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Cast iron grills

I noticed a lot of you are using cast iron grills vs the stainless that comes with the egg.

what are the advantages...of course I’m thinking of buying one.

Thanks
Eastern Shore Virginia 

Medium & Mini Max
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  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 9,486
    Pretty grill marks.

    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 25,047
    have one, dont use it anymore. too heavey, prone to cracking and breaking, leaves dirty marks on chicken and fish, rusts etc.  i like them better with gas grills because they sear better at lower heat, egg gets plenty hot for searing on a stainless grid.  some like them though ;)
  • I bought the 18” steel keg raised grid accessory as for the same price as the egg CI grid I got a CI grid with a raised alloy grid which I’ve used heavily over the past few years until getting a CGS setup. 

    Tom doesn’t support the egg CI grid on the Woo any longer so I had to hack saw the CI to fit my woo whixh it now works great on. 

    I use it on nearly every cook 
    Large BGE 2013, Minimax 2018 
    Instagram: @smokingdadbbq  Collection of my best BGE foodporn shots 
  • jtcBoyntonjtcBoynton Posts: 2,496
    None
    Southeast Florida - LBGE
    In cooking, often we implement steps for which we have no explanations other than ‘that’s what everybody else does’ or ‘that’s what I have been told.’  Dare to think for yourself.
     
  • None...….. Please send me 1/2 of the cost for saving you the other half! Your Welcome.

    I'm only hungry when I'm awake!

    Okeechobee FL. Winter

    West Jefferson NC Summer

  • LegumeLegume Posts: 9,861
    I bought a small one for searing down low on the woo and my Akorn jr came with one.  They rust, so you need to use them to keep them greazy, otherwise you need to clean them up now and then.  They’re fine, but not needed.
    Austin, TX
  • TheophanTheophan Posts: 2,606
    I think they're just a bad idea.  Don't waste your money.

    The only advantage, as others said above, is "grill marks," but please, look at any photos on this forum or elsewhere that have pretty grill marks and then look BETWEEN the grill marks!  What you'll see is less-seared, or often, UN-seared meat.

    Now look at meat that people seared on CI skillets or griddles (as opposed to CI grid), and those of us who prefer to sear at high temps on a standard grid.  You'll see dark sear across 100% of the surface!

    Now go back to the ones with the "pretty" grill marks again...  See what I mean?

    What matters to me is the flavor of well-seared meat, NOT pretty grill marks that tend to wind up with poorly seared meat across most of the surface.
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 19,726
    @Theophan sums it up well.  The Maillard rxn cannot be dismissed but real world is save your money.  And never battle rust.
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • SonVoltSonVolt Posts: 1,808
    edited September 2018
    Leave the cast iron for making corn bread.  
    South of Nashville  -  BGE XL  -  Alfresco 42" ALXE  -  Alfresco Versa Burner  - Sunbeam Microwave 
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 14,110
    Save your money. I have one, never use it any more.

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

                                                                …Unknown

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • Thanks for the reply's...I'll save my  money.:)
    Eastern Shore Virginia 

    Medium & Mini Max
  • BobDanger said:
    Thanks for the reply's...I'll save my  money.:)
    @BobDanger sounds to me like there are several guys on here who could "gift" you one if you really want to try CI.  =)

    How abut it guys? Anyone interested? I'm sure Bob would cover shipping.
    Marshall in Beautiful Fruit Cove, FL.
    MiniMax 04/17
    Unofficial BGE MiniMax Evangelist
    Facebook Big Green Egg MiniMax Owners Group


  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 17,493
    I've had CI grids in both my LG and MM since when I purchased each of them. I've had one crack on the large about 4 yrs ago and replacement was free (5yr warranty).  I've never had either CI grid corrode likely because they're seasoned & they mostly stay inside the egg.  I use a lot of CI and carbon skillets/pans.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with the SS grid that came with your egg.  It's merely a preference.  
    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 17,493
    @Theophan I respectfully but, emphatically disagree :smiley:

    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
  • SonVoltSonVolt Posts: 1,808
    edited September 2018
    @Theophan I respectfully but, emphatically disagree :smiley:


    You proved his point :blush:


    South of Nashville  -  BGE XL  -  Alfresco 42" ALXE  -  Alfresco Versa Burner  - Sunbeam Microwave 
  • JeremiahJeremiah Posts: 6,400
    Put me in the cast iron camp. Love mine. 
    Slumming it in Aiken, SC. 
  • SonVoltSonVolt Posts: 1,808
    edited September 2018
    What did you disagree with exactly? The pic clearly shows deep grill marks and underdeveloped crust formation between them, as Theorphan pointed out. 

    ...this was all in jest btw, in case that was lost on you. NPHusker's food looks wonderful. 
    South of Nashville  -  BGE XL  -  Alfresco 42" ALXE  -  Alfresco Versa Burner  - Sunbeam Microwave 
  • bucky925bucky925 Posts: 1,577
    Put me in the camp of "I got one and wish I had the $ for other options "   It's very heavy and will rust if you don't soak it in .....well grill stuff... ;)


    “You can't buy happiness, but you can buy bourbon and that's kind of the same thing"
  • LegumeLegume Posts: 9,861
    Grill mark debate, lol.  Flat surface > cast iron grill > stock SS grill.
    Austin, TX
  • JeremiahJeremiah Posts: 6,400
    SonVolt said:
    What did you disagree with exactly? The pic clearly shows deep grill marks and underdeveloped crust formation between them, as Theorphan pointed out. 

    ...this was all in jest btw, in case that was lost on you. NPHusker's food looks wonderful. 
    Wasn’t lost on me at all. Some prefer the little grill marks, some larger, some burnt to $hit. Your call. And yes, Blake can cook. 
    Slumming it in Aiken, SC. 
  • TheophanTheophan Posts: 2,606
    Your steak looks well-seared.  Great job!

    But as @SonVolt illustrated, the tuna demonstrates exactly what I'm talking about:  The grill marks look great!  They're pretty.  We all agree.

    But look BETWEEN the grill marks.  What you see is gray, UN-seared meat (or in this case, tuna).



    Look: I just did a Google search for "grill marks," and here are the first images that came up.  LOOK at them!  In some of them there's a pretty good sear, but in MOST OF THEM the meat between the grill marks is gray and un-seared:



    Now I searched for "cast iron sear" and see the difference:



    Now, I don't use CI, but just sear on the grid that came with my BGEs, but I sear for around a minute at 600°-650°, and you can usually see a bit of the grid marks, but what you mostly see is a sear across the whole surface of the meat.
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 19,726
    @Theophan I respectfully but, emphatically disagree :smiley:

    You old school bastich you!  CI pans only for me. 
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • LegumeLegume Posts: 9,861
    Tuna?
    Austin, TX
  • SonVoltSonVolt Posts: 1,808
    If it is tuna then that isn't a bad sear job at all.  I thought it was a steak, but the exterior color is kinda throwing me off. 
    South of Nashville  -  BGE XL  -  Alfresco 42" ALXE  -  Alfresco Versa Burner  - Sunbeam Microwave 
  • TheophanTheophan Posts: 2,606
    @NPHuskerFL: I agree with you that it's mostly a personal preference, and honestly, I think I'm in a small minority among grillers.  Most people just really love grill marks, and think they're important, a sign of skillfully grilled meat, and work very carefully to get their precious grill marks "just so."  

    I don't care about grill marks, and I really want the flavor of the seared meat, so the more of the surface that's seared, the better I like it.  But I really do think I'm in the minority, and most people love their grill marks.  For them, CI grids are a great idea.
  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 17,493
    @Theophan Personally I just like cast iron .The grill marks are okay I guess but, one can achieve the same using a SS grid.  Give me a skillet and fire & I'm happy.
    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 17,493
    SonVolt said:
    What did you disagree with exactly? The pic clearly shows deep grill marks and underdeveloped crust formation between them, as Theorphan pointed out. 

    ...this was all in jest btw, in case that was lost on you. NPHusker's food looks wonderful. 
    Thanks for the compliment and I know it's in jest.  I'd still disagree on the underdeveloped crust part (not to mention that was cooked in a CI skillet direct).  Sliced pic dissecting is deceiving. I'm NOT a grill mark fanatic. A uniform crust is much more desirable for my liking.  I tend to move my proteins around to do exactly just that. Occasionally I'll do the hashtag grill marks but, rarely.
    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
  • I couldn't care less about sear marks. With or without searing I'm in it for the taste. But I know perfectly aligned sear marks are a badge of honor for some people. I think this fostered the idea on people that the meat is authenticity grilled over fire. 

    Seared steps are good but they don't need some fancy pattern. Since I don't have a CI grate I can't compare the two. 

    My wife has cut my budget drastically since I've retired so unless some one wants to donate some CI for a LBGE or a MiniMax then I will never know the difference. =)
    Marshall in Beautiful Fruit Cove, FL.
    MiniMax 04/17
    Unofficial BGE MiniMax Evangelist
    Facebook Big Green Egg MiniMax Owners Group


  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 6,753
    I believe BGE discontinued the Large round CI grate, replaced by half moon ones to fit the Eggspander system.
    canuckland
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