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Foodbme

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Do GrillGrates really work? Fri, 08/10/12 3:19 AM (permalink)
Is anyone using a product called GrillGrates?
They're a little pricey so I'd like to have some first-hand reports before investing in them.
Here's their site:
http://grillgrate.com
 
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    CCinNJ

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    Re:Do GrillGrates really work? Fri, 08/10/12 9:35 AM (permalink)
    I tried those things (not for BBQ but for pizza) and at least 1/3 of the package is broken if you order it by mail. They are fragile and if they get wet you look at them...they crack and crumble.

    Drill holes in a pizza stone...even for the BBQ.
     
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      CCinNJ

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      Re:Do GrillGrates really work? Fri, 08/10/12 10:12 AM (permalink)
      Oh...or terra cotta planter liners. They are the same density and save you from picking out broken expensive grill grates. They are packaged like frozen hash browns.
       
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        Mosca

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        Re:Do GrillGrates really work? Fri, 08/10/12 12:44 PM (permalink)
        CCinNJ, are you writing about the same thing? GrillGrates are made of aluminum.
         
        FBM, Meathead has a pretty thorough review over at Amazing Ribs. He's not afraid to slam a product, if he says they're good, they are.
        <message edited by Mosca on Fri, 08/10/12 12:47 PM>
         
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          WarToad

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          Re:Do GrillGrates really work? Fri, 08/10/12 1:36 PM (permalink)
          Mosca


          CCinNJ, are you writing about the same thing? GrillGrates are made of aluminum.

          FBM, Meathead has a pretty thorough review over at Amazing Ribs. He's not afraid to slam a product, if he says they're good, they are.


          One of the best grilling/BBQ sites on the web, hands down.  I agree.
           
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            Foodbme

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            Re:Do GrillGrates really work? Fri, 08/10/12 1:38 PM (permalink)
            Mosca

            CCinNJ, are you writing about the same thing? GrillGrates are made of aluminum.
            FBM, Meathead has a pretty thorough review over at Amazing Ribs. He's not afraid to slam a product, if he says they're good, they are.

            I don't think CC's talking about the Specific GrillGrates we're talking about.
            Yeh, Meathead's product reviews are pretty straight on target even though he gets a spiff if you order them thru his web site from Amazon.  
            He has a good web site.
             
             
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              CCinNJ

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              Re:Do GrillGrates really work? Fri, 08/10/12 4:27 PM (permalink)
              Sorry...I thought you meant these buggers

              http://www.thebbqdepot.com/grgrgasgrrec.html
               
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                mar52

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                Re:Do GrillGrates really work? Fri, 08/10/12 6:32 PM (permalink)
                I've been on their email list for a few years and have yet to buy them. 
                 
                They call them hard anodized.  I'm thinking that they're aluminum which turns me off.
                 
                Find a cast iron grill that fits on top your grates if you don't have cast iron already.
                 
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                  BackRhodes

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                  Re:Do GrillGrates really work? Fri, 08/10/12 6:48 PM (permalink)
                  Lodge cast iron grates can be ordered online...
                   
                   
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                    Foodbme

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                    Re:Do GrillGrates really work? Fri, 08/10/12 11:43 PM (permalink)
                    CCinNJ

                    Sorry...I thought you meant these buggers
                    http://www.thebbqdepot.com/grgrgasgrrec.html

                    Yeah, your right. I've had those in the past and they do break down after periods of excessive heat.
                     
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                      Foodbme

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                      Re:Do GrillGrates really work? Fri, 08/10/12 11:50 PM (permalink)
                      mar52

                      I've been on their email list for a few years and have yet to buy them. 
                      They call them hard anodized.  I'm thinking that they're aluminum which turns me off.
                      Find a cast iron grill that fits on top your grates if you don't have cast iron already.

                      "GrillGrates are constructed of aircraft grade aluminum which is hard anodized (a natural hardening process) to create an extremely durable, ultra hard surface that is a much better conductor of heat than steel or cast iron. GrillGrates are more efficient and will never rust."
                       
                      I checked them out in a store today and they are a heavy, hard metal. Not your everyday aluminum stuff.
                      Won't warp, rust or collect dust!
                       
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                        Foodbme

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                        Re:Do GrillGrates really work? Fri, 08/10/12 11:57 PM (permalink)
                        BackRhodes

                        Lodge cast iron grates can be ordered online...

                        These go beyond Cast Iron:
                        1. SEARS The Raised Rails deliver superior sear marks due to more surface area contact and better heat
                            conductivity.
                        2. SIZZLES
                        The Valleys capture juices and steam and sizzle for added flavor, moisture and juiciness.
                        3. RADIATES
                        The added mass and shape radiates with heat for fast, even cooking.
                        4. PROTECTS
                        The Bottom protects against charring flareups and drying heat. Fats drain off and burn on
                           the bottom of the GrillGrate not on the outside of the food.
                        You get the Grill marks without the flareups and burning of the steaks surface.
                         
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                          mar52

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                          Re:Do GrillGrates really work? Sat, 08/11/12 1:33 AM (permalink)
                          Aha!  I've never seen them in person.
                           
                          Cast iron grates "can" last for many years if treated correctly.  Living by he beach plays Hell on iron.
                           
                          Ya gonna do it?
                           
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                            Buddy Dek

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                            Re:Do GrillGrates really work? Sat, 08/11/12 8:23 PM (permalink)
                            The grates look great for what they do. It seems cast iron would be best because it can handle the high temps. The fact that it prevents flare-ups seems to be the best of all, no more flaming chicken and sausage. How pricey? Proably is worth it; seems like a must-have for anyone who cooks  meats.             Buddy
                             
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                              Foodbme

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                              Re:Do GrillGrates really work? Tue, 09/11/12 9:54 PM (permalink)
                               
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