Cast iron grates - worth the money?

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Re: Cast iron grates - worth the money?

Postby KamadoSimon » 11 Jun 2012, 09:04

Cooking on cast iron is definitely different than cooking with stainless steel grids. Am just about getting the hang of it now - after 10 or so cooks with it. I guess the heat retention is much better & that leads to a shortening of cooking times for fast grilling - certainly for steaks. The sear marks are as good as you would expect though!

The maintenance is a bit of a pain - I spray them before & after each cook. It's the after that's a pain - because I normally remember right before I am ready to hit the sack! ;-) My wife bought a little spray bottle which we filled with vegetable oil & we just spray on & wipe down after each cook. Even doing this & the fact that they come pre-seasoned we have had a little rust in a couple of places. This just wipes off & gets covered in oil. I am hoping that once they get a good build-up on them, this becomes a little less effort.

I've only used the griddle once - to be honest I think I'll use this the least although the flat side would be good for bacon & eggs when I get around to doing a BBQ breakfast. The wok is great for smaller & thinner items & I've used this a number of times - in fact this lives in the Kamado Joe along with two grill grates.

Steak on cast iron Craycort grates on the Kamado Joe:
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Steak on cast iron Craycort grates on the Kamado Joe:
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Re: Cast iron grates - worth the money?

Postby keith157 » 11 Jun 2012, 09:37

Great news, I may even venture into a set, however I have the Outdoorchef C I grill & griddle. Despite seasoning it as I have done with other CI pans, as per manufacturers recomendations, wiping it with oil it's stil a burger to use ( ;) ) and clean up. Having it on a gas grill I tried to get it to a very high heat to carbonise any residue (there was lots :( ) but still have bits stuck on.
I'll persevere though this "season".
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Re: Cast iron grates - worth the money?

Postby uncle albert » 08 Apr 2015, 22:11

Bringing an old thread back to life.....

Simon - do you still use your Craycort much?

I have just ordered a set of grills + 2 griddles + lifter for my large BGE. They look really quality.

Anybody have any tips on good products to elevate them if required for temperature control . The only product I have seen is the 3 leg spider in the US but it does not look ideal.

Cheers

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