This is a charcoal unit that gives you the option to smoke at low temperatures, bake .. or sear with high heat by lowering or raising the heat source. (hot coal rack)
I decided to try out both the smoke and grilling features for my first attempt by cooking some reverse seared ribeyes.
I seasoned two thick ribeyes with olive oil, kosher salt and cracked black pepper....
Soaked my dried morel mushrooms (from last spring)...
The Hasty Bake came with a bag of their lump charcoal and starter matches, which was great!
I covered the lower ash rack with foil for easy clean up.....
The coals need to be placed on top of the fire.. I just wanted to take a picture before burying it. :)
The hot coal and ash racks slide back inside... so easy!
I made sure that the drip pan was in place under the shelf on the left side.
Then I lowered the hot coal rack down to smoke...
Placed my seasoned steaks on the grill... also a skillet of morels, portabellas and button mushrooms with olive oil, butter and garlic.
I let these smoke at 200F for 45 minutes..
For this smoke I used some of my hickory wood pellets on top of the coals.
I wanted to bring the hot coals up close to the cooking grate to heat it for searing the steaks.
Thanks to a tip from Smoking Pal Big Poppa , I probably could have smoked the steaks on the upper rack in the first place. I will try that next time.. see how it goes. :)
Another feature of the Hasty Bake....the hood is not vented. The heat and smoke circulate around the food.
I love the fact that I can keep an eye on things through the window without opening the hood... Keeping the smoke and heat inside.
I gave the steaks a quick sear on each side. These were thick so I went for 7 minutes per side.
I also grilled a few spears of asparagus drizzled with olive oil and seasoned with kosher salt and cracked black pepper...
I made a sauce with the smoked mushrooms, the morel infused water, some of my wild grape wine and herbs....
I was very happy with the outcome. The steaks carried a mild smoke flavor along with the fire kissed charcoal flavor that I love.
The Hasty Bake performed so well... Being able to low smoke and high heat sear on one unit in a matter of minutes is amazing.
I'm very happy with my first experiment. :)
Looking forward to seeing what else the unit will do!