Purchased your very first Primo Grill and Primo Grill Accessories? Let’s get to grilling, smoking, roasting, searing…well you get the idea! Here is a quick synopsis of Primo grills and the essentials for using Primo ceramic grills.
Grilling & Searing
For grilling meat such as steaks, chicken, or any foods that do well cooking directly over the charcoal fire, use this arrangement.
Grilling & Roasting
To grill meat on the direct side, while roasting tender foods like vegetables or shrimp on the indirect side, use direct and indirect cooking zones
Baking, Roasting & Smoking
Use this configuration for indirect cooking such as a smoker or oven. Cook at medium to low temperatures for baking pizza or smoking meat. (Heat Deflectors/Racks required).
Lighting the Grill
Assemble a pile of natural lump charcoal. Use total fire box of charcoal for searing and smoking and temperatures (Figure 1), or half a fire box of charcoal for two-zone cooking (Fig. 2).
1.Leaving the dome open, light the charcoal with a fire starter cube or two, and you can also use chimney starter.
2. Wait 5-10 minutes for the charcoal to build a small bed of embers.
3. Shut the dome, then totally open the draft door (Figure 3) and completely open the top vent (Figure 4) by simply sliding the top disk to the far right.
Tip: Charcoal can be relit 2-3 times for multiple cookings. Use the ash tool to blend the used charcoal, so the ashes will drop through the fire grate. Put in 30% new charcoal to the existing charcoal and build a new pile. This works great for grilling temperatures.
CAUTION: NEVER use lighter fluid or any other combustible liquid to light the charcoal. It will be absorbed by the ceramics and leave a disgusting "fuel" taste to food items.
Low Temperature Cooking (Smoking)
1. Begin with a very small fire in one area of the charcoal, for temperatures like 225°F.
2. Shut the dome after 5 minutes with the draft door and top vent fully open. Allow the temperature to come up slowly until it reaches 200°F, set the draft door to 1” open (Fig. 5) and the top vent to 1/2” open with the daisy wheel holes fully open. As needed adjust the top vent to sustain the target temperature.
Tip: Allow the temperature to rise slowly to your target temperature. We do this, because it is easy to raise the temperature, but extremely difficult to lower it.
Monitoring the Temperature (Grilling)
1. Shut the dome and totally open the top vent.
2. When the Primo is 25°F from your target temperature, move the top vent down to one-third open.
3. For the temperatures to stabilize, wait 1-2 minutes. As needed decrease or increase the air flow of the top vent as needed. A 1/4” adjustment can change the temperature by almost 25°F.
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