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Topic Title: Questions before purchasing Holland grill
Created on April 16, 2008 at 08:32 PM


I am considering purchasing a Holland grill (Heritage Plus) and have a few questions. I would like to be able to slow-smoke ribs, and have seen several different methods of cooking. Here's the questions:

1. From what I've read, using the water pan will reduce the temperature. Can you also use the smoker box at the same time, in order to get the slow cook along with the smoke?

2. If I use this method, how long should I smoke them, and at what point should I remove the water (if at all)? I want to use a rub first, then put a sauce on at the end.

I've read a lot of good things about these grills, and want to purchase something that will not only cook a steak, but will smoke as well, and last for a long time. So far, it looks like this grill would fit the bill.


Jim, yes you can use smoker box at the same time. it will add some smoke ,but if you like stronger smoke flavor you might want to order 2 or 3 extra smoker bud trays and put 1 in each corner. the holland grill is designed to cook in between 350 and 450 adding water should drop temp to around 300. if you also put a 1/2 inch to 1 inch block of wood on front side to prop the lid up that should bring temp around 250. as far as how long to cook them. I cook mine at least 2 hours with water in the drip pan and the lid down and found the longer the more tender they are. make sure you check the water every so often(45 mins to 1 hour) and keep the pan full. as weather to get one or not I've had mine for 15 years and don't know what I would do with out it !


As far as the smoke is concerned you can get your grill good and hot and when the smoke pellets begin smoking put your meat on and let the ribs cook for half an hour or so. Most meats soak up the smoke in the first 15 minutes or so. Then put the water in the pan and slow cook until done.


Well as for the grill the holland is by far the best grill on the market. But the company has gone down hill with parts and service. I think I would keep looking if you plan on needing parts or service later on!!!


Thanks for all the info and grilling tips. As far as service goes, the store where I plan to purchase this is a very reputable dealer, who service what they sell. I have done business with them for a long time, and feel pretty sure that if there is a problem, all I have to do is let them know, and they can deal with the service department if necessary. They have been selling these grills since 2000, and have a book with everyone who ever bought one from them listed. They have quite a list on hand.

Thanks again,