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$30 smoker/grill at Building 19

formerly grueldelux | Apr 28, 2003 10:18 AM

Happened to peruse the flyer yesterday and had to go over to Dissemble Square to check it out.

Though the ad was coy about the manufacturer, and almost all of the labels on the packaging and the grill itself were removed, it is in fact a Char Broil Smokem' Stackem' (or something like that.) I think it might be considered a bullet smoker, but it's much larger than others I've seen in this oblong shape. It stands about three feet high on short legs and has two 17.5 inch diameter grills giving a cooking surface of nearly 500 sq. inches. There's a removable ash container and a little hinged door to add coals. The shelves are not adjustable.

I've never tried proper low and slow cooking before and have been keen to give it a shot but reluctant to invest in a smoker lest I only use it a few times a summer. This unit appealed to me because it comes in three sections and you can remove the middle one when not smoking, making it pretty much a regular kettle grill. And did I mention it's 30 bucks?

From the little I know about bbq, this isn't necessarily the best style of cooker (plus as C.I and others have shown, you can do low and slow on a regular kettle) but at this price I'm relieved to eliminate further research and jump right in.

One annoyance so far: the box pictures a thermometer with degrees but it in fact only has low, med., high.

I saw two other interesting things: 2 packs of half sheet pans for $10. Also, huge, heavy saute pans and skillets, 12 inch, 14 inch etc. by Lusterware, a brand I'm not familiar with. Hard to tell for sure, but they look pretty good: 18/10 stainless, heavy disc bottom (sides don't seem to be clad). The handles were weirdly thin, but all in all the pans seem pretty good at around $25.

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