By: Max Good
Santa Maria BBQ Outfitters offers backyard, professional, trailer and custom vertical lift grills. These grills cook over an open wood or charcoal fire using a crank to raise or lower the grates for heat control. There is no lid. The economically priced 30″ x 20″ grill is most popular backyard model. It comes with 513 squares inches of cooking grate, two six inch wheels with rubber tires, two removable 12″ x 16″ cutting board shelves and a fire poker. All of their grills are made with 10 gauge enamel coated carbon steel or stainless steel.
SMBO grills are distributed in California by Costco, Albertsons, select Home Depot locations and a few independent stores. Outside of California most sales are direct from the manufacturer. These cookers have a Spartan, bare bones appearance and price to match, but shipping charges can be steep. We called to check delivered price on the popular 30″ x 20″ backyard grill from California to the Midwest. The grill runs about $400 and shipping is an additional $360. Some buyers were able to avoid shipping charges by purchasing from their local Home Depot. If your local HD store manager is willing to bring in five grills, there is no shipping charge to you. Home Depot in Santa Maria tells us this was done successfully with several stores in such diverse locations as Montana and Hawaii, so it doesn’t hurt to ask.
Santa Maria BBQ Outfitters, in Santa Maria, CA, manufactures a variety of value priced vertical lift grills. These grills cook over an open wood or charcoal fire using a crank to raise or lower the grates for heat control. There is no lid. The vertical lift design is widely used in Spain, Italy and South America, but was popularized in the United States in Southern California and commonly referred to as Santa Maria after the namesake town northwest of Los Angeles.
They offer some accessories like a side burner, grates and cutting boards. They are distributed at some retailers, like Costco and Home Depot, at select locations out west. Also available direct.
Published On: 2/18/2013 Last Modified: 3/3/2021
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