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    Upper grate or griddle

    Took advantage of the Memorial Day sale and ordered a 2 Star General. Now I find out that I have a bunch of poppa points. Sweet! So what do you think is the best bang for the buck (or points).

    Im new to pellets and smoking in general. I cant imagine at this point of doing more than 1 brisket, 2 pork shoulders, 4 racks of ribs and maybe a turkey. So what would get more use. The griddle or a full upper rack. Full upper because Ive read that if needed I could use it as a lower rack and use 1 of the existing lowers as a 1/2 upper. Is that right?

    Or is there another accessory that you just cant live without.
    I also have the MAK Mobile coming so take that off the list.

    Thanks

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    Welcome to the MAK family My most used MAK accessory is hands down the full upper grate. That’s what has my vote!
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    Thanks for the input rwalters
    Just realized I also need to ask why an accessory is your fave.
    Like with the full upper grate. Is it because it’s better for veggies, food gets more even smoke at the top than the bottom, or you consistently cook for the neighborhood and need the extra space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taeter View Post
    The griddle or a full upper rack. Full upper because I’ve read that if needed I could use it as a lower rack and use 1 of the existing lowers as a 1/2 upper. Is that right?

    Here's my 2 worth (and you can keep the change ).

    If you have to choose between one or the other, then get the FULL upper rack now, and add the griddle later (but definitely add it)!



    Full upper rack versus 3/4 upper rack

    Yes... I know that the 3/4 upper rack is more "popular," but the let's discuss this for a moment because I believe that how and what you cook most often will determine which rack you should get.


    3/4 Upper rack advantages

    ● 75% more cooking capacity.

    ● Easier to reach smaller food items on the rear of the bottom grate.

    If you tend to fill your grill with a lot of smaller items, then, a 3/4 rack absolutely DOES make it easier to reach underneath without your arm touching a hot upper rack.



    Full Upper Rack advantages

    ● Doubles cooking capacity.

    ● As mentioned... You can use the full rack on the bottom, and use one of the bottom 1/2 grates as an upper 1/2 rack (I do this often).




    My take:
    I get a lot more use from a full upper rack than I ever would a 3/4 rack, BUT... again, this is based on how I cook!

    I rarely need to reach smaller items on the bottom, because I tend to cook larger items on the bottom (chicken, pork shoulders, etc.), and put other items up top. And when I do this, most often a 1/2 rack suffices for what I need to put up top.

    When I do need to reach smaller items and have the full upper rack in place, it's very easy to slide out the upper rack and set it aside while flipping food, etc.

    Three or four times per year I actually need the doubling the capacity that a full upper rack offers. I do a handful of large cooks per year for the local marching band, birthdays, graduations, etc.

    Hope this makes sense!
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    I have the searing grate and the 3/4 upper rack. I don't use the searing grate much and I don't know why, because I do a fair amount of searing. I think I just forget that I have it, it works well. There are many times when I could have used the full upper rack. That would get my vote.

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    Why is the full upper grate my fave accessory? Well, i’d have to say that it gets used for pretty much 100% of my low n slow cooks. More often than not the full upper is plenty big for my low n slow cooks. By using it vs the main grate, I find two advantages. 1) I can place a pan or piece of foil with the edges turned up underneath the meat to catch the drippings making for much easier cleanup. 2) Knowing that the upper grate runs about 20ish hotter than the lower I am able to sets the controller to 210 for my low n slows and have an actual cooking temp closer to 230. And we all know, the the lower the set temp on a pellet cooker, the more smoke production were gonna see. A win win if you ask me
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    Congrats on the 2 Star! I have both full upper rack and griddle. I definitely use the upper rack more. Both are great, but for first purchase I would recommend the upper rack.
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    Upper rack. We use the upper rack first. Then if we need more room use the lower rack
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    Looks like the vote is 5 to 0 for the upper rack and I am hearing ya.
    Full grate is ordered plus a brush and Meatheads The Science of Great BBQ and Grilling. Being a newbie I figure I should get some basics down before turning a brisket into dog food.
    Used all my points and then some.

    Thanks all for the input. Especially the info on the temp differential between the upper rack and the pellet boss readout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taeter View Post
    Looks like the vote is 5 to 0 for the upper rack and I am hearing ya.
    Full grate is ordered plus a brush and Meatheads The Science of Great BBQ and Grilling. Being a newbie I figure I should get some basics down before turning a brisket into dog food.
    Used all my points and then some.

    Thanks all for the input. Especially the info on the temp differential between the upper rack and the pellet boss readout.
    Also check out Aaron Franklin who has a brisket video on YouTube and Big Poppa cooks section on BP Smokers website.

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