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New gas BBQ diffuser plates vs. flavor

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Posted by mike98926 on May 13, 2011 at 11:11:37:

Finally had to put my old gas with lava rock grill down. Now I am in the new gas BBQ grill search mode.

Wanted to find one that would smoke and grill and tried a masterbuilt bullet style. It smoked well, though the wind here is strong and the burner get going out. But it did not grill well.

Now have a Brinkman Pro 5 burner from Home Depot. Just like all of the other new gas grills it comes with inverted metal diffusers over the flame tubes. I am able to indirect smoke/cook OK, but the grilling leaves the meat unremarkable - kind of like it was cooked in the kitchen on a medium heat. Sear marks are difficult to get and no bbq flavor.

I have heard of people changing the diffuser shields and utilizing either a lower rack of ceramic blocks or lava rocks. It would seem that would provide for a more natural bbq grill flavor.

At this point I will either try that for a bit or I will take it back during my 90 day trial and simply return to charcoal for grilling and worry about smoking at another time.

Any thoughts and guidance would be apprecaited. I can't even find lava rocks in my small town anymore so it seems the technology has shifted - but what about the flavor?


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