Cold Grate Technique to cook steaks

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12x7
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Cold Grate Technique to cook steaks

Post by 12x7 » Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:29 am

The Adrenaline Barbecue Company has released a new grate to go with their SnS.

They are promoting the cold grate technique to cook great steaks.

What do you think?

https://abcbarbecue.com/cold-grate-technique/
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Demo Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... 722RZahzzU



Live demo video cooking thin steaks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDC1rdmK064



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Re: Cold Grate Technique to cook steaks

Post by Michael_Dunn » Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:44 am

Interesting way of cooking, but I must admit I'm a grill grates fan
which is probably as opposite as you can get.

In the 2nd linked video, you'll notice he has a bit of difficulty
getting the steak to release from the grate, after cooking for about
a minute, whereas grill grates leave the steak cooking until it can
be lifted by the tool without any resistance.

Which method is better? I'd have to try both for taste, but I do prefer
the look of the 'poor' steak in the 1st video.

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Re: Cold Grate Technique to cook steaks

Post by Old Dave » Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:47 pm

For cooking competition steaks, the SNS can be used in the Weber kettle with a different method to get a competition winning steak.

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I move the SNS as far as I can towards the middle of the cooker as you can see in the picture.

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These are two of my setups for this method of contest steak cooking.

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Working a steak on the Grill Grates.

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Ready for turn in.

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Working a steak on a cast iron grid with the SNS.

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These two steaks were cooked in about 8-9 minutes to medium as is required in competition steak cooking.

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I think this is a great looking steak and it tastes wonderful.

In my opinion, these are a better way of cooking a steak using the Slow N Sear in a Weber kettle.
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Re: Cold Grate Technique to cook steaks

Post by 12x7 » Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:58 pm

It's an interesting technique the cold grate.

When I want caramelisation I use a hot plate or for grill mark I use the grate eg grill grates heated up hot to sear.

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Re: Cold Grate Technique to cook steaks

Post by Powderdigit » Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:59 pm

Hey 12*7 thanks for the post! Really interesting and I love Old Dave's alternative as well.

I've never used SNS but I am tempted to try the cold great set-up. I don't quite get the easy rotating grate ... my grate seems to rotate easily enough? Also, I am guessing you don't need SNS for cold grate. Just a cold grate and your fire to one side of the kettle - so you have a reading side - would that be correct?

I reckon I cook a reasonable steak on the kettle by heating centre - oil and salt on steak - bang it over the very hot coals - flip it after a few minute depending on thickness - sear other side, then off to the side (indirect) for about the same time and then off the BBQ and rest. Always put steak on bbq at ambient temp - not from fridge. These are my relatively simple rules and they seem to work ....

but... happy to try new stuff and ideas. I like look of the cold grate method and indeed, Old Dave's technique.

Old Dave - given you seem to have experimented with the SNS - do you think it's a reasonable accessory for the kettle?
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Re: Cold Grate Technique to cook steaks

Post by 12x7 » Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:19 am

I think either stacking at one end, or using a single Weber charcoal basket, plus the standard kettle grate is a way to try it out.

I like yourself had no trouble spinning the standard grate with the kettle.

I like Old Dave's set-up too. You can put two standard Weber baskets together in the centre to try it out if have some grill grates.

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Re: Cold Grate Technique to cook steaks

Post by Old Dave » Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:31 pm

Old Dave - given you seem to have experimented with the SNS - do you think it's a reasonable accessory for the kettle?
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I think that the SNS is one of the best accessories that you can purchase for the Weber kettles. It works great with the longer lower temperature cooks and I use it with about any cook I do in the Weber kettle including my rotisserie cooks. A fine product in my opinion.
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Re: Cold Grate Technique to cook steaks

Post by Powderdigit » Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:05 pm

Old Dave wrote:Old Dave - given you seem to have experimented with the SNS - do you think it's a reasonable accessory for the kettle?
I think that the SNS is one of the best accessories that you can purchase for the Weber kettles. It works great with the longer lower temperature cooks and I use it with about any cook I do in the Weber kettle including my rotisserie cooks. A fine product in my opinion.[/quote]

Cheers Old Dave - appreciate the advice; I’ll look into it.


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