Is my grill too hot?
I finally got a nice digital thermometer and spent a couple of hours profiling my grill. It's a 2 burner cast aluminum Sunbeam that I've had for years and finally got around to reconditioning it last summer. The temperatures I'm seeing seem a bit high (compared to my oven/range) and I'm curious if they are typical or if I'm going to have problems with slow cooking/smoking which is a new territory for me. I've been reading that I need to be at 230-250 for a few hours to successfully cook ribs for instance, and the grill doesn't go that low.
These are the results of my tests. Cover closed, center temp on the cook grill -
Time: 30 min, center 430, warming rack 355, both burners low
Time: 1 hr, center 264, warmer 250, one burner off, one low
Time 1:30, measured over the "off" side main grill 257, warmer 230
Does this look normal to you guys? With both burners on medium it'll peg a 500 degree thermometer.
Dave from CT