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  • Blackshirt BBQ
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    • Dec 2017
    • 103
    • Near Chattanooga Tennessee
    • Jeremy Slaven

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    Trouble with searing

    Of all the foods and recipes that I’ve tried, steaks have been my biggest trouble. Ever since I got Meatheads book, I’ve changed my cooking techniques. And so far, it seems I can’t cook a steak right anymore. I’m mainly struggling with searing. My gas grill will not get hot enough to sear properly. Will a cast iron griddle or a salt block help??
  • DWCowles
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    • Jul 2014
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    • 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.

    Cast iron will work great if you get it hot enough
    Last edited by DWCowles; February 10, 2018, 12:11 PM.


    • Huskee
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      I second the CI skillet. Don't be afraid to fire it up on your kitchen stove to get it blazing hot if you need to, and just bring the steaks in to sear (with the vent on of course)! Another option is get yourself a little Weber Smokey Joe grill (~$30) and use it to sear over red hot coals. Also, GrillGrates are worth considering for your gasser, although the least cheap option.


      • Steve R.
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        • Jul 2016
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        • Current line-up of cookers: Weber 26" kettle w/ SnS and BBQ Guru adapter; Weber Smokey Mountain 22" w/ Guru adapter.

        You might want to try the "afterburner" method. Just light some charcoal in a chimney lighter and place a cooking grate on top. That will most definitely get hot enough.


        • hogdog6
          hogdog6 commented
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          This technique works very well! You may wat to give it a try 🔥
          Grill grates work good too but you gasser still has to get them hot enough.
      • Woolval
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        • Feb 2018
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        Hey Jslaven, is that a Weimaraner? Awesome dog, had them when I was a kid.
        Sorry for deviating from the topic, I couldn't resist!


        • Blackshirt BBQ
          Club Member
          • Dec 2017
          • 103
          • Near Chattanooga Tennessee
          • Jeremy Slaven

            -Blaz’n Grillworks Grid Iron Pellet Grill
            -Broil King Baron 440 LP w/GrillGrates
            -Blackstone Pro Series 36” Griddle
            -10qt Outdoor Gourmet Aluminum Fish Fryer
            -Blaz’n Smoker Pro
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            -Lodge Cast Iron 8qt Dutch Oven

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          Sure is. He’s blue. His name is Dürk Himmelblau Von Bruno. He has grown into his ears since that photo was taken.


          • scottranda
            Charter Member
            • May 2015
            • 1796
            • Charlotte, NC

            Check out my thread on the ultimate birthday sear. To sum it up, Char Crust product with charcoal chimney.


            • EBC
              Former Member
              • Feb 2018
              • 14

              As mentioned above, you might want to consider purchasing a set of GrillGrates for your gas grill.



              • 6th Borough BBQ
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                • Feb 2017
                • 411
                • Jersey City, NJ

                Sounds like a great excuse to get another grill. You can never have too many!


                • KevinG
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                  • Oct 2016
                  • 147
                  • Hummelstown ,PA
                  • Weber 26.5" kettle
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                  Can you remove your cooking grates in segments, or is it one large grate? If you can remove in segments, see if you can put a cast iron down directly on the sizzle/sear plates just above the flames...if it will hold the weight, that will get pretty hot and you can sear maybe 2 at a time. Only works that way if it is logistically feasible. I did that technique at my friends place who only has an old crap gasser, and it worked decent. It held a medium CI pan, and put a decent sear on 2 at a time. Needs to get smoking hot though. We put some clarified butter in as well. My buddy is absolutely clueless about grilling, and his wife was amazed how the NY strips turned out.
                  I think having a weber jumbo joe is a good idea as well, but if you want to keep it all on your gas grill and outside, this may be an option for your particular setup. This may catch me some heat, but you can always go back to your old way if your current setup doesn't get the results you want. You can get a nice steak without a reverse sear. Meathead did a video segment with Jamie Purviance comparing the reverse sear to sear first technique. ..I would eat either of those steaks, just sayin....or just keep practicing and trying to dial in your setup.




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