By: Max Good
Pitmaker 30” Grill-Meister! BBQ Grills are residential versions of Pitmaker’s large capacity competition cabinet smokers with a firebox on the bottom and cooking chamber with shelves on top. They are made with 12 gauge virgin steel and have double walled sides and lower bodies for heat retention and even temperature control. Backyard models are mounted on wheels, but may be ordered on a trailer, or as stainless steel built-ins for installation. The large cook box accommodates two slide out grates with plenty of headroom for whole chickens and big butts. Both models have adjustable height fire baskets that may be raised or lowered via a lever outside the firebox that slides into grooves at six positions for a 12 inch vertical range. Adjustable height is particularly desirable on these big cabinet cookers that might, otherwise, lack searing capability. With fire cranked up right under the bottom grate, you should be able to sizzle steaks and burgers effectively or drop it down to go low and slow.
Grill-Meisters feature sliding dampers that run across the bottom with a slide out ash tray right beneath.
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Pitmaker is a Houston area metal fabricator known for manufacturing colorful, large capacity, heavy duty cabinet smokers and rectangular offset pits for competition, tailgating and serious BBQ. We have seen several trailer mounted Pitmaker smoker/grill combo setups and they are very impressive, extremely well designed and built.
They also have two backyard charcoal/wood grills and a tailgater model. These cookers are based on Pitmaker’s large “Vault” cabinet smoker designs with a firebox on the bottom and cook chamber with shelves on top. All are heavy duty steel construction. We haven’t heard much about the residential Pitmaker grills, but their large capacity smokers have an excellent reputation and it’s a good bet they wouldn’t put their name on something lame.
The owners of Pitmaker do 10 to 15 competitions per year and half of their employees are on teams. “Our smokers are battle tested,” says co-owner George Shore, “we’re constantly learning new ways to improve quality and make sure our customers get consistent, repeatable results.” Built solid with 1/8″ virgin steel and heavy ceramic wool insulation, Pitmaker uses seamless welds instead of sheet metal screws or fasteners. This heavy insulation makes the exterior cool to the touch while in use. Although the standard finish is high heat flat black, the cool surface doesn’t require high heat coatings and allows Pitmaker to offer colorful cosmetics that are one of their trademarks. For an additional fee, all painted parts are suspended in the air and covered with epoxy primer, followed by auto enamel. Team and school colors, logos and labels are all welcome. See above.
Published On: 2/18/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021
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