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Review: Kamado Joe…The Best Damn Grill I Have Ever Used

Written by Appliance Dude | June 20th, 2015

After cooking on a Kamado Joe grill for the past 2 weeks, I am ready to make and stand firmly behind the following statement:
This is the best damn grill I have ever used (and I have used some damn good grills).

I own a new DCS BGC36BQAR which is barely a month old and while it’s a fine grill, I have basically abandoned it for the Kamado Joe.

Why?

The food coming off the kamado simply tastes better and is moister than the results from the premium high end gas grills.
The combination of the lump hardwood charcoal which imparts a smoky flavor plus the incredible insulation provided by the ceramic walls of the kamado which retains flavor/moisture has lead this foodie to grilling nirvana.

Let’s just be 100% transparent – as a dealer I make much more profit selling stainless high-end grills than a Kamado Joe, but the results from the kamado are so superior that it is my duty as a bbq bodissatva to spread the truth. You must go kamado!

Here is a picture gallery from my first Kamado cook. In this one I grilled some pork chops, wild salmon and the piece de resistance was a prime ribeye from my guy Mini in Bronxville, NY which will be the focus of this photo gallery. Feast your eyes on the following and stay tuned for more kamado posts!

kamado joe

The Appliance Dude gets ready to rock the Kamado joe. Where’s the beer?!

Liquid Aloha!!!!

Longboard Ale from Hawaii. Liquid Aloha!!!!

Here are my two firestarters. They got the Kamado Joe firing away in about 15 mins.

Here are my two firestarters. They got the Kamado Joe firing away in about 15 mins.

Two beautiful ribeye steals from Mini's of Bronxville decorated with Jake's Coffee Rub.

Two beautiful ribeye steaks from Mini’s of Bronxville decorated with Jake’s Coffee Rub.

The ribeye's are searing away on the Kamado Joe.

The ribeye’s are searing away on the Kamado Joe.

The thermometer doesn't lie! Medium rare here we go!

The thermometer doesn’t lie! Medium rare here we go!

Medium rare perfection. Side to side pinkness.  Juicy.  Incredible caramelization with a photo-worthy bark on top.

Medium rare perfection. Side to side pinkness.
Juicy.
Incredible caramelization with a photo-worthy bark on top.

Review: DCS 36 Grill Grease Management System – DCS BGC36BQARN

Written by Appliance Dude | June 3rd, 2015

What sets DCS grills apart from the competition is their patented Grease Management System. The system features channeled grates which are sloped into a trough in the front of the grill. Grease is funneled from the food (and away from the burners) thus limiting the amount of sustained flare ups which are the bane of any griller.

This quick video clearly illustrates the DCS Grease Management system at work. I took an incredibly juicy Kobe beef burger which had flavorful juice seeping from it. My former grill would have lit up like the Bonfire of the Vanities as the juices would have had nowhere to go but on the burners. In this case, watch the DCS pull the grease away.

Review: Capital Dual Fuel Range COB366 Part 1 – The Oven!

Written by Appliance Dude | June 1st, 2015

I’ve owned a Capital Dual Fuel range since last May and we love it.
Now it’s time to start spreading the love and showing people why this is one of the most incredible high-end ranges on the market.
Yes, the burners can lash out Godzilla-style but the real action is in the oven. This is Part 1 of a multi-part series.
And yes, I know it’s 8 mins long, but make yourself comfortable and feel the love. This costs over $6k so the time will be well spent!

NB – Click the wheel on the YouTube player for HD!

Kamado Joe…

Written by Appliance Dude | May 19th, 2015


Incoming….

Kamado Joe grills at Curto's

Review: New DCS BGC36BQARN Grill – Hot as H–L!

Written by Appliance Dude | May 16th, 2015

I’ve owned the new DCS BGC36BQARN for about 3 weeks now and I continue to test it in a variety of ways to see if it’s up to snuff and a true leader in the premium grills category. One thing that I have observed multiple times is that this grill is HOT AS H-LL. When I used to fire up my Wolf OG36 grill, I would put it on high, close the lid and come back to it about 10 minutes and I’d be ready to cook, sear or do whatever. With the DCS, all I have to do is put it on the MED or HIGH setting (forget about SEAR!) and within 5-7 mins this grill is white hot. So much so that I’ve had some problems pulling hamburgers or chicken burgers off the back portion of the grates b/c I can’t stretch my arms over the grates, even at an elevated level. That’s lead to my next grill-related purchase.
After 4 years of grilling with a Weber Summit and the Wolf OG36, I never experienced such heat that I needed to back off the grill (or get gloves). I’m convinced that this is due to the new DCS grill design for 2015 which includes a stainless heat reflector shield built around the base of the burner. This shield will reflect any heat that is moving in a downward direction to be reflected back up towards the grates so as to improve heating efficiency. It’s my belief that this is the most significant addition to the new DCS grills in 2015, surpassing that of the hybrid IR insert burner and the griddle accessory. A hot grill is a great grill and DCS has certainly upped the heat ante with these shields.

Review: New DCS Grill – IR Sear Burner – BGC36BQAR

Written by Appliance Dude | April 30th, 2015

I’ve been playing around with the new DCS BGC36BQAR-L and it’s IR hybrid burner insert.
Not that DCS needed something like this b/c it’s been the only grill that allowed for full-surface searing but the market place
has called out for a dedicated sear component, so this is what DCS came up with. I love the fact that they still aren’t tethered to a fixed sear burner which takes up valuable grilling real estate. You can pop the sear insert over any burner and watch it glow! Watch the video and learn and any questions please visit us at the showroom or give us a call – and yes we ship DCS nationwide.
Curto’s
1966 Central Park Ave
Yonkers NY 10710
www.curtos.com

New Alfresco Grill Pics : Reviews/Ratings

Written by Appliance Dude | April 24th, 2015

Feast your eyes on some new Alfresco grill outdoor kitchen pics. The pictures probably do a better job explaining all of the possibilities with the Alfresco line of grills (which can be dizzying once you start poring though their catalog). As I’ve stated to many folks walking through the showroom doors, if you are a serious griller (or aspire to be), especially one who envisions using their grill year round, Alfresco is the way to go because of the safety features and protection it provides for the wiring and igniters (which are always the problematic parts on grills).
Enjoy and if you want to see the Alfresco built-in grill with its various accoutrements come visit the Curto’s showroom in Westchester County NY.

Alfresco's new ALXE series grill

Alfresco’s new ALXE series grill

Alfresco grill with Steamer/Fryer Insert

Alfresco grill with Steamer/Fryer Insert

Alfresco Grill Herb Smoker

The Alfresco Grill Works!

The Alfresco Grill Works!

Review: New DCS Grills for 2015 – Part 1

Written by Appliance Dude | April 21st, 2015

The new DCS “C-series” grills are out and the Appliance Dude snagged one for home use! This will be the first of a long series of posts detailing my experience with this grill – BGC36BQARL. After many years of standing pat with their grill design (why mess with perfection?!) DCS incorporated a few new features in the C-series grills including an improved smoker, drop-in infrared burner or griddle as accessories as well as some new embellishments to fit and finish.
It is my duty as an appliance Jedi to absolutely use and abuse this grill so I can report back to all of you on the good, the bad and the ugly…and I will! So watch this video to get the grill fired up and watch for a relentless stream of posts on the DCS 36″ grill.

*Editors Note: This video was not one of my A+ editing jobs and lacks the typical amount of photos and music I like to include. I’m still wrapping my hands around the new video editing software…I ask for your patience please!”