Char-Griller Outlaw Charcoal Grill
Definitely a Party Grill
First, the description listed here at BPS is for the Char-Griller Pro Delux model, which is smaller. That's a website problem and not a grill problem. Go out to the Char-griller website to get the real low-down. This model is 1,000 sq. inches, which is bigger than you think. Second, I don't know how the other reviewer put this thing together by themselves. For starters, the instructions packed in the box are for the Pro Delux model. Next, if you tighten the bolts down to hold it together so that maybe you can put it together by yourself, you are doomed to failure. You MUST assemble this thing loosely until it is finally assembled, THEN tighten. Next, in general the directions you do get are awful. Finally, forget what they say about 45 minutes to set-up. Maybe put it together in 45 minutes (me+helper: 1 hr 15 min) but set-up takes a couple of days. The iron grill racks have to be seasoned and you just can't do that in a day (at least not correctly in my opinion.) The fat pour-off from cooking a pound and a half of bacon does the trick (refrig it so it can be used as a paste.) Remember to heat the wax off the grill racks BEFORE searing the bacon fat onto the grill plates (letting them cool in between.) I did two applications of bacon fat at about 350 degrees for 3 hours on each of two seperate days. Another problem is that the tendancy is to want to pull this thing around on it's wheels by the side rack. DON"T DO IT. Grab the metal rails, not the wooden slats. I also lacquered the wood because it is bass wood or something else just as soft and won't last otherwise. Plus, the lacquer makes spills easy to clean. OK, so with all the negatives is this thing worth buying? Just had a party this past weekend and cooked for 50 people. Steaks, chicken, sausage, hot dogs. This grill was a cooking machine. I moved over 35 pounds of meat through in under 40 minutes. People said that the smell of the iron cooking the meat was making them drool. And everything was served hot thanks to the offset shelf built into the hood. The grill will go some through charcoal and you need to be careful not to knock the cooking grates down into the belly when you lift them off but other than that, this grill is sa-weet. Now, can you find something better? Maybe. Can you spend more? Definitely. But, for $189, this is a griller's dream. I wouldn't recommend this grill for "family of 4" BBQs because 1000 sq. inches is a LOT of grill. But if you love charcoal and entertain 10-20-30 or more people or throw well-attended pool parties, you will actually get time to spend with your guests because (1) they will join you at the grill once the iron gets hot; and (2) you won't spend the entire day cooking. I got more compliments using this grill than I have using my Webers for the past 20 years and I have received some compliments. Am I giving up my Webers (I have two)? No, they are great for small cooking, and they use a whole lot less charcoal. They are after all, Webers, but when I need to quell a riot with a bunch of meat, this grill is awesome. Some cautions, what looks like a chincy thermometer in the hood is actually pretty accurate and believe it when it says the grill is freaking hot. This grill will put off some heat. Second, the center of the offset rack is directly over the center of the grill and anything you put there will become charcoal if you don't pay attention. And yes, put the grease can (I used a Progresso soup can) in place. You'll need it unles you like cleaning up.
June 27, 2011
Exelent Grill for the Price
This grill is plenty big enough to grill for even the hungriest of families. I wish someone would make the exact same grill out of stainless steel. The seasons here in Minnesota are pretty rough on regular steel. However, I covered it from top to bottom with coconut oil as soon as I had it together and seasoned it, and I haven't had any problems so far. I do make sure to cover it if I know it's going to rain. We'll see how it holds up over the winter. Also, if you look around the web, there are a laundry list of modifications people have made to this grill for various reasons, so I would go to some grilling forums and read up on it before buying. If it doesn't meet your needs out of the box, there may be a few easy tweaks you could make to change that.
May 17, 2012
My birthday present !!!
Bought the last one in stock on 08-13-10 at my local BPS. The assembly instructions require for 2 people,but I was able to do it by myself in about 2 hours. So far I've smoked chicken and grilled some pork chops. I will be doing ribs and pork shoulders for Labor Day weekend.
September 4, 2010