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    Took my Caliente Argentine/Tuscan Style Grill Kit out for a spin today

    First saw this getup over at WKC and I was intrigued. One popped up on CL for a song, and like a fish, I instinctively jumped on it. It's been sitting in my garage since last fall just waiting for me to try it out. Had some nice thick filets to cook so today seemed like the right time

    This thing works kind of like a Santa Maria, only you raise and lower the coals instead of the food grate. One side benefit of the design is that you can use the kettle lid on the cook.


    Filets went on for a quick sear with the coals about 2 inches away. Rotated for diamonds then flipped. Went with the sear first instead of reverse sear because this thing is new to me and I'm in the learning phase.








    Moved the steaks over to indirect side and dropped the coals down 10 or 12 inches or so. Guessing on that as I didn't have a measuring tape on me.






    The attachment is pretty nice. Has a weighted crank handle so the charcoal grate stays where you want it. Each crank around drops it by some increment, again, didn't measure. One modification that I will do is to make some kind of lip around the charcoal grate so that the briquettes don't fall over the edge.
    Last edited by DaveW; 05-11-2018 at 12:24 AM.
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    Steaks look great Dave, but you've got to give us smoe more info on that grill attachment. I've never seen or heard of it, but you sure got my attention with all those steaks!
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    Yep, looks really interesting, I want more information! More pix, more beef!
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    This reminds me of how much I want a Santa Maria Kettle attachment

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    Thanks guys. Sometime last year, someone popped up at WKC and offered 5 free ones to the first 5 people to reply or PM. All he wanted in exchange was for them to post an honest review on Amazon.

    Sadly, I missed out on that. 5 others made the cut and received them.

    Doing a search for "Caliente Argentine/Tuscan Style Grill Kit", I see it's still up at Amazon, but also on Ebay and apparently, even from Walmart's website

    Google search also reveals a bunch of different photos. When I get back home, I take some more photos and post them.

    It's pretty neat. It utilizes your existing food and charcoal grates.
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    Just snooped over at Amazon and these things look pretty cool, $220.00 what a nifty idea! Yes, one is now on my wish list so, you guys can all chip in and get me one for my birthday!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy F. Lewis View Post
    Just snooped over at Amazon and these things look pretty cool, $220.00 what a nifty idea! Yes, one is now on my wish list so, you guys can all chip in and get me one for my birthday!


    Yeppers. I seriously doubt that I'd have bought it at retail pricing but then again, I'm extremely cheap. it sat on CL for quite a while and I talked with the seller for a couple of weeks before scoring it. It's super heavy duty and stout. Walls are much thicker than a Weber Roti ring. It's 20+ lbs of stainless steel with nice welds. Might take a second look at it and try and figure out if there's an easy way to mod it to double as a Rotisserie or a Cajun Bandit stacker.







    Some photos showing the INNER workings in case anyone is interested.

















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    You always find the cool stuff Dave, love this would be a great cooking tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin L (NKY) View Post
    You always find the cool stuff Dave, love this would be a great cooking tool.


    Thanks Kev! I'm having a blast with it so far.
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    Just noticed this thread. I ordered one a few days ago. It was between it or a Kudu grill. Decided the Caliente was a better fit for me: can be used when the wind is blowing, can accommodate a rotisserie ring & lid on or off. & it cost a lot less.
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