Royal Gourmet 30 inch Charcoal Grill for the New Pitmaster

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You have always wanted to be a Pitmaster with your grilling and smoking. In this review of the Royal Gourmet 30 in charcoal grill you can become the new Pitmaster in your neighborhood. I will give you a thorough analysis of this grill/smoker.

There are a number of ways this grill can be used. It can be used as a grill or a smoker. I will give you information and tips on how to do both. Using this grill is quite easy and can be fun. Let’s get started on how to use this wonderful piece of equipment to become a Pitmaster for family and friends.

I found when first starting out that there were so many questions to be answered but I had no one that could answer my questions. Most people who get into grilling have been around it since an early age. These individuals may have seen what it takes to get started. There is so much information to learn when you first start that you don’t know where to look. I will try to supply the basics for you. You will develop your own style and flavors you prefer after a short period of time.

Finding your own style and flavor takes some time. Ask questions of your friends and family at the beginning but don’t be afraid to ask questions. The more questions you ask the better you will do.

Royal Gourmet CC1830SC Charcoal Grill Offset Smoker with Cover, 811 Square Inches, Black, Outdoor Camping
Model NameCC1830SC
Power SourceCharcoal
Item Weight54.3 Pounds
Item Dimensions LxWxH

Setting Up Your New Royal Gourmet 30 inch Charcoal Grill

When you first get your box with your grill in it, you say to yourself that I don’t know if I can do this. You wonder if maybe it would be better to pay someone to assemble your new grill for you. I can assure you that you can do this by yourself.

Royal Gourmet gives you the instructions for putting your grill/smoker together. It is not difficult at all. Open your package that has your instructions in it and make sure that all of the parts you need are there. Your instructions may say that it will take up to 50 minutes to put together. It never took me this long and I am clumsy when it comes to following directions.

Once, you know all the parts are there just follow the steps one after the other. You will be tempted at times to skip a step DON’T DO IT. The steps are setup for anyone to be successful at putting this grill together. The following video shows how easy it is.

Unboxing video of the Royal Gourmet 30 in grill by Hippy Homesteader

The First Burn to Get You Ready to Grill

Whenever you purchase a new grill, one of the first things you want to do after assembling it is to “season” your new grill. What this means is get it ready to grill by burning off any excess paint or others finishing products that you don’t want to get into your food.

By seasoning your new grill and burning off the excess, you are doing yourself and your grill a great favor. Your food will taste much better and your grill will last longer. This video shows how to “season” your grill.

Seasoning Your New Grill Before Your First Grill

Grilling For the First Time

You have gotten your first burn done on your new Royal Gourmet 30 inch Charcoal Grill and are excited about your first grilling experience. You are trying to decide whether to grill or smoke first.

Once you decide what to grill make sure that everything that needs to be done is already prepared. You have your tongs, fork, heat resistant gloves and thermometer for checking the temperature of your meat.

Checking the temperature before you pull the meat off the grill is extremely important for food safety. Undercooked food may not have killed all the bacteria that could cause you to have problems.

For my first grilling experience, I decided to go with something safe. I grilled chicken and this is the recipe that I used. I found this marinade to be quite tasty and the chicken was so tender and moist. It seemed to melt in my mouth.

4-8 oz=70-140 ml

2-4 oz = 60 – 120 ml

1/2 tsp – 2 Tbl

1/2 tsp – 2 Tbl

Wine, Citrus, Vinegar, Yogurt or Buttermilk


herbs and spices


A good rule of thumb is 4 ounces of marinade per pound of meat.

This is a quick easy marinade to use with awesome flavor. I recommend making the marinade up 2-3 hours before your grill. This gives the marinade an opportunity to enhance the flavor profile of your chicken.

While you are waiting for the grill to get to the right temperature, have a glass of iced tea. I no longer drink any alcohol but since this is your grilling event if you want something else then do so.

Cleanup After Your Grilling Event

These are a few things I have learned along the way to make my cleanup easier and faster. One thing that I do is either have a garbage container close to the area that I am grilling in or to take a clothes hanger and attach it to the side of the canopy. This makes cleanup a breeze.

You can also use a clothes hanger for a paper towel dispenser. Just attach the hook on the the leg of the canopy and have the arms fit inside the paper towel roll for convenience.

Royal Gourmet 30 inch Charcoal Grill

Now you have some ideas about how easy the Royal Gourmet 30 inch Charcoal Grill is to use. You will find that the more you use it the more you will want to use it. Finding new ways to use your grill will only add to your excitement.

You have tables to use in the front and on one side for holding your platters while you put your food on the grill. You will find there are recipes for grilling vegetables and fruits for additional flavor to go with your main grilled items.

Having grilled fruit as a dessert is a treat for many and gives an added surprise to your guests that have never had grilled fruit. It may be one dessert that diabetics can have.

This is your opportunity for purchasing a new grill to begin your journey to become a Pit Master. You will find with this grill that while it is not hard on the budget it is easy to use. You will find it to be the perfect grill for beginning that process.

Royal Gourmet CC1830SC Charcoal Grill w/ Offset Smoker

For additional savings you could buy some additional items for your grill. You will need a charcoal chimney as well.

I hope I have answered some of your questions and given you some ideas on how wonderful grilling can be.

You can be a Pit Master as well. It takes good equipment and time to earn the title of Pit Master but you can make that title your own.

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22 thoughts on “Royal Gourmet 30 inch Charcoal Grill for the New Pitmaster”

  1. My husband and I addicted to our Pit Master, we love to experiment with new recipes. This is a high quality tool that everyone should have.
    What would you recommend for cleaning tools? I find that when we try new marinades some of them to leave a mess on the grill.
    Also what are your favorite rubs for pork?

    • I understand being addicted to the flavor of grilled foods. There is not another taste even remotely like it. It is my belief that if more people grilled they would be healthier and happier. I use a set of tools from Homemaxs that has all the grilling tools I need to keep my grill looking like new. My favorite Pork marinade is actually a dry rub that I put together(now a family favorite) but it can be converted into a marinade by adding olive oil with lime or lemon juice and the dry ingredients.
      Pork Dry Rub
      1/2 tsp Tarragon
      1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
      1/2 tsp Thyme
      1/4 tsp Ground Mustard
      1/4 tsp Chili Powder
      1/8 Tsp ancho chil
      1/4 tsp Basil
      1/4 tsp Paprika
      1/4 tsp Turmeric
      1/4 tsp Kosher Sea Salt
      Please keep this recipe secret.
      I appreciate your viewing and commenting on my post.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing! I just purchased this grill and your post has helped me out immensely especially with getting it set up. 

    I never knew that I needed to ‘season’ my grill and your tips on cleaning up will make the dreaded task easier. I may be a Pitmaster one of these days. 🙂 I never really realized how much went into grilling until I started. 

    Thanks again,


    • Lisa,

      I am glad that my tips and post helped you with setting up your grill. It may seem to be a lot of work at this point but you will find that it becomes easier. With time and practice you may indeed become one of the best Pit Masters. Seasoning your grill is one of the most important steps, this helps get any manufacturing residue burned off. You certainly don’t want to have any of that in your food. It sounds as if this post reached you just in time.

  3. I have done some grilling and I prefer charcoal grills over propane ones. I have a grill a lot like this one and I have done some smoking with it. I am still trying to figure out my grilling style and flavor preference. 

    Grilling is something you have to learn through experience. It is defiantly a trial and error thing, I just like trying to learn how to grill. I always like to learn more and then apply it. 

    • Reggie,

      This particular grill if for grilling with charcoal or wood. If you use wood, there is a little trick that I learned to make your life easier. When you use the firebox put a layer of charcoal down in the bottom and get a hot bed of coals then put your hardwood on top of that. You will save on both charcoal and wood this way but still get the maximum smoke flavor you are looking for.

      Grilling and smoking as you say is one that you learn from experience. The more often you grill the better you become and the more you will find the flavor profile that is best for you.


  4. This grill looks like a beat! I am a big fan of getting on the grill, particularly in the summertime. And this looks like it would be right up my street. When I am looking for a grill I always look at the size of the grill. This is because I like to cook for a large number of people.

    This grill looks like it could handle my needs when it comes to a family BBQ or even a friend’s one too.

    • Michael, 

      This grill is indeed large enough to smoke or grill for the entire family. I have a grill that is almost the same size and I can cook for about 20 people at a time. You can smoke a brisket,  or a pork butt  or roast a whole chicken with no problems. It is easy to use and clean up. You will be amazed at the number of things you can do at one time with this grill.


  5. That chicken recipe looks Delicious, and I am definitely going to try that one. Love the look of this grill as it looks so neat and compact as well as easy for the ladies to use.

    The only thing I don’t enjoy about grilling is cleaning the grid after. Do you have any suggestions to make this Job easier?

    • Michel,

      I have used this recipe for several years now. I developed it in answer to a friend that wanted a different flavor profile for their family, it has since become a favorite of their family and mine. I use a wire brush that is designed to use on the grill. After the  grill has cooled SOME then I use the brush to loosen any food particles left so that I will have my grill grates ready for the next grilling adventure.


  6. The Royal Gourmet 30 inch grill looks like the ideal grill for any barbecue enthusiast. I love the recipe that you have included as well. Is it quite easy to move the grill to different positions? It seems to be quite heavy, so is it better to keep it in one place, or can one wheel it around?

    You mention having coat hangers around to make cleaning up easier, but I am not sure what you mean by it? Could you elaborate more on best cleaning methods please 

    • Moving the Royal Gourmet grill is actually quite easy. All you do is make sure the path you are going to move the grill on is clear then life up on the handle or table extension lift up and move to the new location. You can move it to almost any position in your yard or patio with ease. 

      Take a coat hanger and a set of pliers and wrap the hook of the coat hanger around the leg of the canopy until it is tight, insert the ends of the coat hanger into the plastic to keep it open for people to put their trash in. It keeps your patio or yard neat and tidy. It makes cleanup very easy. I generally will have it at the height of the trash bag.


  7. This is a truly a high quality charcoal grill that every family should have. Worth that money honestly and if anyone wants to buy this is a great product. It is especially good for large yards and lovers of picnics and hanging out with friends. You gave me a great idea which charcoal grill to buy.

    • Bojana,

      This grill can be used for large or small gatherings. It is great when you have a large group of people to grill for. It is easy to relocate to another area of the yard. The ability to start grilling takes no time at all and gives you options on what to grill and for how many people.


  8. I love to grill, i do not have a grill yet but with so many family gatherings this year i really need one.

    I also read in your response to one question about cleaning the grill and you are very helpful. I may be an addict very soon because i believe the smoked and grilled foods are healthier and even tastes better.

    Thank you for this post, i appreciate.

    • Ann,

      I have found that using a brush designed to clean grills works best if you do you cleaning a little at a time when your are grilling. This will get you ahead for when you take everything off the grill. Let the grill cool some and then use that brush and you will be ready for the next event.

      Grilled foods are better for you since it locks in the vitamins and minerals so you get better nutrition for you body. I have found that since I am grilling more I have fewer health problems than I did.


  9. When choosing an outdoor grill, it is a must to get more details and research from previous customers who have bought and used one. The detail review of the Royal Gourmet is helpful in deciding if would like to purchase this grill. I have also checked out your other recommendations and prices. I have bookmarked your website so can come back and buy one on pay day.

    • Janette,

      I am sure you will find this grill to be well worth price. I know that in the northern part of Georgia with climate you have that this will be a wonderful addition to have for enjoying the weekend or any day actually. 

      Experiment with some of the recipes to find the flavor you like best. Most recipes for grilling are fairly simple and can be adapted to your particular choice.


  10. I absolutely adore grilled food and for a long time I was toying with the idea of buying a charcoal grill for my balcony. Finally I decided to do it and I can say that this was the best decision I could make. I am not an experienced cooker so I am still learning how to make grilled food but the taste, as you said, cannot be compared with anything else out there.

    • Stratos,

      Grilling is very easy to learn. Today there are so many you tube videos to watch in order to get the general idea of what you need to do. Apply what you learn and experiment with that knowledge in order to find the flavor that you like.


  11. Another great advantage of these grills is that they are very comfortable to use. It is super easy to use these types of grills, and they are very convenient for professional and amateur chefs. This convenience of usage makes it better for everyday applications. You won’t need to fry your food.                                                                                                                                                                                           

    • Emma,

      You are exactly right about how easy it is to use these grills. You can either use the firebox or the barrel section of the grill and cook as well as someone who does this for a living. If you clean your grill as you go along then at the end of your grilling event you are ready for the next event.



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