DG Manual - Dakota Grills
Dakota Grills, LLC
FAST.
flavorful.
SIMPLE.
Electric Barbecue Grill,
Smoker and Oven
Instruction Manual
(Includes Recipe Guidelines)
(605) 847-4713
www.dakotagrills.com
44136 200th St.
Lake Preston, SD 57249
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS................................................1
Caution.......................................................................................................1
Important Info...........................................................................2
Cord and Plug Instructions....................................................................2
Before Using............................................................................................2
Storage.....................................................................................................2
Grill Description........................................................................3
Design Philosophy....................................................................................5
Parts of the Grill........................................................................6
Food Grates..............................................................................................6
Smoker Tray............................................................................................6
Drip Pan.....................................................................................................7
Drip Jar....................................................................................................7
Grill Temperature Sensor......................................................................8
Meat Probe...............................................................................................8
Microcontroller........................................................................................9
User Interface........................................................................................9
Accessories..............................................................................................9
User Interface and Operation................................................10
Standard Display:..................................................................................10
Set Menu:................................................................................................11
“Set Temperature” Dialogs:.................................................................12
“Set Timer” Dialog:...............................................................................12
Info Display:...........................................................................................13
Automatic Shutoff................................................................................13
Grilling, Smoking, and Baking..............................................14
Grill Guidelines.......................................................................................14
Smoker Guidelines.................................................................................16
Oven Guidelines......................................................................................17
Basic Recipes...........................................................................18
Grill Recipes...........................................................................................18
Smoked Meat Recipes...........................................................................21
Customer Recipes..................................................................................22
Miscellaneous...........................................................................26
Cleaning and Care..................................................................................26
Warranty................................................................................................26
Contact Info..........................................................................................26
© 2005-2009
Dakota Grills, LLC
Jul 10, 2009
IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS
IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS
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Read all instructions before using.
This appliance is for household use only.
Do not touch hot surfaces (especially around the lid seal).
To protect against electrical shock, do not immerse the
appliance, cord, or plug in water or other liquid.
Close supervision is necessary when any appliance is used by or
near children.
Unplug from outlet when not in use and before cleaning. Allow
to cool before putting on or taking off parts, and before cleaning
the appliance.
Do not operate any appliance with a damaged cord or plug, after
the appliance malfunctions, or if it has been damaged in any
manner. Return appliance to the nearest authorized service
facility for examination, repair, or adjustment.
Use of accessory attachments not recommended by the appliance
manufacturer may result in fire, electric shock, or injuries.
Do not let the cord touch hot surfaces or hang over the edge of a
table or counter.
Do not use the appliance for other than intended use.
Be sure to use on an even surface. Keep at least 4” away from
walls and other flammables in a well ventilated area.
Prior to unplugging the appliance from the wall outlet, ensure
that the temperature controls are “off”.
Extreme caution must be used when the lid is opened, because
escaping hot gases may cause burns.
Fuel, such as charcoal briquettes, is not to be used with the
appliance.
Use only on a properly grounded 110V outlet with a sufficient
current rating. A 20A GFCI (Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter)
outlet is recommended.
Caution
To ensure continued protection against risk of electric
shock, connect to properly grounded outlets only. When used in
a kitchen or outside, this appliance must use a GFCI protected
outlet, as required by the National Electric Code.
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Important Info
Important Info
Cord and Plug Instructions
1. Longer extension cords are available – use with care.
2. If a longer extension cord is used:
a. The marked electrical rating of the extension cord
should be at least as great as the electrical rating of the
appliance.
b. Do not drape any cord over a counter-top or tabletop
where it can be pulled on by children or tripped over.
c. The connection to an extension cord should be kept dry
and off the ground.
3. While outside, outdoor extension cords should be used;
these are surface marked with “W-A” and have a tag stating
“suitable for use with outdoor appliances”.
4. When not in use, store products indoors and out of the reach
of children.
5. Unplug this grill before cleaning; do not spray water
underneath the shelves.
6. Only use a properly grounded 110V outlet.
Stately and Signature models need either a 20
Amp outlet or a dedicated 15A outlet. Metro
models can use any properly grounded 110V
20A
Ded. 15A
outlet. A 20A GFCI outlet is recommended.
Before Using
1. Remove all packing material and carefully peel off any
protective white plastic film from the stainless steel.
2. Wash the food grates, drip pan, smoker tray, and inside of the
grill with soapy water.
3. Heat the grill outdoors to 425°F for 2 – 6 hours or until
smoke and odors dissipate. Due to manufacturing, smoke &
odors may be emitted during the first few uses.
Storage
Your grill is weather tolerant, but should be stored inside or
covered when possible. To protect the electronics, the grill should
not be stored in temperatures of less than -40°F.
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Grill Description
Grill Description
Your Dakota Grill™ is unique, from its sleek appearance to
its unrivaled cooking capabilities. Its stainless steel body and
powder-coat appendages ensure longevity, simplify cleanup,
and impart quality, form, and function. Capabilities include:
multiple cooking methods, Auto Chef™ technology, Greaseless
Grilling™, all-weather cooking, numerous conveniences,
unequaled healthiness & safety, delectable enhancements, and
“green” energy-efficiency. Your grill easily produces very
good food and can be used year-round, even indoors.
Multiple cooking methods: Grill, barbecue, smoke, or
bake with your Dakota Grill™. Grill quickly at higher
temperatures or barbecue low and slow – it's your
choice. Or add a few dry wood chips for professional
smokehouse results – just more quickly and simply. If
that's not enough, precise temperature controls, even
heat, and a timer allow you to bake anything your oven
can, including Angel-food cakes. Cook for one or 100 –
it's easy!
Auto Chef™ Technology: Your grill automatically
takes care of itself—you do not need to monitor or
adjust it, meats need not be flipped, and foods can be left
alone even after they are done. A precision
microcontroller and electronic temperature sensors
continually monitor grill and meat temperatures. When
meat is done – to your specifications – your grill quits
cooking and switches to WARM mode.
Greaseless Grilling™: Greases drip straight down
without burning or smoking. This not only accentuates
the natural flavors of your meats (no greasy overtone),
but also keeps your meats leaner and healthier (grease
deposits and carcinogens are greatly reduced). Since
you generate no smoke while grilling, you may grill
indoors, even in the kitchen (and produce less smoke
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than your oven).
All-weather cooking: Grill in almost any weather. Your
Dakota Grill is insulated from the cold and protected
against wind – it cooks the same at -20°F and 120°F.
(The only difference: it needs a bit longer to heat up.)
Numerous Conveniences: Make two trips, once to put
food on and once to remove it. Set your grill, leave, and
eat when you are ready. Automatically cook to the
correct temperature. Cook on both levels to finish rare
and medium steaks simultaneously. Clean-up is easy,
flare-ups are non-existent, and grease is no problem. A
120 Volt outlet provides power and eliminates the
nuisances of gas and charcoal grills.
Healthiness & Safety: Most grills produce carcinogens
by burning grease or charring meat; since your Dakota
Grill does not burn grease or create char, it produces few
or no carcinogens. Unlike a gas grill, fire or explosions
cannot occur. The grill exterior stays fairly cool – burns
are unlikely. Multiple safety measures protect against
electric shock or overheating.
Delectable Enhancements: Gentle heat and minimal
airflow pamper meats for extreme juiciness and
tenderness. Greaseless grilling yields pure flavors with
no unintended overtones. Flavors are easily magnified
with seasonings, sauces, or smoke.
“Green” Energy-Efficiency: Your Dakota Grill is very
energy efficient – 10 to 20 times more so than gas grills.
Most meals require less than a kilowatt-hour of
electricity. Assuming electricity costs 10¢ per kilowatthour, a roast cooks for under 10¢ and hamburgers for
less than 5¢. Actual energy usage is recorded in the
“Statistics” menu. For extra green kudos, grill inside
during the winter and bake outside during the summer.
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Grill Description
Design Philosophy
We strive for elegant simplicity – each part should enhance
functionality and simplify design.
Controlled airflow and insulation provide multiple benefits.
Minimal airflow retains juices, increases efficiency, and causes
dry wood chips to smoke without burning. High-temperature
insulation imparts extreme energy efficiency, consistent interior
temperatures, and a relatively cool exterior, allowing use in any
weather and preventing grease condensation.
The grease management system was designed with you in
mind; grease is no longer a problem! The interior of the grill is
wide open for easy cleaning. Greases drip straight down
without touching hot surfaces, and shouldn't smoke, produce
carcinogens, or start on fire. With no smoke or danger of fire,
you can grill in your house without worry. The electric heating
elements are positioned on the sides and are also shielded; this
protects them from dripping grease so they last much longer.
For your convenience, grease collects in a glass jar; this keeps
animals from making a mess and allows for easy disposal.
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Parts of the Grill
Parts of the Grill
Food Grates
lid-lifted grate
lower grates
The stainless-steel food grates consist of the lid-lifted upper
grate and one full-sized or two half-sized lower grates, which fit
in a sink or dishwasher. Cook on either level or use both
simultaneously. Foods on the bottom see slightly more heat; a
steak placed on the bottom will be medium-well when a steak
on the top reaches medium-rare. When using both levels, it is
generally best to place quicker-to-cook foods on the top and
longer-cooking or fattier foods on the bottom. Remove the lidlifted grate to fit larger items in the grill (such as a whole
chicken, turkey, or angel food cake).
Smoker Tray
element (top part)
wood chips
smoker tray
The smoker tray (front view) fits on two screws located
between the top and bottom parts of the back hairpin element.
The tray has two slotted holes for easy attachment and removal.
The smoker tray imparts a nice smoke flavor to foods with
just a few dry wood chips. (The heat from the element below
and above the tray makes the wood smolder.)
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Parts of the Grill
Drip Pan
The drip pan (top view) funnels grease into the drip jar
below. It is removable for easy cleanup. The drip pan stays
relatively cool and prevents smoke, fire, and flare-ups by
funneling food grease out of the grill and into the drip jar.
Drip Jar
The drip jar (front view) is located at the bottom of the grill
and holds the grease that flows from the drip pan. The jar
unscrews for cleaning or disposal. (On the Metro model, it
slides out the front.) Be sure to empty the jar after every use to
prevent overflows. The included pint jar may be replaced with
a quart jar for greater grease-handling capability. A quart jar is
recommended for grilling large quantities of very greasy food
(such as large prime rib roasts or several fatty chickens).
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Parts of the Grill
Grill Temperature Sensor
(thermistor)
The thermistor (side-front view) is an electronic temperature
sensor. It extends two inches into the grill from the right-hand
side and is not adjustable. Together with the microcontroller,
this thermistor provides an accurate temperature reading of the
interior of the grill.
Meat Probe
Probe Tip
Probe Plug
The tip of the meat probe contains a sensor to measure the
internal temperature of your meat. The probe tip (left) should
be inserted 2-3 inches into the thickest part of your meat. To
prevent false readings, be sure it is not against bone, in fat, or
poked all the way through. The plug end (right; bottom view)
connects to the jack under the control panel. On the Stately and
Signature models, the jack is located on the stainless steel
enclosure under the right shelf; on the Metro and Built-In
models, it is located behind the controls on the right side. The
probe may be connected or disconnected at any time.
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Parts of the Grill
Microcontroller
The microcontroller is located beneath the control panel
(under the right shelf). It manages all grill operations and is
programmable through the user interface. The microcontroller
continually monitors both the grill and meat temperatures.
When the meat is done, the microcontroller sets the grill to
Warm Mode and beeps five times to alert the chef.
User Interface
The user interface is menu-driven and allows you, the chef,
to control the grill. Through this interface, you can turn the grill
on and off, view the current grill and meat temperatures and
their set points, adjust the desired grill and meat temperatures,
activate the timer, and examine statistics, including total
cooking time, the maximum temperature your meat reached,
and the amount of energy used (in kilowatt-hours).
The green LED shines while the grill is cooking and blinks
when the food is done. The red LED only glows when the
elements are heating. If either LED is blinking, the grill is not
cooking.
Accessories
Grill covers, custom sand-etching, extra probes, stainless
steel cleaner, and more are available for your Dakota Grill. For
you avid chefs, we also offer Dakota Grill seasonings, meat
cure kits, aprons, and chef hats. Contact:
Dakota Grills, LLC
44136 200th St.
Lake Preston, SD 57249
Web: www.dakotagrills.com
Email: info@dakotagrills.com
Phone: (605) 847-4713
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User Interface and Operation
User Interface and Operation
Start the grill by pressing the ON button
on the Control
Panel for three seconds. Shut the grill off by pressing the OFF
button
for three seconds. Every time the grill is turned on it
shows the standard display.
Standard Display:
Grill
Probe
-- or -Grill
Probe
-- or -Grill
Timer
∙Low∙<320>
∙N/C∙<155>
321°F<320>
123°F<155>
321°F<320>
1:23:45
Note: Temperatures and times are adjustable. The timer is
displayed whenever it is active. After it reaches zero, the timer shows
a negative time and counts upwards; it is shown until a new
temperature is set. When both the timer and probe are used, the
display toggles between them every 4 seconds. All times are shown
in hours:minutes:seconds format.
The top line indicates the grill's current temperature and set
point – this is your cooking temperature and controls how
quickly your meats cook. The bottom line indicates the meat's
current temperature and set point, i.e., desired “doneness” – this
controls how far your meats cook. The bottom line may also
indicate the time remaining on the timer; either way, the bottom
line always indicates how far or how long your meats cook.
The top line, “Grill”, displays the current grill temperature,
i.e., “123°F”, and also the set temperature, i.e, “<320>”. When
below 103°F, the top line reads “Low”. The bottom line,
“Probe”, displays the current probe temperature, i.e., “79°F”,
and the probe's set temperature or desired “doneness”, such as
“<150>”. When the probe is not connected (or very cold), the
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bottom line reads “N/C”. Note that temperature settings are
always in brackets < >, while actual temperatures are not.
The grill has two modes: Warm and Cook. When the grill is
in Warm Mode, the green LED flashes and the display blinks
“WARM”; during Cook Mode, the green LED is solid and the
grill set-temperature is shown brackets, i.e., “<320°F>”. Warm
Mode keeps the grill temperature at 150°F, which keeps foods
warm without cooking. The grill may start in Warm Mode or
Cook Mode (as specified in the Options Menu). Setting the
timer or grill or probe temperatures switches the grill to Cook
Mode. It automatically switches back to Warm Mode when the
meat probe senses that the meat is done, or (optionally) when
the timer reaches zero.
From the Standard Display, you may set the grill
temperature, the probe temperature, the timer, or options by
pressing the enter key . This takes you to the Set Menu; use
the up
or down
keys to select the item you wish to set:
grill temperature, probe temperature, timer, or options. Press
the enter key
to set the selected item.
Set Menu:
->Set
Set
Set
Set
Grill Tmp
Probe Tmp
Timer
Options
Note: only two of these lines are displayed at once; the others are
visible only when the up
or down
key is used to scroll through
the menu. The arrow -> points to the current selection.
When either the “Set Grill Tmp” or “Set Probe Tmp”
items are selected and the enter key
is pressed, a dialog is
activated for setting the given temperature. Each digit may be
set independently or together; the underlined digit with the
blinking cursor is active. Use the up
or down
keys to
change the active digit; hold them down to quickly adjust all
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digits. Use the back
or enter
keys to select other digits.
When the third digit is active, press the enter key
once more
to set the new temperature. When the first digit is active, press
the back key
to exit the dialog without changing the
temperature setting.
“Set Temperature” Dialogs:
Set Grill Temp:
320°F
-- or -Set Probe Temp:
155°F
Note: The “Set Grill Temperature” Dialog is also activated when
the up key
is pressed while viewing the Standard Display.
Similarly, the “Set Probe Temperature” Dialog is activated by the
down key
while viewing the Standard Display.
When the “Set Timer” item is selected and the enter key
pressed, a dialog is activated for setting the timer. Each digit is
set independently; the underlined digit with the blinking cursor
is active. Use the up
or down
keys to change the active
digit, then press the enter key
to advance to the next digit.
When the seconds (5th) digit is active, press the enter key
once more to move to the timeout option field (the “Y” or “N”
following “At t=0, Quit?”). Press the up
or down
key to
toggle the field between “Y” (yes) and “N” (no); choosing “Y”
will cause the grill to switch to Warm Mode when the timer
reaches zero, while choosing “N” will cause the grill to beep
but keep cooking. Press the enter key
once more to activate
the timer. Press the back key
to return to the previous digit,
or to exit the dialog without changing the timer settings.
“Set Timer” Dialog:
SetTimer 0:00:00
At t=0, Quit? Y
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View additional per-use information, such as the how long
your food has been done, the amount of time it took to cook, the
maximum temperature it reached, and energy usage, by pressing
the back key
from the Standard Display. This takes you to
the Info Display; use the up
or down
keys to scroll
through the various statistics. Press the back
or enter
key to return to the Standard Display. “Done ... Ago” measures
how long ago the grill switched to warm mode. “Reached”
indicates the maximum temperature your meat reached.
“CookedIn” displays how long food took to cook, assuming it
was placed on the grill right when it finished preheating. (If
you placed meat on a cold grill, add the “Preheat” time.)
“Used ... kW·h” displays the amount of energy used in kiloWatt-hours, while “Element-On” shows the total time the
elements have been heating.
Info Display:
Done 0:12:34 Ago
Reached 157°F
Coo k e d I n 1:2 3 : 4 5
Preheated 10:21
Used 1.14 kW·h
HeatTime 0:39:10
Run-Time 1:46:40
Note: only two of these lines are displayed at once; the others are
visible by scrolling with the up
or down
keys. All times
(except preheat) are displayed as hours:minutes:seconds.
Automatic Shutoff
If your grill is accidentally left on for more than 6 hours, it
will automatically shut itself off. Your grill shuts off six hours
from the time it was last adjusted; i.e., whenever you set the
timer or temperature, the 6-hour shutoff is reset.
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Grilling, Smoking, and Baking
For additional cooking guidelines, meat temperatures, and
recipes, visit our website (www.dakotagrills.com) or the
USDA's Food Safety website: www.fsis.usda.gov/Fact_Sheets/.
Grill Guidelines
(these also apply to smoking)
Your Dakota Grill cooks meats to tender and juicy
perfection quickly and easily. Meats are best when cooked at
lower temperatures; this increases cooking time, but meats are
more tender and juicy.
Use the meat probe when possible – the grill will cook meat
to the temperature you specified, switch to Warm Mode, and
alert you by beeping five times and flashing the green LED.
Always stick the meat probe at least 2-3 inches into the thickest
part of the meat; when that part is done, the rest is too.
1. Empty the drip jar before grilling or smoking.
2. Try sprinkling grill seasoning on both sides of meat. For
great flavor, try our Country Seasoning.™ For beef, use
Sizzlin' Steak.™
3. Use the meat probe. Place the probe 2-3 inches into the
thickest part of the meat. Adjust the controls to cook meats
to the following internal temperatures:
BEEF Med Rare 145°F
Medium 155°F
Well Done 165°F
FISH 145°F
PORK Chops & Loin - 160°F
Ribs (see recipe) - 185°F
LAMB 160°F
POULTRY - FDA minimum - 165°F
Breast or Whole - 170°F
Thigh or Leg 180°F
4. For accurate results, the probe cannot touch bone or poke
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all the way through meat!
5. The grill will cook the same whether you use the upper or
lower rack; when using both levels, the bottom cooks
slightly faster (or slightly more). Use to your advantage.
6. Grill at temperatures between 300°F and 425°F. Lower
temperatures require longer cooking times, but are usually
worth the wait. In general, meats are more juicy and tender
when cooked slowly. We recommend 320°F to 350°F.
7. When grilling indoors, keep the grill temp. below 350°F.
8. Do not set the grill temperature above 400°F when using
the meat probe.
9. If you will not be there to immediately remove your meat,
set the probe temperature for 5 to 10 degrees less than
guidelines state. (Residual heat continues cooking it.)
10. Do not open grill to check meat. The microprocessor and
meat probe will monitor your meat.
11. Do not flip meats while cooking—it will only waste heat.
Your grill cooks evenly without flipping. For attractive
grill marks, flip meats when you serve them.
12. For nice BBQ flavor, brush BBQ sauce on your meat when
it is nearly done. Let cook for an additional 15 minutes, or
at low heat for 2 hours. Works great for ribs and chicken.
13. The longer meat is left on warm after it is done, the less
succulent it will be. The thicker meat is, the longer it can
be left. A thick roast can be left as long as an hour or two.
Add a glaze for longer times (see Tenderizing, below).
14. Tenderizing: keep meats' internal temperatures at 160 – 180
for an hour or longer (tough cuts take longer). Add BBQ
sauce, glaze, honey, or similar every 2 hours to keep moist.
15. Clean the probe after each use but do not immerse in water.
Clean with a damp cloth, rinse, and dry.
16. For maximum grill marks, do not preheat.
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Smoker Guidelines
All types of meats may be hot smoked. Different wood
chips impart different flavors to the meat. The grill guidelines
also apply to smoking, including internal meat temperatures.
1. Smoke-cook only outdoors! (A vent may also work.)
2. Do not preheat the grill when smoking!
3. Use a full tray of dry wood chips (they need not be
soaked). You can heap them up to the element. Use
hickory, maple, or apple wood for pork loin, ribs, and
salmon; mesquite for poultry. Use no more than ¼ tray
of wood chips for steaks – they have a delicate flavor.
4. Sprinkle the meat liberally both top and bottom with our
Country SeasoningTM or Sizzlin' SteakTM; or use your
own mixture.
5. Just as you would when grilling, insert the meat probe
into the thickest part or the biggest piece of meat.
Remember to set the internal meat temperature.
6. Set grill temperature to 320°F. (Lower temperatures
produce too little smoke, while higher temperatures use
the wood chips too quickly.) Feel free to adjust the
temperature after the first half-hour.
7. Do not open grill lid more than necessary. Trust your
microprocessor to watch your meat for you.
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Oven Guidelines
Your Dakota Grill bakes like your home oven and can bake
anything your oven can; all your basic oven recipes will work
on this grill. Preheat time to 400°F is about 12 minutes for
20A elements and 15 minutes for 15A elements. The Metro
model takes a bit longer (16 or 17 minutes).
1. To prevent smoke, make sure your grill is mostly clean.
Eliminating grease ensures it won't smoke at higher
temperatures (especially above 370°F).
a. Clean the grates.
b. Remove the smoker tray.
c. Either remove the drip pan or wash it.
d. Remove residues from drip-guards & grate supports.
2. The maximum grill temperature is 425°F. If a recipe
states a higher temperature, cook at 425°F a bit longer.
3. Always preheat first as you would your oven.
4. Do not use the meat probe. Cook by time as you do in
your home oven, not by probe temperature. The grill
includes a timer for your convenience.
5. Place frozen pizza or biscuits directly on the grates.
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Basic Recipes
Basic Recipes
Many recipes are outlined below; the numbers are
approximate, so adjust these to your personal preferences. The
blank rows are for your note-taking convenience.
Refer to “Grilling, Smoking, and Baking” (pp. 14-17) for
detailed instructions. For additional recipes, cooking guidelines
and meat temperatures, visit our website
(www.dakotagrills.com) or the US Department of Agriculture's
Food Safety website: www.fsis.usda.gov/Fact_Sheets/.
Grill Recipes
These cooking times assume the grill is not preheated.
Subtract five minutes from expected cook time if grill is
preheated. Foods with an asterisk (*) are also very good
smoked.
BEEF
Food Type
Beef Roast
(see recipe)
Hamburgers*
Prime Rib
(see pg. 23)
Size
Cook Time
(minutes)
3 lb.
280
2 ½ hours
(3x3x7”)
315
2 hours
Set Probe
Temp (°F)
145
Similar to Prime Rib when served with Au Jus.
380
20
350
24
9 lb.
280-300
4 hours
14 lb.
320-330
3 – 3 ½ hours
320
35-40
380
25-30
340
25-30
¼ lb.
1”
Steaks
Cook Temp
(°F)
¾”
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160
135-145
140-155
Basic Recipes
PORK
Food Type
Bacon*
Size
Cook Time
(minutes)
thin
300
20
thick
310
30
Set Probe
Temp (°F)
use timer
Drape bacon slices over 2 or 3 grate rods; let ends hang
down. Cooks evenly when at least 2” from elements.
Each level holds 1 lb. Wonderful results. “Smoke with
apple wood for extra flavor.” – Chris Coplan.
4 lb.
Ham
Cook Temp
(°F)
315
2 – 2½ hours
160
Or make homemade ham from pork roast (see recipe).
¾”
Pork Chops*
320
45
340
40
360
35
160
Good with brushed-on BBQ sauce (pg. 15, note 12).
POULTRY
Pork Loin*
9 lb.
whole
Chicken*
legs or
thighs
320
2 – 2½ hours
340
1¾ – 2 hours
340
1½ – 2 hours
310
2½ hours
340
1 hour
160
170 (breast)
185
Insert probe in breast. (Cook to 185 if in thigh.)
Pheasant*
(skinned)
breast
300
1½ hours
whole
340
2 hours
165 (breast)
Tie legs to body, brush with oil, season, cover with
bacon & cheesecloth. When cooked, brush with
butter or BBQ sauce. Juicy and tender.
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Basic Recipes
Food Type
Turkey*
MISC.
FISH
LAMB
(see recipe)
Lamb*
Fish*
Bratwurst*
Size
Cook Time
(minutes)
8 lb.
315
2½ – 3 hours
12 lb.
340
3 hours
Set Probe
Temp (°F)
170 (breast)
Season liberally, tie wings & legs. May brush with oil.
When cooked, may brush with butter or sauce.
chops
320-340
30-40
leg
320
1 – 1½ hours
ground 340
25-30
380
22-25
320
30-35
150-160
160
140
Brush with oil, season moderately. Cook skin-side
down (spray grates with PAM) or on foil.
340
40
385
25
185
We have made bratwurst from deer; ask for recipe.
Polish
Sausage
ShishKabobs
Cook Temp
(°F)
375
17
155
375
30
depends on meat
Stack meat & veggies, brush oil, add seasoning or sauce.
(see recipe)
cobs
340
1 hour
use timer
Sweet Corn* Leave husks on, soak in water 15 – 30 minutes. You
may place corn above thin meats or below thick meats.
Al la' Cob
Pizza
350 - 425
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see packaging
use timer
Basic Recipes
Smoked Meat Recipes
Do not preheat your grill when smoking! Meats will absorb
less smoke if grill is preheated. Fill the smoker tray level-full
unless stated otherwise. Use mesquite chips for poultry and
hickory, maple, or apple for most other meats. Foods with an
asterisk (*) are also good cured (see our website for details).
BEEF
Food Type
Size
Cook Temp
(°F)
Set Probe
Temp (°F)
keep 160-185
whole 300, then 250 8-10 hours
Sweet & Tender: Heap smoker tray to element with
Maple wood. Liberally season brisket, grill fat-side-up
at 300-320 until probe reaches 160 (2-3 hours). Now
set grill temp at 240. Repeat following steps every 1½
hours until tender:
Award-Winning
Flip brisket and slather with sweet BBQ sauce
BBQ Beef
such as Ol' West. Adjust grill temp as necessary
Brisket*
(between 200 and 250) to keep probe temp
between 160 and 185.
Serve right off the grill with BBQ sauce.
Experiment with various woods & BBQ sauces for a
variety of flavors.
315
Beef Ribs*
Steaks
Pork Loin*
2 ½ hours
175 – 180
Use hickory; season liberally. Brush-on BBQ sauce
works great (page 15, note 12).
¾”
PORK
Cook Time
(minutes)
360
25-30
145
Use 3-5 chips; absolutely no more than ¼ tray!
Hickory, maple, or mesquite are good choices.
300
2 ¾ hours
340
2 hours
160
Use cherry (wonderful!) or hickory; season liberally.
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Basic Recipes
Food Type
Spareribs*
POULTRY
(see recipe)
Chicken*
Size
5-6 lb.
Cook Temp
(°F)
315
Cook Time
(minutes)
Set Probe
Temp (°F)
2 ½ hours
185
Use hickory or maple; 1 Tbsp. of seasoning per side.
Brush-on BBQ sauce works great (pg. 15, note 12).
whole
315
2 – 2½ hours
170 (breast)
legs or
thighs
340
1 hour
180 (thigh)
Use mesquite or cherry; season liberally.
13 lb.
Turkey*
(see recipe)
3 hours
320
2 hours
FISH
165
Cure beforehand for amazing results. Use mesquite.
Season liberally. May drape with bacon.
315
Salmon
170 (breast)
Use mesquite. Season liberally, tie wings & legs. May
brush with oil.
whole
Pheasant*
320
35
145
Use hickory; season liberally. Place skin-side down
(spray grates with PAM). Serve right away or chill.
Customer Recipes
The following recipes are really good! If you would like to
contribute a recipe, we'd be pleased. We may publish it in a
newsletter or on our website and will credit the author. Send it
by mail or email us at: feedback@dakotagrills.com.
Food Type
Size
Cook Temp
(°F)
Hash Browns frozen
Cook Time
(minutes)
same as steaks or hamburgers
or fresh 350
25-30
Set Probe
Temp (°F)
N/A
Frozen: Place frozen ovals or squares directly on grate.
Hash Browns
(continued)
by Mike Nelson
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Basic Recipes
Food Type
Size
Cook Temp
(°F)
Cook Time
(minutes)
Set Probe
Temp (°F)
Flip halfway through cooking. Add cheese or other
toppings a few minutes before eating. Works well!
Fresh: Hash big potatoes to maximize length. Microwave
until clear (half-cooked). Grill until bottom is browned.
Flip and repeat, adding spices, cheese, or other toppings.
Homemade
Summer
Sausage
(see recipe)
by Wally
Onion Sauté
by Adam
230
4 ½ – 5 hours
3”
diameter see recipe for full details
Grind deer or other meat, mix with 20% beef fat, add
summer-sausage mix (or your own seasonings) and stuff
in sausages. Smoke with hickory, cherry, or maple wood.
Wonderful results!
full
onion
by Adam
50-60
350
40-50
use timer
340, then 320 2½ – 3 hours
135
Season liberally with Sizzlin' Steak. Cook at 320-340
until probe reaches 135. Apply glaze and decrease grill
temperature to 220-300; adjust grill temp to either
maintain probe at 140 (rare – med. rare) or to finish
cooking to desired doneness. Cook slowly until done,
then hold until ready to eat. Apply glaze every hour.
Glaze recipe:
Mix 2 au jus packets according to directions, then
“doctor” to taste: add several beef bouillon cubes,
spices, etc., until you have intense flavor. Save
half for au jus. Thicken rest with corn starch or
flour until thick as molasses.
Bacon-Wrap 3-6
shoots
Asparagus
by Kathy
320
Peel. Cut bottom flat, cut cone from top. Fill cone with
butter & seasoning. Keep upright & grill until tender.
12 lb.
Best-Ever
Prime Rib
160
340
30-35
use timer
Wrap shoots with bacon. Brush with oil or butter, grill.
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Basic Recipes
Food Type
Size
Cook Temp
(°F)
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Cook Time
(minutes)
Set Probe
Temp (°F)
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Miscellaneous
Miscellaneous
Cleaning and Care
Wash the interior of the grill with soapy water. Use a soft
cloth and soapy water to clean the stainless steel exterior, rinse
with clean water, and buff dry immediately. Do not use
scrubber pads on the exterior as they may scratch the brushed
stainless steel finish.
The food grates and drip pan clean easily in a kitchen sink
with a scrubber and plenty of soap. Soak in a sink, place in
dishwasher, or use a degreaser on the grates and drip pan.
Warranty
Your grill has a 7-year limited warranty against rust-through
on the grill body, and a 5-year limited warranty on everything
else, including the electronics and meat probe.
Within this warranty period, Dakota Grills, LLC will repair
or replace, at its option, the defective part at no charge,
provided the part is returned freight prepaid to Dakota Grills,
LLC. Please call the number below for any returns.
This warranty does not cover improper installation, misuse,
abuse, or neglect on part of the owner. Warranty is also invalid
in any case that the product is taken apart or serviced by an
unauthorized service station.
Contact Info
Dakota Grills, LLC
44136 200th St.
Lake Preston, SD 57249
Web: www.dakotagrills.com
Email: info@dakotagrills.com
Phone: (605) 847-4713
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