Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Slown ‘N Sear for the Weber Kettle Grill. After over two years of using the Smokenator, I have definitely found a better solution. Don’t get me wrong, the Smokenator is a fine product, the Slown ‘N Sear is simply a massive improvement.
One way is that you don’t have to cram charcoal into it and deal with it moving around. Another is that is has a capacity of 4 cups (a full quart) of water in its integrated reservoir, so it can run for hours closed and without needing a refill, and thus spiking in temperature.
On top of all this rather than cheap stamped thin steel the Slown ‘N Sear is made of almost 6 pounds of heavy grade stainless steel. I have decided that next week I am going to trying doing my first ever smoked chuck roast.
For full disclosure I was given this item in return for my review, but as you all know if something sucks, I say it sucks. And my friends this thing far from sucks in a word it rocks.
I do want to note I did have some issues holding the temperature as low as I would have liked. My take aways on this are as follows…
- The biggest issue was that I had to open the kettle more often and leave it open longer than I should of, due to wanting to explain the entire cook on film. This let way too much air get the coals going a bit too fast.
- The other issue is likely that I really did overload the charcoal well. The instructions say to add one chimney of coals to the dozen you get ashed over. I pretty much filled it all the way to the top, so much so that they grate was a bit elevated when the cook started.
Even with that the highest temp I hit was in the 260s and the cook stayed below 240 for most of the time. I also do highly recommend the dual probe BBQ thermometer for all low and slow cooks, it is the, Famili Digital Remote Thermometer, but that will be a review for another day.
But if you are a Weber Kettlehead let me say the Slown ‘N Sear is one piece of kit you really want to add to your arsenal. The best part unlike other such tools, this one can just stay in your grill, I really don’t like single use items. The Slown ‘N Sear is just as at home grilling steaks and finishing them on indirect heat as it is at taking a pork shoulder for a 8 hour low and slow ride. In fact I can’t wait to give that a try.
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Here is a video of my first run with the Slown ‘N Sear I will add more cook videos to this page as I continue to perfect my technique with it.
P.S. if you want the Plus Model in this video with the grid bottom, it costs a bit more. I chose the plus model because I was offered either, it may or may not be worth the extra money to you. I leave that decision to you, if you want the plus model you can order from this link, Slow ‘N Sear Plus.