Bakers and Chefs event grill

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mikedixon, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. mikedixon

    mikedixon Smoke Blower

     I am thinking of buying the 8 burner event grill they have at Sams club. I am setting up a food booth for my 1st time the 1st two weekends in October, and I need some capacity. Have any of you had any experience with this grill? It looks like a pretty good rig, but you never know until you cook on it.
     
  2. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    az
    i've never use one but i would ask you what are you cooking? how much are you cooking? how much are you planning to make on this event? will you use it again?
     
  3. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have looked at the grill when I have been at Sams and thought it looked like a much better quality grill than 3 burner grill's designed for camping (like Camp Chef) and seemed to me for the price compared to camping grills a better value. I have never researched but thought it would be a great to find a thick steel Teflon coated or cast iron top for pancakes, eggs, bacon, etc. that would fit at least 3 burners of the grill leaving a 4th burner available for something else.
     
  4. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    az
    that would be sweet! a 1/2 inch thick high polished steel would work.
     
  5. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I guess I'll be the inquisitor here and ask some Chef questions [​IMG]  - so how many BTU's are the burners and what kind of burners are they - galvanized - stainless ?  and how much are ya gonna use this - The reason I ask is that when you are cooking, the BTU's (not having enough of them ) could be an issue depending on the ambient temp outside ( you mentioned October) and the other issue with the burners is how they hold up to cleaning. Cooking at an event is a messy job at best.  

    I just saw this really neat looking unit at Costco today but it is only 10,000 BTU and would not be enough heat for my purposes - my philosophy is that you can always turn it down if you don't need it but you can't turn it up higher if you don't have the BTU's

    You might look for the grill pan at Restaurant Depot or other restaurant supply in your area

    Good luck with this and I hope this helps -
     
  6. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Scarbelly

    Looking at Sams website, here is how the BTU's are rated - 116,000 BTU performance (14500 BTU x 8 burners) for $400
     
  7. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Mike and MossyMo
    That would be a good one for sure - I just went to the website and the burners are stainless - looks like you could line the bottom with foil too which would help with the clean up - neat too that it will fit into a standard size pick up truck bed - you might think about getting one of the big bottles for propane if you are gonna be using it all day so you dont have to change in the middle of the cook
     
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2010
  8. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    az
    you know, sometimes we just want things............... we will worry about the partiulars later! [​IMG]
     
  9. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    A couple of years ago, one of our lumber yards would do a BBQ one Friday a month.  They used two old gas grills and always had trouble keeping up with demand for burgers and brats.  I suggested they spring for the $400.00 and get this one from Sam's.  What a difference!  It worked perfectly for feeding upwards of 200 hungry carpenters in a short period of time.  My vote would be to go for it.[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2010
  10. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    that grill uses two propane tanks, just so you know
     
  11. mikedixon

    mikedixon Smoke Blower

    Thanks everyone for the info. I have researched it as far as BTUs and such, but even if it put out as many BTUs as the sun, it is useless if it don't work. I was curious about the reliability of it. As far as the number of people I am going to feed, I hope everyone in the county wants to come buy some of my food. I cook regularly for 60 to 100 people at my brothers party barn, but these festivals/fairs/car shows are new to me. I intend on using this grill a great deal. I happen to be making fajitas at this 1st event, so I need griddles.As far as the griddle plates, they are available from the parts supplier. Stainless steel with 3 inch tall sides, and 2 of them will almost cover the grill completely. $59 bucks each if I remember right, although, the fabricator in my is telling me to make it myself. We'll see what happens. I will post pictures when I get it, and of what ever I decide to do for a griddle.

     By the way, I took left over fajitas to work today, ( I was having a practice run) and I was informed that they were going to take orders from within the plant (and take up money) for me to cook fajitas for everyone else that wants them. I happened to give the maintenance secretary a fajita, and that was her idea. She takes care of us maintenance men. I dread her retiring in a few months.
     
  12. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The customer reviews sound like it is a well made unit. Do you have a link to the manufacturer? I am interested in the $59 stainless gridles.
     
  13. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

  14. mikedixon

    mikedixon Smoke Blower

    The one I was talking about, the lady at the help desk told me about.  The number I called was 888-837-1380.  It may be the same thing Pandemonium has the link to. I never saw it, the customer service lady told me about it. Actually after looking at that link again, I think the one I called about was bigger. I was thinking she told me like 17x 23 x 3 or something like that.
     
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2010
  15. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Not me Rob - I always wait on getting what I want as you know -i'm never impulsive so don't read my post on the LEM or the plow disc Wok [​IMG]
     
     
  16. mikedixon

    mikedixon Smoke Blower

    After studying it, this Blackstone grill will work fine for what I am doing, and will fit in my Expedition too.
     
  17. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    That blackstone griddle does look great just more than I need.
     
  18. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Congrats on the new unit - be sure to post up some Qview so we can all enjoy
     
  19. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice choice Mike, did you order the Grill Box Accessory with it?
     

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