Jun 292016
 

I don’t know what it is about food cooked outside on a grill, but it doesn’t matter if it’s hot dogs, hamburgers, or steak, it just all seems to taste better to me. So when the folks from ManGrate contacted me a while back to ask if I would be interested in receiving a pair of their cast-iron grill grates to review, I said sure.



Well actually Miss Terry, the world’s greatest cook, said, “Yes, I want to try them out!” So I told their marketing person to send them to us here at Elkhart Campground

My first impression when I picked up the package was, “These things must be well-built, because they’re heavy!” Indeed they are; each American made ManGrate measures 4.25″ wide by 15″ long and weighs eight pounds. Yes, if you are a weight conscious RVer who is worried about adding anything extra to your rig, that’s something to consider. But trust me, these things are worth throwing something else out to make room for them!



Cast iron is porous, but once it is seasoned, the pores of the grates are filled with oils and fats resulting in a durable, non-stick surface. The grates have smoke rails, angled ledges on each bar of the ManGrate, that are designed to trap and retain oils and fats released during grilling. Those juices aid in the natural smoking process, giving meats a rich, barbecued flavor. I’m not a technical kind of guy, we all know that, so that’s as in-depth as I’m going to get about their construction.

Grates 2

Grates 1

But I am a guy who likes good food, and we all know that, too. And let me tell you something, I may never go to Texas Roadhouse again! The other day Miss Terry made me a steak using the ManGrates on top of our stainless steel Igloo tabletop gas grill. Seriously folks, it came out better than anything I’ve ever had in a steakhouse. At the same time, Terry grilled a tuna steak and the couple of bites I had of it were delicious.

Steak Tuna

She was at it again yesterday, this time grilling thick pork chops, and they were outstanding. We may never cook inside our motorhome again!

Pork chops

Anybody who’s been reading my blog or the Gypsy Journal for very long knows that I don’t endorse a product that I don’t use myself. And you also know that if I think a product is crap, I’ll tell you so. I don’t make a penny from the sale of these grates, and except for the pair that the company sent me to review, I receive no compensation. But if you like cooking outside over an open fire, trust me on this, order yourself a set of ManGrates.

You can learn more about the grates at http://mangrate.com/. If you include the promo code RVGYPSY in your communications, Mangrate will give you a 40% discount on a two-grate bundle, which includes a pair of grates, a grill brush, cottonseed oil, and a sprayer for seasoning the grates.

Besides testing out the ManGrates and all of that good eating, we’ve been busy the last few days visiting with people who have stopped by, writing, and weaving. I’m about 20,000 words into my new Big Lake mystery novel, and Terry cut her latest weaving project off the loom yesterday. Once she gets it wet finished and pressed, I can’t wait to get a couple of pictures of it to share with you, hopefully in tomorrow’s blog. I think you’re going to be impressed!

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  2 Responses to “Summertime Is Grilling Time”

  1. Patio Bistro 180 Gas Tabletop Grill, uses a true infrared grate it does The same exact thing that you’re 16 pound cast-iron set up is
    it changes how the heat goes through the grill
    On Your cast- iron set up,it looks like they’ve mimicked the infrared grill type pattern
    The part that I like about the bistro, is you use half the amount of heat to do the same job i’ve had mine for over a year now and cook at least two sometimes three times a week I would never go back to a standard type grill again and you get a special scraper that designed for that type of grill only,,no more wire brushed
    Now if I could get them make a mini 1/2 size Orion cooker I’d never cook inside
    Enjoy your day

  2. Got a two-grate bundle coming my way. Thanks, Nick!

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