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BBQ Grill Basket or Grill Tray and also which rubs?

kcjodih

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I'm about to submit a show and would like to add either the BBQ Grill basket or tray and a couple of rubs to it for my son's teacher. I don't have either since we don't grill anything but meat so I have no idea if this is a good gift or not (if she ends up like me and doesn't grill other things) but I can't come up with anything else around $30. She was my daughter's teacher a few years ago and we got her the Chilzanne Rect Server as an end of year gift (got it for a GREAT price) and we always get the teachers trivets at Christmas.

So are either of these a good gift or can you think of something else? If I go with the basket or tray which one should I choose and which rubs would you recommend as the yummiest and most versatile?
 

lesliec

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I just ordered the grill basket. I didn't realize how small it was (the size of a reg piece of paper). I haven't used it yet. I have seen the grill tray and to me it is a bit more impressive.
 

kcjodih

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Thank you Leslie :)

Doesn't anyone else have these and have an opinion? Or is there just noone else on here tonight?
 

kcjodih

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Well I don't have either one, but I can tell you that as a teacher I would love that as a gift!!

aww thanks! That makes me feel better :) Now I'm just waiting and hoping I'll get some opinions on which one and which rubs ;)
 

leftymac

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They're both great, just used for different things.

As far as the rubs go, my favorites are the Jerk, Greek, and Chipotle.

Now, you're sure the teacher has a grill?

Either the basket or the tray would make an excellent gift. The basket is great for veggies and things you toss around. The tray is great for anything else.
 

esavvymom

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And in the off chance that she wouldn't use it for the actual grill, the Grill BASKET can be used to hold lots of things in other ways.
 

JAE

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Too bad Becky is on vacation because she would have an opinion. I believe she has used the oil dipping seasonings for grilling veggies in the grill basket.
 

esavvymom

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There is also a Grill Basket document with ideas on what to use it for in the "Files" section.
 

kcjodih

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So the majority is suggesting the basket? It's not too small? Thanks for the suggestions :) And it looks like you're the one I'll refer to when picking a rub ot two Keith ;) As a teacher yourself, any other gift ideas in that price range? Married mother of two, early 40's, nice house (yes she has a grill) but I'm not sure what else she 'does' or what other P Chef she may have.
 

leftymac

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So the majority is suggesting the basket? It's not too small? Thanks for the suggestions :) And it looks like you're the one I'll refer to when picking a rub ot two Keith ;) As a teacher yourself, any other gift ideas in that price range? Married mother of two, early 40's, nice house (yes she has a grill) but I'm not sure what else she 'does' or what other P Chef she may have.

Nope, I don't think the basket is too small. I think it's just the right size. You don't want it taking up the whole grill!

I have all of our rubs and use them quite frequently (except for the Creole Rub -- I can't find a good use for that yet).

I think it's a great gift idea. Even if they have another grill basket, they'll realize that ours is better. Just don't give a mug. Please...no more mugs.
 

kam

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I have both the tray and basket - and I use the basket more. Most meat items, DH puts right on the grill, so, I end up needing something for veggies. And I agree with Keith, the basket is better for veggies. (Easy to shake around to grill all sides).

We have gotten into grilling mushrooms, this past week.

I put all the mushroom slices in a baggie and coat with oil. Then put them in another baggies and sprinkle the Parm-Garlic bread dipping spice in and shake it up until coated.

Some spices we like a lot are the BBQ rub (DH's fave), the Lemon Pepper, and Chipotle.

The basket is good for shrimp, too. Even though I haven't tried it, I think others have recommended the new thai curry rub on shrimp.
 
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Fav's in order, Greek Rub, just love the depth of flavour - Crushed Peppercorn & Garlic Rub, love it on pork and poultry; Citrus & Basil Rub, seafood and poultry. I use the Grill Tray, love the size, perfect for being able to have everything on the BBQ at the same time.
 

kcjodih

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Nope, I don't think the basket is too small. I think it's just the right size. You don't want it taking up the whole grill!

I have all of our rubs and use them quite frequently (except for the Creole Rub -- I can't find a good use for that yet).

I think it's a great gift idea. Even if they have another grill basket, they'll realize that ours is better. Just don't give a mug. Please...no more mugs.

LMAO or candles, world's greatest teacher ornaments/knickknacks etc...:D

That's exactly why I go this route and have for 5 years. First time I've had the same teacher for more than one year though, except our male music teacher, recently separated who loves the Liquor Store gift cards we get him :)
 

kcmckay

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Personally I like the basket. I don't have the tray but don't think I'd use it anyway. I just started using my basket this year and I love it. I've made some things that I would normally make in oven on hot days in grill tray.

French Fries

Red potatoes cut up and tossed with olive oil, italian seasoning and salt and pepper yummy

I just tried veggies the other day. I cut up a zucchini and a red pepper and tossed in bag with olive oil italian seasoning and s&p. it was delicious. You could add whatever veggies you like that's what I add handy and needed a quick easy side.

I really like our italian seasoning.

I also really like the Thai Curry Rub but you have to like curry I think to enjoy that. With my veggies I had used that on chicken then grilled it. Yummo!:)
 

Dotty

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I have and love both tray and basket. As for rubs, my favorite all time is the Jerk! The BBQ is pretty good too.
 

kcjodih

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Thanks all! I went for the basket, Lemon Pepper Rub, Crushed Peppercorn and the Jerk. Hope she likes it :)
 
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