is also helpful for the impatient.
        • HorseDoctor
          Charter Member
          • Sep 2014
          • 1147
          • Central Iowa

          #41
          Is "overkill"a hyphenated word???

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        • EdF
          EdF
          Club Member
          • Jul 2016
          • 3228
          • Atlantic Highlands, NJ
          • Uuni Pro (new kid in town)
            Karubeque C-60
            Large BGE since 2002 + plate setter + pizza stone + upper grid + stainless paella pan for drippings (the best!)
            TEC Cherokee FR since 2014 (portable infrared grill - does a mighty sear)
            Polyscience Sous Vide Pro since 2012 (wasn't much else available in those days)
            Thermapen
            Thermapen Air
            ThermaQ (or its predecessor)
            Thermoworks Hi temp IR
            BBQ Dragon & Chimney of Insanity
            Various other stuff

          #42
          That BBQ Dragon is something else! Not to mention the Chimney of Insanity!

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          • scottranda
            Charter Member
            • May 2015
            • 1865
            • Charlotte, NC

            #43
            EdF I’m sure other chimneys would do a great job, but the Dragon and Chimney of Insanity really super charge things. I’m very happy with the purchases! I just wish I would’ve figured that out a long time ago! The cold/no-grate technique really, really helped!

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            • BBQ_Bill
              Club Member
              • Jun 2017
              • 409
              • Phoenix, Arizona

              #44
              UPDATE:
              I am continuing to use the "Flamethrower/Weed-burner" to sear meat, however, if the meat contains a large amount of fat, it renders, drips into the Weber Kettle, catches on fire, and basically coats the meat with a sooty, nasty black oily smoke that tastes like creosote.
              This is not to mention the fact that a very large oil fire then erupts inside the Weber Kettle that makes removing the meat difficult.
              So...
              I went to Home Depot and purchased some concrete blocks and expanded metal.
              Then went to Autozone and purchased a metal drip pan and a bag of absorbent.
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              Lastly, I proceeded to build what I have now renamed my new...
              Super Sear Station!
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              Go HERE to find the photos and results of this easy and cheap build.
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              Smoke On!
              Last edited by BBQ_Bill; June 9, 2018, 08:12 PM. Reason: (Playing with font and color just because I can)

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              • BBQ_Steve-O
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                Good job bro - I like it! And if you ever run out of propane, you can just lay your brisket on your Super Sear Station grate and let that Phoenix sun do the searing!

              • BBQ_Bill
                BBQ_Bill commented
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                LOL!
                Phoenix IS hot! Thank you sir.
                I am very satisfied with the... speed, control, color, and best of all, the incredible flavor of the sear.

              • BBQ_Bill
                BBQ_Bill commented
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                In regards to meat.. God likes BBQ
                Exodus 12:9 states: Don't eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roast the whole animal over a fire.
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                I be doing that "fire" thing!
            • Polarbear777
              Club Member
              • Sep 2016
              • 1895

              #45
              Overkill V2.0. Using skewers for a more even sear.

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              • scottranda
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                Nice work!

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