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  Reply # 1163986 28-Oct-2014 21:30
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blakamin: We bought a new BBQ at BBQs galore nearly 2 years ago. First time I used it, it took 45 minutes to cook sausages.
Rang them up and was told "it's designed to cook with the lid closed"... WTF?? Seriously... Who cooks sausages and steak with the lid closed?

I always cook steak with the lid closed.  One of the secrets to a good steak is to get the BBQ as hot as possible, and closing the lid helps with this.  I quickly open the lid halfway through cooking to flip the steaks and then it stays closed until they're done.

The secret to a good steak is is a quality cut and prep. Olive oil, salt, pepper, room temp.  Super hot plate. Slide occasionally to a hotter part. Turn once.
Mine are done when the juice just appears on top. Can't see that with the lid closed and I'm not steaming it.
25 years since a chef (for ambassadors) showed me what to do and I've never had a complaint.

Lokhor, May your BBQ's always be great! :)

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  Reply # 1165520 31-Oct-2014 09:12
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t0ny: Getting even heat is important in a Bbq so buy what ever is in your budget and underlay some ceremic stones.Most of the cheap plates will warp under high heat so just control the heat and season them properly.

How do you season them properly?

The BBQ's usually come with instructions but my technique involves, salt, onion and good cooking oil with high smoking point. Heat the bbq and rub cooking oil followed by salt. I then cut the onion in half and rub it on the plates. Wipe and repeat couple of times. In the end, before cooking, i cut some fat off the meat and rub it on the plate so that the plates get coated with the fat evenly.

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  Reply # 1166634 1-Nov-2014 18:57
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we bought one of those 6wharehouse BBQ's and it is DEFINITLY not as hot as our old four burner jackaroo. you have to have the burners on full and just let it sit for AGES to get a decent temp to cook steak....pretty dissappointed really.

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