We haven't actually taken our new Mini Lite on it's shakedown cruise yet, although there are two storms in the Atlantic that might hasten that trip (the joy of coastal living!). I did decide to try out the little propane "grill" that came with the camper. Previous reviews addressing this device were decidedly negative, but I thought, how bad can it be?
Pretty bad, actually. I threw a few of my famous apple-brined pork chops on that thing and the huge flareups started within seconds. That's odd considering how lean the meat is. I can only imagine the pyrotechnics coming from a few nice, greasy hamburgers. As you can see some chops got scorched while the ones on the perimeter barely got warm. Closing the lid caused the temp to skyrocket even when on the lowest setting. Thanks to constant attention and endlessly moving each chop around the "grill", I finally was able to get them cooked to more or less how I liked. They turned out pretty good actually, but that's probably due to my foolproof brine
. Also, if you look closely the shelf that mounts next to the grill, while handy, is considerably higher than the "cooking" surface. Not a big deal, just weird.
This is getting upgraded, likely to a Weber product. I might keep this "grill" and do the burner mod I've seen elsewhere on this forum, the more cooking outside the better!