Charcoal Companion Ultimate Rectangular-Shaped Nonstick Grilling Basket

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Published on: 03/15/2017
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The Charcoal Companion Ultimate Grilling Basket has a detachable rosewood handle which allows you to close the grill lid and smoke foods slowly or to stop a flare-up. The 10.75-inch by 11.5-inch rectangular basket is made of heavy gauge metal with black non-stick finish. Two-piece basket latches together to hold food firmly in place and allows one flip to turn everything in the basket. The rosewood handle stays cool longer and keeps hands away from the heat. The non-stick coated basket is dishwasher safe.

Customer Reviews

Nice try, but not the ultimate grilling basket

4 people found this helpful.
 on April 28, 2013
By Doctor Ken
There are plusses and minuses to this design. The separate handle is excellent! It works well to flip the basket (middle–vertical slots) and can be easily used to carry the basket with the “top” angled slots–regardless of which side is up. The non-stick is still good after a few uses, though these tend to wear off quickly on other wire baskets. However, the basket design is where the tradeoffs come in. Certainly, this basket is not going to accidentally snap open as it shuts with a very positive click and is thin enough to hold a typical fish fillet without sliding. However, it only opens 90 degrees which makes loading tough even with two hands and trying to open and empty the basket while the food is still hot requires at least three hands and asbestos fingers, as the snap closure is hard to open with oven mitts and won’t stay open without being held. This is a shame as with a little testing the design could be changed to open flat (180 degrees) and the closure could have had a larger handle to open more easily with standard oven mitts or pot holders. I would not buy this model again.

Vegges Fall Thru!

 on May 1, 2017
By DavidC
For an extra $1-2 they could have made this near perfect. The metal cage is NOT a grid pattern as appears on the picture. They only run one way on one side and perpendicular on the other side. So when you flip if over the more slender pieces tend to fall through the slots. If they has simply made it a complete grid on both sides it would have solved that problem. So, once again I’m shopping for the ideal BBQ basket.

almost heaven

5 people found this helpful.
 on April 10, 2011
By Bill Roper
i used this basket for the first time last night. the size is just right on my average-sized weber gas grill, covering a little less than half of the grill’s surface. the distance between the two basket halves is about 7/8″ and held the jumbo shrimp, sliced pears & mangos, and tomatoes nicely. the spacing between the wires is about 3/8″. this might allow smaller items to fall out, but cutting everything about 3/4″ seemed to work fine. previously i had a basket with a non-detachable handle and gave it away after one use. not being able to close the grill to trap the smoke and flavors was a big negative. the detachable handle on this basket works fine, but it does take a bit of grip when turning, and i did use two hands when taking the grilled food back into the kitchen. it was a little tricky opening the hot basket to empty the grilled goods, but no big deal. not quite perfect, but close to it.

It’s a good size and I like how the handle isn’t permanently …

 on March 18, 2016
By Brian
It’s a good size and I like how the handle isn’t permanently attached. The only issue I have with it is the grating is a bit too open for skinny vegetables like asparagus. The gaps run in opposite directions on each side, so if you lay the vegetables across the wires so they don’t fall out on one side, you can’t flip it over or they fall out the other side. This is just something to be aware of when choosing. If you only plan to cook larger foods like fish fillets that won’t fall through the gaps it’s a good basket and I would recommend it.

Opening is hard and can cause food to jump

 on September 20, 2016
By Peter T
Standard grill basket. Tongs are nice in that they do not take up grill space or get hot like some that are permanently attached.


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