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Old 12-26-2004, 09:55 PM   #1
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Got a Cobb Grill for Christmas!

A while back we discussed grills here, and XRay mentioned the Cobb Grill, and it sounded like a good idea. I left the hubby a note that I wanted one for Christmas, and he actually remembered! So tonight I went ahead and gave it a try.

It's wonderful! It's the perfect size for cooking for two, and it has a cool-touch plastic exterior. It only uses 8-10 pieces of charcoal. The charcoal I was using was old so I had a hard time lighting it, but I finally just stuck a piece of fatwood under it to get it going, then everything went smooth. In my big grill I would have to add briquettes to keep it going, but in this grill 8 briquettes did the job of cooking two big pork chops for about an hour, and were still going when I went out to clean up after dinner. I just dunked them in water to put them out, brought the grill in to cool, and cleaned it off in the sink. It has a non-stick grilling surface, so it was easy to clean up. Now it's clean and stowed away again. It's going to be awsome to take along on our trips, and it's small enough I should have no problem finding room for it in the trailer.

I'm very happy. Tonight we did pork chops with leeks and white wine in the trough below the grate. Delicious! Tomorrow I'm going to try cooking Salmon in it, maybe use some woodchips and see how it smokes.
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Old 12-27-2004, 02:23 AM   #2
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Stephanie,

I took a look at the website and that is a pretty impressive looking unit. I have never heard of it before but I am definitely book marking the info for later when I finally get to the point of being able to take our AS out. It looks like it would be well worth the money. Please keep us posted on your results.

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Old 12-27-2004, 11:54 AM   #3
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Keep the recipies coming...they sound delicious! We got the BabyQ but the Cobb sounds great for cooking chops and other meats with veggies in the trough...yum! Please let us know how it smokes, it's small and perfect for 2 (3 counting Ernie who loves a good BBQ!) and awesome it cooks so long with 8 briquettes. Small enough for our Bambi too!
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Stephanie,

That looks great! Keep posting your experiences with it. Does the smoke flavor come through in your food? I have a small propane unit now and while it works, I just am not impressed with how the food tastes.

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Whew! Boy am I glad you like it Stef! Hate to recommend something to have someone else have a totally different opinion... In your case, TERRIFIC!

We really enjoy ours and it works so well with the Airstream - easy to store, small size, simple to clean, etc. I prepackage the right amount of charcoal and fatwood in ziplocks and store them in the Cobb. Simple and clean.

Congrats and Happy Holidays!!! Sounds like you got yourself a good husband.
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Oh yes, he is SUCH a keeper

I think my only complaint about the Cobb is that it would have been better if the little center section where the briquettes burn was removable, then it would have been easier to just pull the briquettes and ashes out as a unit, and get the juices out of the trough and clean that part of it. Most of my time in cleaning was spent dealing with the leftovers in the burn chamber because I didn't want to wash the ashes down the sink, and there was still some liquid in the trough. So I carefully scooped the hot ashes out in to the water bucket with the briquettes. Then cleaning the rest of it was simple. How do you handle cleaning, XRay?
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my cobb just arrived

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I think my only complaint about the Cobb is that it would have been better if the little center section where the briquettes burn was removable, then it would have been easier to just pull the briquettes and ashes out as a unit, and get the juices out of the trough and clean that part of it. Most of my time in cleaning was spent dealing with the leftovers in the burn chamber because I didn't want to wash the ashes down the sink, and there was still some liquid in the trough. So I carefully scooped the hot ashes out in to the water bucket with the briquettes. Then cleaning the rest of it was simple. How do you handle cleaning, XRay?
OK, Steph, because you're my airstreamforums heroine , I ordered a Cobb grill too and it arrived today. It sure is cute, matches the airstream (very important, don't you think?), and seems multi-functional. I like its compact size. However, cleaning sounds like a real pain. I'd like to know some cleaning tips too. Have you used the Cobb since your post? And how long did it take for the coals to get hot? The website says something like 10 minutes but the instructions say 25-30 mins.

BTW, I'll finally tear myself away from the Monterey Peninsula in a week or two (damn...it's raining MORE here than OREGON!!! and my sweet Tradewind has sprung a leak ) and hope to get in lots of grilling while on the road.
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Hi Annette,

I was wondering how you were doing on the road. If it's raining too much for you, just head south - right? Sorry to hear about the leak, I think most old AS have that problem. Mine still does even after sealing all the seams. Finding every little leak is really hard!

I have used the cobb again. Still haven't really gotten the hang of cleaning it. I waited until it cooled last time and sopped up the liquid in the moat with a wad of papertowels and then dumped the papertowels and ash right into the trash.

I haven't tried smoking yet, but did a nice soy/maple glazed salmon on the grill - yum! It just got too darn cold around here for me. I know it's much colder in other parts of the country, but I just can't stand it if my hands are going numb while I'm tending the grill, so I guess grilling season is over for a little while!
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Cobb Grill

This sounds like a perfect grill for us. Will order one soon.
By the way, my husband & I are in awe of you! I thought when you were redoing the axles it was so brave of you. Then, the refrigerator, wow!

Our hat is off to you and you are such an inspiration to us!

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finally used the cobb

Hello Stef and other interested parties....I finally got a chance to use the cobb grill. It worked great, the coals heated quickly, but the clean-up was a mess - especially since I was boondocking! There's got to be a trick to this and I'm tempted to email the company and see what they say. I'll keep you posted.

And an update on my travels - the rain is following me! While I was in California they had record-breaking rainfall. Here I am south of Tucson and a big old storm is moving in (do I close the zipdee? if it can survive gusts on the columbia river, i think it can survive this - we'll see. i'll get the ladder handy just in case )
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put it in the dishwasher.

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Hello Stef and other interested parties....I finally got a chance to use the cobb grill. It worked great, the coals heated quickly, but the clean-up was a mess - especially since I was boondocking! There's got to be a trick to this and I'm tempted to email the company and see what they say. I'll keep you posted.

And an update on my travels - the rain is following me! While I was in California they had record-breaking rainfall. Here I am south of Tucson and a big old storm is moving in (do I close the zipdee? if it can survive gusts on the columbia river, i think it can survive this - we'll see. i'll get the ladder handy just in case )
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put it in the dishwasher.
Ha, if only! Hey wait, I'm always discovering new things about this Tradewind so maybe there's a dishwasher around here somewhere...I'll go look.
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Hi Annette! Glad to hear you're still trucking along. We have friends in Phoenix and they called to tell us how crazy it was getting down there. And to think they moved to AZ to get away from the rain in Portland!
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Hi Annette! Glad to hear you're still trucking along. We have friends in Phoenix and they called to tell us how crazy it was getting down there. And to think they moved to AZ to get away from the rain in Portland!
I know! it's actually cold outside. And I was feeling silly for bringing so many sweaters.

Yes, I am still truckin' along. I absolutely wanted to give up this whole venture due to my experience towing from Sacramento to Monterey - I really hated it. But since leaving Monterey, things have been great. So many beautiful roads; people have been incredible. And there are lots of airstreams down here! However, I do miss the northwest.

Oh, and just as I thought, no dishwasher on the Tradewind.
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