Ready to open a restaurant or give Famous Dave a run for his money? Ready to start a catering biz and drag a smoker to picnics, ball games, corporate retreats, and horse shows? Fantasizing about hitting the road and doing state and county fairs year round? Envision yourself grabbing big prize money and trophies at the cookoffs you see on TV?
There are a number of major manufacturers who will be glad to sell you what the pros use. Many will even be happy to custom fabricate whatever your heart desires. Large capacity commercial cookers range from big boxes that sit in your restaurant’s kitchen to mobile kitchens for vending to the pit shown below by Dave Klose. Klose is famous for building inspired custom pits, among them “Bling Bling” which has made an appearance on the History Channels show Modern Marvels. It has a large charcoal fired smoker, a holding box, a high end gas grill, satellite dish and flat screen TV, refrigerators, firewood storage, stovetop, lighting, and even the kitchen sink, all on wheels!
At AmazingRibs.com we are backyard specialists so we don’t often get to test the big rigs, but we have includsed info on some of them in our database.
If you want to roast a whole hog, lamb, or goat, you can fit small animals onto some horizontal smokers. Or you can buy rigs specially designed for the job. They range from simple spits that you turn by hand crank or motor and the animal rotates above or to the side of a campfire. One popular design, jokingly called the Cajun microwave, is a stainless steel lined box. You close the lid and put the coals on top. The meat roasts rapidly in this indirect heat, smokeless coffin.
There are also several companies making specialized whole pig roasters.
Published On: 3/2/2017 Last Modified: 4/21/2021
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GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, kill hotspots, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily rmoved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke.
The Slow ‘N’ Sear turns your grill into a first class smoker and also creates an extremely hot sear zone you can use to create steakhouse steaks.
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The PK-360, with 360 square inches of cooking space, this rust free, cast aluminum charcoal grill is durable and easy to use. Four-way venting means it’s easy to set up for two zone cooking with more control than single vent Kamado grills. It is beautifully designed, completely portable, and much easier to set up for 2-zone cooking than any round kamado.
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The Good-One Open Range is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.
If you’re using oven mitts at the grill, it’s time to trade up. Say hello to these suede welder’s gloves. They’re heat resistant enough to handle hot grill grates, and flexible enough to handle tongs. The extra long sleeves even let you reach deep into the firebox to move hot logs without getting burned. Our Fave.
Napoleon’s NK22CK-C Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It’s hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the NK22CK-C a viable alternative.