When it comes to grilling there’s one common challenge every professional and backyarder alike must learn to overcome and that’s flare-ups. There’s nothing worse than ruining a perfectly good piece of meat no matter how expensive or inexpensive may be and thus ruining your meal.
In my constant search for that perfect grilling experience, I ran across this unique grill grate from GrillGrates. Here’s an introduction about them:
“Simply lay GrillGrates on top of any existing grill, gas, charcoal or electric. GrillGrates are modular plates that interlock to cover all or part of your grill. GrillGrates are a new cooking surface that sears in juices while controlling flare-ups and removing unwanted fat. GrillGrates make it easy to cook lean meat, fish, grilled pizzas, vegetables, and pasta on your grill without worry of burning, drying out or charring. Put away the spray bottle and pick up the GrateTool™ to lift, turn and serve succulent lean meat, fish, vegetables and crispy grilled pizza.”
No flare-ups huh? No more dried out meat? No more charred meat? No more embarrassment from your bad grilling experience? Okay, you’ve got my attention! After seeing the advertisements & reviewing the site, I wondered if the GrillGrate was as good as advertised.
I decided to order a set of GrillGrates and it arrived at my house within the week and I could not wait to try this bad boy out. As timing would have it, I had a catering job for a private party the very next day and decided why not give them a test try at my catering event.
The featured meat was Tri-Tip Steak and anyone who has cooked Tri-Tip knows that between the marinade and the natural fats rendering out of the meat, it’s a cause for alarm, a three alarm fire if you know what I mean.
So I anxiously put three of the GrillGrates on our commercial grill and threw on a couple of Tri-Tips on the GrillGrates and placed a couple of Tri-Tips to the right-hand side on the normal grill surface. I wasn’t prepared for what happened next! Nothing at all….on the GrillGrate side that is! All I heard was a nice sizzle and I saw no flare-ups whatsoever. Just like they advertise! However, the Tri-Tips that were on the right-hand side of the GrillGrates had nothing, but massive flare-ups happening which was to be expected with this type of meat.
I immediately went into my fire management techniques with these Tri-Tips. When I tended to the flare-ups coming through the regular grate that were burning the Tri-Tips, I was cooking on a two zone fire meaning there were coals on both the right and the left sides of the grill leaving the middle as a safety zone. When dealing with flare-ups, it’s a matter of moving the meat to the safety zone (the middle) to tame the fire and then returning the meat to the hot side if necessary. Even while I was managing these flare-ups on the normal grill surface, the Tri-Tips on the GrillGrate never once flared up at all and that definitely impressed me.
So after how successful the GrillGrates were with the Tri-Tips, I decided to see if I could get the same type of results with a much fattier type of meat, 73% ground beef burgers. The only exception to this test is that I would be grilling them on my 22’ Weber Kettle Grill while still using the same grill testing methods as we used on our commercial grill. The reason? Not everyone has a commercial grill so we thought it would be best to show you how well they’ll perform on a grill that most backyard BBQers might use.
And to no surprise, the end result was the same! In fact, it was even more obvious with this test just how well the GrillGrates did compare to the normal grilling surface on my Weber Kettle Grill. You can see in the picture below that the GrillGrate didn’t have problems with flare-ups at all while the same can’t be said for the burgers on the right-hand side of the grill. I don’t know about you, but I know which burgers I’d want to eat based on their appearance.
On my Weber Kettle Grill, I used the same fire management techniques in regards to managing your flare-ups as the commercial grill. I was cooking on a two zone fire while leaving the middle as a safety zone. Quite a few times, I had to move the burgers on the normal grilling surface to the safety zone. Yet, never once did I have to move the burgers that were being grilled on the GrillGrates to the safety zone. I think I’m in love with these GrillGrates. Ever since I tested them, I’ve been using the GrillGrates for all of my BBQ catering jobs. Even with my 25+ years of experience in the restaurant & catering industry, they make the plating presentation of your meat that much better!
Here’s some more information on the GrillGrate:
- No flare-ups
- Nice looking grill marks on the meat
- Great color and caramelization of the meat
- Juicier and tenderer meat
- Great for open flame & camp fire grilling (Grill Temps 1000F+)
- Easy clean up
- Will never rust
We rate this BBQ accessory product a must buy for everyone no matter your BBQ skill level! If you want to grill the perfect meat every time you grill, we suggest you get the GrillGrate! With these unique GrillGrates and your grill, soon you’ll be able to BBQ Like A Pro!
The Que’ Dude