As most of you know by now I am a contributor to another Blog named Big Green Brotherhood. Earlier this month Jon from Little Griddle reached out to the Brotherhood and asked us if we wanted to try their new flattop griddle named Kettle-Q. The Kettle-Q is an insert for charcoal grills >18″ in diameter. This stainless steel griddle turns your backyard in to a Diner allowing you to do flattop cooking right on your Big Green Egg! For this post I cooked three different things (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) testing out the setup and getting a feel for this new toy. Without hesitation I can tell you this is a must have for your grilling setup. Cooking on a flattop outdoors has been so much fun! Now sit back, grab an ice cold PBR, and enjoy this post for Little Griddle Kettle-Q.
Little Griddle Kettle-Q
I was pleasantly surprised to find the Kettle-Q included the tools I needed to get cooking right out of the box: griddle scraper, long spatula, tongs, egg inserts, and a high temp scrubber for clean up.
For my first cook with the Kettle-Q I decided to make Shrimp Quesadillas. This cook took full advantage of the griddle.
After un-boxing, setup was easy… a quick wash with soapy water and I was ready to go! I preheated the large BGE to 350° and placed the griddle directly on the grate.
It is important to note when your coals are ready, push them to the back so they are directly under the griddle. There is a space between the front of the griddle and the rim of the BGE which will make cooking on the flattop challenging (i.e. you will burn your arms).
I let the Kettle-Q preheat for 20 minutes before I started my cook. I used grape seed oil to lubricate the cooking surface as it is a neutral oil with a high smoking point… perfect for this type of cook.
Cooking the vegetables on the flat top was no problem and it took me less than 10 minutes to sauté the onions and peppers.
Next came the shrimp… I added a little more grape seed oil then added the shrimp (which cooked nicely in less than 10 minutes).
I put the tortilla directly on the flat top and warmed it before flipping over and adding the ingredients: shrimp, vegetables, and shredded cheese. The griddle was the right device to get the quesadilla just right as the cheese was perfectly melted.
The shrimp quesadilla was delicious and clean up couldn’t have been any easier thanks to a drip pan built right in to the griddle! During the cook I was able to scrape the grease and anything that got stuck to the flattop in to the drip pan. After the cook I used the High Temp Scrubber that was in the box to thoroughly clean the flattop surface. The next morning when the griddle was cooled I easily got the grease, etc. out of the drip pan with paper towels.
A flattop is the right canvas for cooking smash burgers. As you can see below the Kettle-Q allows you to cook several burgers at once all to a perfect medium rare.
Cooking pancakes, bacon and eggs were no match for the Kettle-Q. Cooking a large breakfast for the family is easy with this griddle!
If this is something you want to try order a Little Griddle Kettle-Q HERE!