Grilled Salmon with a Primo27 Original Blend Crust, Grill Marks Courtesy of GrillGrate
We love to grill Salmon and there is nothing better on salmon than a really complimentary spice rub. What we enjoy most from a spice rub is when you can buy them with or without salt, which is the case with Primo27 Original Blend from Spice Crafters Inc. The reason is simple, Salmon can often be overpowered by a salt and in many cases you want the delicious flavor of the fish to stand on it’s own.
The rail design creates perfect sear marks every time.
We sprinkled this with a really nice dose of Primo27 Original Blend and were very happy with the results! When you use a low sodium or salt free spice, you can really spice up the fish without worrying too much about it being overpowered by the salty and losing the flavor of the spice. In this case, you can see that the rub formed a nice crust when grilled, and this really added the flavorful crunch I love on my salmon.
As for grilling fish, and in this case grilling fresh salmon, many people worry about it sticking to the grill and ending up with a mess of fish. Since we upgraded to GrillGrates, we have not only seen a beautiful finished product, but it simplifies our life so much. We simply place the salmon across the grain of the GrillGrates and use their GrateTool to flip the vegetables and the salmon, the results were spectacular. Here is a simple procedure to follow when grilling fresh fish.
Steps to Grill Fish
- Apply a light coating of Extra Virgin Olive Oil to the outside of the fish. (Optional, but recommended)
- Apply a liberal coating of non-salty spice rub, so as to cover the fish completely. If the rub contains salt, just go easy.
- Heat up your grill and put the fish, skin side down, over the medium direct flame.
- Watch for a while as the fish begins to cook from the bottom up, about 2 to 4 minutes in, check to see if the fish is ready to be flipped.
- Using Tongs, grab the fish and flip it over onto the other side to form a nice crust on the top layer and cook to your liking.
Gretchen and I fancy ourselves as BBQ Purists, love the charcoal, we do not make ribs in the oven, we grill more than we cook in our oven and if we can grill it, we grill it. So when Brad Barrett from Grill Grate in Georgia met with Mike Mills and Amy Tunicliffe in NYC back in June, we heard about his product and had to give it a try. Elizabeth Karmel spoke about them in a recent interview and that lit the fire so to speak, to get these on our web site.
Brad shipped us a sample and we put it together and had it on the grill in about five minutes. We were cooking homemade Italian sausages and so we thought we would put it to the test. So we did and the results were spectacular! I have been cooking Poeta’s sausage for at least 25 years, a Highwood Illinois staple and this was by far the most juicy and perfectly cooked I had ever done it. We loved the product so much we placed an order and now carry the GrillGrate Hard Anodized Grill Grate Kit in www.bbqproshop.com.
So what is the idea behind this? Well Gretchen and I have a four burner and six burner Weber Summit 450 and 650 which we are so happy with and have been using for ten years as our go to gas grills. The only issue is that over the years of use, they develop hot spots or areas of the grill that get a lot hotter and cook a lot faster than other parts of the grill. So you are constantly rotating the food, and looking out for the food in the hot spot and rotating in the ones that have not cooked so well.
So the GrillGrate lays over the existing grate system on your grill and conducts the heat over the super conductive Aluminium GrillGrates and gives you an even heat that gets the hottest at the tip of the grate. So you get really professional looking grill marks and because of the raised grate, you can access the food from underneath it and you are not “scraping” the food off the grate with your spatula. In fact, the GrillGrate Hard Anodized Grill Grate Kit includes a spatula called the GrateTool that makes it even easier to flip fish, burgers, chicken, ravioli and even bacon, yes bacon on the grill.
This technology makes burning your meat a thing of the past and helps you to avoid the flare ups from marniades and or greasy and uses that juicy to cook right back into the meat. The panels interlock and extra Grill Grate Panels are sold seperatly so that you can actually cover any grill surface with the grates. You can slide them together or remove them to fit your needs and grill surface size which we loved them. Brad tells me that he has professional teams using them and from the looks of his photo gallery, you can cook just about anything on the grill!