nickel. This cheaper product may lower
the price point, but it affects the quality
and durability of the grill. Some manufacturers may also reduce the thickness of the
firebox grill wall to use less stainless steel
The firebox (bottom internal cooking
section) is a key component of a grill, along
with the burners, flame tamers and cooking grates. The firebox encounters the most
heat, which can wear down the metal.
Also, thinner burners will wear more
quickly and not heat as well; a minimum of
; millimeter (mm) thickness is ideal. The
CEDAR PLANK GRILLED
1 cedar grilling plank (available seasonally at
Costco or Costco.com)
1 large (about 2 pounds) Alaskan salmon ;llet
(available at Costco)
Kirkland Signature™ Organic
1 or 2 lemons, thinly sliced
Soak the cedar plank for 2 to 3 hours, or even
overnight. Heat an outdoor grill to medium heat.
Cut the salmon into individual sections or leave
the ;llet whole. Place the salmon, skin side down,
on the wet plank. Season generously with Kirkland
Signature Organic No-Salt Seasoning and black
pepper. Top with thinly sliced fresh lemons.
Place plank with salmon on the grill grate, to one
side of direct heat source. Grill for 15 to 20 min-
utes.* Check often to test for desired doneness
(the ;sh should have an internal temperature of
140 to 145 F). The whole ;llet may take about
5 minutes longer to cook. Remove from grill and
let stand for 5 minutes.
Serve salmon directly from the plank, or carefully
remove from plank to serving platter. Makes
Tip: If you see a ;are-up on the plank, reduce
the heat and spray with a bottle of water until the
;ame is gone.
Recipe courtesy of Sherrie Ne wman
cooking grates, where food is
placed, need to be of excellent
quality because high heat and
contact with salts, marinades,
etc. can cause them to wear
It’s easy to see quality in
all these parts throughout the
Signateur. The grill firebox,
burners and grates are made
of ;;; stainless steel, and the
burners are ;.; mm thick.
Also, all seams, such as
the lid, sides of the lid, firebox, etc., are fully welded, instead of spot-welded, which is an added expense but
ensures the durability of the product.
Gleason notes that Costco has third-party
testing labs test the product to ensure it
adheres to these protocols.
“Members can trust that Costco is
doing a lot of work behind the scenes to
ensure excellent quality for the grills we
sell,” Gleason says.
Other options for the griller
Outdoor grills have become extremely
versatile. Fuel sources range from infra-
red, natural gas or liquid propane to pellet
and charcoal. Some even include dual-fuel
valves or conversion kits so they can be
used with either natural gas or propane.
Others are dual grill/smokers,
enabling chefs to try a combination of
cooking styles and add variety to their culinary creations. Grills can be built-in,
free-standing or portable. Multiple burners, side burners, large cooking surfaces,
warming shelves, rotisseries and more
storage provide increased options to make
grilling easier and more enjoyable.
Some members may prefer to purchase online and have the grill delivered,
and that’s where Costco.com is a great
resource. Gleason explains that “the website usually carries most products that are
found in the warehouse, but also offers
additional products with various features,
such as island grills with porcelain tile
countertops, or custom grill components,
such as doors, drawers or side burners, or
just a grill head to drop into a built-in cabinet.” Of course, Costco quality and pricing
are also reflected in those products.
If you are interested in getting into
grilling or it’s time to replace your current
one, be sure to compare grills with similar
composition and construction. And definitely include Costco in your research—
you may find that Costco provides upwards
of ;; to ;; percent savings over specialty
retailers for the same quality.
Now, that’s a hot deal! C
COSTCO BUYERS assisted in developing
a beautiful stainless steel, outdoor
gas grill, the Signateur (see page 54).
Here are some features:
• AISI 304 stainless steel
• Five burners, 10,000 British
thermal units (Btu) each, and plenty of
• 12,000 Btu side burner.
• Warming rack and cast Type 304
stainless steel cooking grids.
• A slide-out tray for the propane
tank that allows convenient access when
changing the tank.
• Grill cover.—SN
Members will ;nd several grill brands (such
as Pit Boss, Nexgril, Louisiana Grills, Hudson
Grills and KitchenAid) and styles, including
ceramic; island; tabletop; 2-, 5-, 7- and
8-burner; and more seasonally in the
warehouse and year-round on Costco.com.
© NATALIA HUBBERT /
assisted in developing
© NATALIA HUBBERT /
PHOTO COURTESY KITCHENAID