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Alfresco Grill Review: Perfect Burgers on the FireGriddle

Written by Appliance Dude | September 25th, 2017

Perfect burgers = Alfresco ALXE-42 Grill + Alfresco Solid Fuel Insert to cook with wood n fire + new tool.

Or as I like to call it….FIREGRIDDLING.

Watch the video for the details!

5 Reasons Why the Alfresco Grill Solid Fuel Insert Kicks A@&

Written by Appliance Dude | August 3rd, 2017

The other day I hosted a customer who had seen my videos and wanted to take the Alfresco 42 ALXE-42SZ for a spin. He was intrigued by the power that the grill generated through the 28.5K btu burners and was focused on the Alfresco Hellfire sear zone. If you have not read or seen my other blog postings / videos, the Alfresco sear zone may be the hottest of all the premium gas grills, reaching an infernal temperature of 1800F. Do you really need to sear a steak at a temperature that you could probably forge steel at? No, but it certainly is cool talking about that number : )

What he did not realize was that the Alfresco solid fuel insert, which is the drop-in accessory that allows you to cook with wood or charcoal, is the BEST way to sear your food on an Alfresco grill. He brought a well-marbled 2.5″ thick ribeye to my house, rubbed it with kosher salt and pepper and we ran a test where one side was seared on the Hellfire sear zone and the other side was cooked on the solid fuel insert. Results – the solid fuel insert did a better job as we developed more of a bark on the side of beef and it imparted a tasty, woodsy flavor profile that was multi-dimensional. Picture biting into a piece and the first sensation is a little bit of char and grit that suddenly hits you with some wood / smoke and then suddenly you get the sanguine lusciousness of the medium rare interior. It was off the charts!

So the Alfresco solid fuel insert is an ABSOLUTE must have accessory with any Alfresco grill as it will fit every size. Here are my top 5 reasons why you need it:

1 – It sears better than the infrared sear zone

2 – Food tastes better when you cook over a live fire!

3 – It does more than sear – customers have taught me how to do 2-zone cooking with it where you bank your coals in the front or back. This will leave enough room to sear two large steaks and have a sufficient area in the front for a different temp zone

4 – It’s portable – if you don’t want to use it, pull it out. You can’t do that with a sear zone burner that is taking up 33% of the grill surface

5 – It’s easy clean – just take a shop vac to the solid fuel insert and you’re done. Or, lift the solid fuel box out of the grill, dump put the ash, and you’re good to go.


BONUS – if you cook with lump charcoal you can reuse your coal for your next cook, so you prolong the life of your fuel and save $$.

Alfresco Grill Review – “Almost Perfect” Steak with the Solid Fuel Insert

Written by Appliance Dude | March 1st, 2017

Using two cooking zones on Alfresco’s SFI-POD Steak, Senor Smoke attains near steak perfection

March 1 2017

Two years ago I sold an Alfresco grill to a cat we will call “Steve from Scarsdale”. This was a special sale. Why?
The sales cycle took over one year. Talk about a considered purchase.

Steve took his dear, sweet time to order b/c he had a ton of research to do. He has an engineering background so he was paying close attention to the grill’s design integrity and details such as thickness, soldering, and overall product construct.

His final decision – an Alfresco.

Steve also purchased a few accessories including the solid fuel insert. Am few months after delivery I dropped him a note to see how he was enjoying the grill.
We got to talking about the solid fuel insert and he mentioned that he was doing dual zone cooking on it. I didn’t understand how he was able to pull that off considering the insert is not immense. He told me that the key was to bank your lump charcoal in the back of the insert and then leave the entire front of the insert empty. He said that there would be ample space with a “split” grate so that the dual zone method would not inhibit you with limited real estate.

So I tested Steve’s idea with a very thick strip steak that I knew could use some indirect heat as well as an intense sear.
I banked my Kamado Joe lump charcoal in the back of the solid fuel insert and lit it with the Alfresco burner. After 7 minutes the charcoal was fully ignited and ready to go. The steak, which had been massaged with olive oil, Jacobsens sea salt and cracked pepper was placed at the front of the insert as I wanted to reverse-sear this – cooking at a lower temperature and then searing at the end of the cook.


As you can see by the below photos, I had a significant spread in temperature at the grill grate – I was seeing a 500 degree difference which I could not believe.
I let the thick steak sit on the front of the solid fuel insert for about 7 – 8 minutes total, turning every 3 mins to get the cross hatch marks.
After the 8 minutes were up I move the steak the back portion of the solid fuel insert and immediately noticed that the steak was undergoing a sear – audibly the sizzle started to pick up and the smoke and flame started to kick in as well. Things were hot back there!


After about 2-3 minutes per side I pulled the steak and let it temp under loosely tented foil for about 10 minutes. The result – incredibly delicious medium rare and quite a tasty bark on it from the sear.


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Temperature at front of solid fuel insert reads 455 degrees

Temperature Reads 985 at back of solid fuel insert where charcoal is banked.

Alfresco Grill Review: Best Chicken Ever, Indirect Roasting and the Dead – Curtos.com

Written by Appliance Dude | December 29th, 2016

Took another accessory home for my Alfresco ALXE42SZ grill and I ended up making the best chicken I’ve ever produced on the Alfresco.
The indirect roasting pod is entirely legit, check it out and let me know about your results.
It’s accessories like this that separate Alfresco from the other premium gas grills.
Buy one for your Alfresco, load her up with a bird or roast of sorts, make sure the beer is cold and plays some Dead circa 1972!

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Alfresco Grill Review: Rocking the Steamer Fryer Insert! – AG-SF

Written by Appliance Dude | December 28th, 2016

Alfresco Grill Review – Steamer Fryer Insert AG-SF

Yes, it did sit in the box for nearly 1 year, but I am happy to announce that I broke open the Alfresco Steamer Fryer insert AG-SF and was astounded by the results!
We did shrimp tempura for the inaugural cook. Not only did the shrimp taste great, but it changes the narrative on what we are willing to cook – reason being is that frying was a rare occurrence because we didn’t want to deal with the smell and cleanup in the kitchen. Now with the Alfresco AG-SF steamer fryer insert, the frying can all be done outside so the kitchen stays sparkly clean! We have tons of ideas on what to do next…fried oreos, fried ice cream, rice balls, eggplant parmigiana, chicken fingers…the only question will be how to do this without causing our collective cholesterol to go through the roof!

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