Sometimes I see a gadget and think, “I need that!”, which was exactly the case with the Mr. Bar-B-Que Grilling Basket that I bought on Amazon. To be fair, I didn’t necessarily need this particular brand, I just wanted what looked like a badass way to cook quesadillas on my pellet grill, and happen to find this one on Amazon and decided to give it a try. It only had three reviews but they were all positive, so for $15 I thought it was worth seeing if it could do what I wanted, which was to help me flip quesadillas.
Once it arrived, I was immediately skeptical that this thing was going to work. The ring to keep the basket closed did not stay in place, the basket didn’t have a tight seal, and in fact the two halves didn’t even touch making it seem awfully hard to believe that when I turned my quesadilla over it would stay in the basket. I didn’t want to write it off before even testing it so that night I made a quesadilla on my pellet grill and did a side by side comparison of another quesadilla done without the basket to see which one was easier to cook.
After the quesadillas were prepared it was time to head to the grill. Off the bat, I didn’t love that the handle had to stick out leaving a small opening in the grill. Getting the basket on was definitely easier than moving a stuffed raw quesadilla from a plate to the grill, so for that the point goes to the basket. Unfortunately, that’s about the only point it received. After about 10 minutes it was time to flip them and that’s when things got messy, literally.
First we flipped the non-basket one and it flipped with no problem with the use of a spatula. Next, it was time for the basket and I was already super nervous because you could see it just moving around in there, I could not foresee any situation where this thing didn’t going flying out of the basket, and I was right. As soon as I flipped it the quesadilla went flying out the basket and one end flipped up exposing the meat and cheese inside. I had to get a spatula and some heat resistent gloves to open the basket and try and fix the mess. I was able to get it back into one piece, but I knew there was no way I was ever going to try and flip that basket again.
Once the quesadillas were done it was time to take them off the grill. That’s when I realized the basket was too hot to put down anywhere, so I had to remove the quesadilla with a spatula from the basket while it was still on the grill, but not before I had to figure out how to get it out of there because when I flipped it, the side that opens was now on the bottom. It took some finagling but I got it out in one piece.
In the end, the quesadilla was delicious, but that was no thanks to the basket. Simply using a spatula was a much easier, and less stressful way to go. Maybe you aren’t supposed to flip the basket, maybe it’s just supposed to be there to keep it off the grates, and then you are just supposed to open the basket, flip the quesadilla with a spatula and close it back up? There weren’t any instructions so I honestly don’t know what the right way is, but flipping the basket clearly wasn’t it.
The three five star reviews on Amazon loved this thing, so maybe I am just doing it wrong, but I would give it one star because for me it simply did not work. I do, however, recommend making quesadillas on your pellet grill, they taste great that way.
Have you made quesadillas on your pellet grill? Have you ever used a quesadilla basket, if so how did it work out for you?