Large Adjustable Rig w/ Spider for Vision™ Grills - Grilling
How to Grill with the Rig in the Vision™ Grills
When grilling on ceramics, we recommend two approaches. The first grilling approach uses a very hot fire to sear, char or sauté. Grilling burgers and steaks are the most common cooks. Our preference is to perform these cooks close to the lump, either atop the fire bowl or inside the fire bowl on the Spider where the temperatures are greatest.
The second grilling approach uses typical oven temperatures (300°F - 425°F) to create a light crust, cook to an internal temperature, render fat and/or crisp skin. Examples of these cooks include: grilling brats without breaking the casing; finishing steaks to doneness after a sear, roasting chicken with crispy skin or rendering bacon fat on Jalapeno poppers (ABTs). Our recommendation is to complete these cooks by raising the grid(s) to the felt line or in the dome. The Large Adjustable Rig is the preferred equipment choice for raising the grid(s).
By raising the grid, temperature control is less demanding. Simply, you take full advantage of the radiant heat rising from the lump and minimize your chances to burn the food. Plus, handling food with tongs and turners is much easier.
Many ceramic owners advocate that reflective heating off the dome and/or convective heat patterns within the dome enhance grilling on a raised grid. We can confirm that many Adjustable Rig owners have commented: When grilling, the cooking methods are easier and the end product is characteristically better with a raised grid on the Rig.
The one question we get often is: What is the best height for raised grid grilling? There is no "best" height, as everyone's goals, habits or cooking procedures are slightly different. With the Adjustable Rig, it is nice to know you have flexibility, as the Rig provides several options for raising the grid(s).
Our preference at the Ceramic Grill Store is to go as high as possible, either atop the Rig or Rig Extender. We can grill hotter with less chance of burning the food, take full advantage of the radiant heat and maximize the benefits from the convective and reflective forces within the dome.
Grid Options atop the Rig:
You have two grid options for grilling atop the Rig. The first is the Vision™ lower grid - one with handles. The second option is our 18" Stainless grid. When using the 19" Vision™ grid atop the Rig, the grid must be placed with its handles to each side of the Rig's front opening, see picture below left. Ceramic Grill Store's 18" Round Stainless Grid is a better fit atop the Rig, as it is designed specifically for the Rig, see below right. The 18" Grid can be positioned in any direction.
If the Vision™ Grill is your primary (only) grill, then we highly recommend upgrading to our 18" Stainless Round Grid. It will make life much easier during your years of use!
Grilling on the Adjustable Rig w/ Spider (Rig) is a quick set-up. Set the Rig on top of the fire bowl, place the grid atop the Rig and start grilling. A couple of benefits of the set-up are:
- (1) access to the lump is easy;
- (2) the cooking grid is in the dome for more consistent temperatures; and
- (3) as a comparison, a grid atop the Rig is approximately 1.5 inches higher in the dome than the top grid on the Vision™ two grid set-up.
It is possible to set a grid at other heights within the Rig. All it takes is another grid. Pictured below is our 16.5" Round Stainless Grid sitting at the fire bowl and felt line levels. Other grid options include Ceramic Grill Store's 13"x17" Oval or 16.5" D Stainless Grids. 16.5" D grid works with our Extender - see below.
The best set-up for multi grids is with the Rig Extender and 16.5" D Grid, pictured below. The Rig Extender adds another level above the Rig. Check the Rig Extender and Sliding Grids Tab for more detail. It's a very cool option.
Other Grilling Configurations:
A more economical second grid set-up uses our 9" x 18" Half Grid atop the Rig. See picture below left. A cast iron grid can be set on the Spider for a fantastic steak searing set-up. Use the Half Grid as your staging area to roast veggies while searing the steaks. After the sear, move the steaks up to the half grid and roast them to the desired doneness. Big Green Egg's® small cast iron grid (model 13CI) fits the Spider. The set-up can also be used for the reverse sear process.
For more conventional grilling, a grid at the top of the fire bowl works. Pictured below right is our 16.5" Round Stainless Grid at the top of the fire bowl. Any grid works that a fits the Rig. This set-up provides 5" of spacing between grids.
Important: When using half grids, our system or others, it is critical to have at least 4.5" of open space between grids. Anything less and it's virtually impossible to access food on the entire lower grid.
Here is an easy way to determine if multiple grids set-up will frustrate you. The top grid needs to be above the grill's felt line. If it is not, you have problems lurking.
Wokking is a fun way to break away from the normal grilling cooks. Our 14" or 16" round bottom woks are recommended.
A typical steak fire is all you need to create the required heat. Don't forget the wok rack to hold the wok outside the grill.
Checkout our wok page for more info on wok cooking, here.