The stainless steel Slow N Sear is an innovative accessory for Weber charcoal grills. As the name suggests, it is a dual function accessory that can be used for “low and slow” cooks or for high heat searing.
The Slow N Sear is a product from the Adrenaline Barbecue Company run by David Parrish from North Carolina. David was kind enough to send me a Slow N Sear and I had a lot of fun putting it to use! Here are my insights.
Slow N Sear with High Heat
I used the Slow N Sear to do a reverse sear on some thick cut ribeye steaks. I filled the Slow N Sear with unlit charcoal and lit a few starter cubes.
I waited about 30 minutes while the coals were getting hot. Bottom vents were completely open. Pretty nice way to spend the day!
I placed the steaks on the indirect side of the grill and added a few chunks of wood for a little smoke.
I closed the lid with the top vent over the steaks and completely open. One of the steaks was probed with an iGrill mini.
After about 20 minutes the steaks hit an internal temperature of 125F.
The steaks were looking beautiful!
It was time to take these steaks over to the high heat part of the grill and do some searing!
The Slow N Sear made the searing part ridiculously easy and a lot of fun!
The steaks turned out pretty incredible.
And really some of the best steaks I have grilled in years.
Nicely done, Slow N Sear!
Slow N Sear with a Rotisserie
The Slow N Sear got another workout when I fired it up with the RiboLator rotisserie attachment.
It was time to get serious with some chicken wings!
There was PLENTY of clearance between the RiboLator trays and the Slow N Sear.
The wings cooked up in about 40 minutes. Here is a very short video showing this set up in action.
What else can I say? The wings were tasty!
Talk about an incredible combination…a Weber grill, the Slow N Sear, the RiboLator and chicken wings.
While the Slow N Sear is fun for high heat grilling it really shows its potential when used for low and slow barbecuing.
Let’s look at that next.
Slow N Sear Going Low and Slow
The Slow N Sear transforms your Weber kettle into a serious smoker. Here is how I set mine up for ribs.
I filled the Slow N Sear with unlit Kingsford and lit a starter cube in one corner.
As soon as the starter cube burned down I added a quart of hot water to the built in water reservoir. You don’t need to use the reservoir for high heat cooks but it comes into play as soon as you go low and slow.
The bottom vent was set to about 80% closed.
I put some ribs on the grill and used the iGrill mini to monitor the pit temperature.
I put the lid on the grill with the vent over the meat and completely open.
The lid was NOT OPENED for the next six hours.
It took about 90 minutes for the grill to reach the 225-230F mark. Now that I know how this guy runs I am confident that I will be able to cut that time down to about 45 minutes.
After the target temperature was reached at around 10:00 a.m. I adjusted the top vent to about halfway closed.
The Slow N Sear was able to maintain this “Low and Slow” cook for six hours!
Here is the temperature profile two hours later around noon.
Here is the data at five hours later at 3:00 p.m.
And at six hours later at 4:00 p.m.
The temperature was falling off some at the six hour mark.
When I opened the lid I saw that there was plenty of charcoal left but the ashes were choking off the air. I knocked off the ashes and figured I had enough charcoal for another three hours.
I didn’t go for another three hours though because the ribs were done!
Nice bark, beautiful smoke ring and incredibly tender!
Here is a GREAT video review of the Slow N Sear by Steve over at BBQ Bros. Steve walks you through how he used the Slow N Sear to smoke a killer brisket! Watch the video and make sure to subscribe to Steve’s channel!
Slow N Sear Compared to Other Options
The folks over at the Adrenaline Barbecue Company aren’t the first guys to figure out how to turn a Weber kettle grill into a great smoker.
Here is a great video from Pitmaster X showing how to use Foil and Firebricks to create a similar effect in your grill.
You can look through his videos and also see his version of The Snake method.
Both techniques are virtually free and produce acceptable burn times at low and slow conditions.
Both techniques are also annoying to set up.
Neither technique provides the high moisture environment of the Slow N Sear.
The Slow N Sear is a simpler, more elegant solution.
There is another commercial product called the Smokenator that converts a kettle into a smoker.
Some people love their Smokenators.
I used my Smokenator twice and then gave it away to a buddy. My buddy used it twice and threw it away.
There is simply no rational comparison between the Slow N Sear and the Smokenator.
If you want to spend some money to upgrade you kettle then the accessory you want is the Slow ‘N Sear.
The Amazon reviews on the Slow N Sear are overwhelmingly positive.
If you want more information about the Slow N Sear then click over to the Adrenaline Barbecue Company and see what other folks are doing with this great accessory.
If you have read enough and are ready to upgrade you kettle then head over to Amazon and buy the Slow ‘N Sear.