Talk to me about Santa Maria style grills

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crankybuzzard

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I've seen a lot of them on the internet, played with a few that were just doing burgers, and for some reason I now think I need to get one or build one.

Other than tri-tip, which seems to be the popular cut for these grills, what else have the SMF folks made with one?
 
Anything that can be smoked or grilled can be cooked on it, slow fire roasted/smoked foods are possible by raising the grate up or dropping it, too much fire raise it not enough lower it or add wood, love to have 1 and plan on making 1 on my 36" cowboy grill at some point.
 
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Several have them, looks like alot of fun... maybe not in our current weather, but still!

Ryan
 
The Santa Maria has been at every branding I have been to since I was a little kid. We had a built in bricked one at my parents house and I have 2 mobile units. One small and one larger.
The things cooked on at the branding were mostly
Chili beans with meat.
Garlic French bread
Tri tip
Chicken
Sausage
Hotdogs
Hamburger
Of course the Mountain Oysters from the nut bucket.

We have cooked bbq oysters
Steaks , burgers, charred salsa, just about any chicken part you can think of
Fish fillets
Beans,
Country style pork ribs.
Pork ribs
Beef ribs
And im sure im forgetting stuff made In the last half century.
 
If you have a Kettle there are a few for anywhere between 100 - 200 bucks.

This one from only fire even has a rotisserie

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The Santa Maria has been at every branding I have been to since I was a little kid. We had a built in bricked one at my parents house and I have 2 mobile units. One small and one larger.
The things cooked on at the branding were mostly
Chili beans with meat.
Garlic French bread
Tri tip
Chicken
Sausage
Hotdogs
Hamburger
Of course the Mountain Oysters from the nut bucket.

We have cooked bbq oysters
Steaks , burgers, charred salsa, just about any chicken part you can think of
Fish fillets
Beans,
Country style pork ribs.
Pork ribs
Beef ribs
And im sure im forgetting stuff made In the last half century.
flatbroke flatbroke my bride is probably going to hate you soon! You've convinced me. Most everything you listed are things I love to eat, and this would present me with a new style of cooking/grilling that I'd love to master.

Last year, at work, we replaced a LOT of 1/8" carbon steel diamond plate with aluminum plate. I got quite a few big pieces of the carbon steel plate and have plans for a new smoker, but I've also noticed that I could make a Santa Maria as well....

Still interested in what others have to say or show. Now I need to figure out a design!
 
This was a build for a kettle I remembered .
 
If you want any measurements or info from mine I and willing to provide them. It’s designed so the unit can be tilted on the handle and the wheels will fit on top of the tailgate of a pickup bed and loaded by a single person. I would like to add an air vent for the firebox but it’s functional as is. And the grate drops down inside to get the within a few inches of the bottom. Handy for windy days. I didn’t build it. This size is what one of the local steak house/bars uses to cook all their meat on.
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Didn’t he build Jake one ?
Yes he did


 
If you want any measurements or info from mine I and willing to provide them. It’s designed so the unit can be tilted on the handle and the wheels will fit on top of the tailgate of a pickup bed and loaded by a single person. I would like to add an air vent for the firebox but it’s functional as is. And the grate drops down inside to get the within a few inches of the bottom. Handy for windy days. I didn’t build it. This size is what one of the local steak house/bars uses to cook all their meat on. View attachment 685781View attachment 685782View attachment 685783
YEP! That's pretty much what I have in mind. Nothing too fancy but still very functional.

I would definitely like some rough measurements!
 
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My favorite way to cook!
 

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