Royal Royal Gourmet Grill Review – 30 inch Charcoal

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The Royal Gourmet Grill Review will help you to become a Pitmaster. It is a passion of mine to help others become Pitmasters in their own right. I will use my experience and knowledge to help you become the Pitmaster that you want to be. There are new ways to grill and new recipes for which I am always on the lookout for. Testing and researching for the best techniques and recipes is ongoing knowledge that I would love to share with you.

You will have the knowledge and confidence to grill whatever you like. I will help you learn and master all the basics in no time at all. You will learn how to develop your own recipes and find what flavor profile suits you best. The Royal Gourmet Grill is a great place to start.

In this review, I will tell you all that I know about the Royal Gourmet Grill – 30 Inch Charcoal. Let’s get GRILLING!!!!

The Royal Gourmet Grill – 30 inch Charcoal

The Royal Gourmet Grill is a great grill to start learning to be a Pitmaster. With this grill you have plenty of room to start learning about fire management and the space needed for your grilling. You will have options for grilling and smoking that other grills do not provide you.

This grill gives you the opportunity to learn about fire-management. Techniques for getting the most out of your grill and smoker will be discussed in this review. You will have the opportunity to sharpen your skills for grilling.

We will discuss some of the best practices for grilling and smoking different types of foods for a better grilling and dining experience. Knowing these practices will save you a great deal of frustration and poorly cooked food. You want to become the best and have friends and family tell others about how well you can grill(even better than the masters).

Your Cooking Area is Awesome

This grill has 811 square inches of cooking space. That is more than enough room to grill almost anything. You will be able to grill several items at once. It will depend upon how long each item has to be grilled. Some items will be put on to grill at the very end to prevent overcooking.

If you have food that will take a long time to grill but you want other items grilled as well then you will have to make the decision as to what you want grilled first. Personally, if it is something that I want to eat before my large item is fully cooked, I will grill my small items first.

In some cultures, the smaller items are cooked last so that it builds anticipation of the feast to come. Another reason to cook the smaller items last is so the sides have time to be prepared. The reason I do it like this is so my lid stays shut while grilling the larger item(such as a brisket). The saying that I believe in is “if you’re lookin’, you ain’t cookin’.”

There is so much truth to this saying. It is true that “if you’re lookin’, you ain’t cookin’ ” because every time you open the lid you are letting out heat and smoke. That is bad on the cooking process. Your grill will have to get back up to temperature and the smoke will have to fill your grill again. That can cause a stall in the cooking process and leads to a tougher piece of meat.

Let’s Talk About the Assembly of Your Grill

Assembling your Royal Gourmet Grill is very straightforward. When you unbox your grill make sure that you put them in a place where you can check them off the owner’s manual. The owner’s manual will be included with some of the parts. Once, you have the owner’s manual READ IT COMPLETELY!!!!!!!

Once you have read it, go over the list of parts that is has listed. If parts are missing you will either need to return to place of purchase or contact the manufacturer for the missing parts. It is best to not even try to assemble your grill without the necessary parts. Use the tools that are suggested for the assembly, this way you are less likely to overtighten the screws.

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The Royal Gourmet 30 inch Grill and Smoker
BrandRoyal Gourmet
Model NameCC1830SC
Power SourceCharcoal
Outer MaterialSteel
Item Weight54.3 Pounds
Item Dimensions LxWxH53.39 x 27.95 x 48.82 inches
Inner MaterialStainless_steel

Following the steps in the order they are listed will save you a great deal of frustration and time. Each step listed helps you assemble your grill for the best results. It should not take more than an hour for the assembly of your grill. This video should give you an idea of what you will need to do for your grill to be up and going with just a little time and attention.

Assembling Your Royal Gourmet Grill for Getting Started

As you can see by the specifications this grill is fairly light and easy to move around. It will be no problem to move this grill from one location to another. This grill has a steel body which makes it lightweight and also makes it more resistant to rusting.

Your First Burn

This is one of the most important reasons to do your “first burn”. Your first burn is important for several reasons. To me the most important reason is to burn off the oils that were put on the grill as it was being manufactured. The residue from those oils will ruin the flavor of whatever you are grilling. It does not matter if it is meat, fish, vegetables or fruit.

The next reason which is also extremely important is to find out whether or not you have any leaks that allow smoke to escape. If you have smoke escaping then you also have heat escaping. This will have a direct effect upon how well your grill performs. There are several methods of correcting this problem. Correcting these leaks is easy and inexpensive.

Keeping Your Smoke in the Chamber

First you will need to have medium heat to find the leaks. You will need to purchase some LavaLock gasket material and some LavaLock RTV sealant to go about reducing the number of leaks on your grill. Measure some of the gasket material for the length of the lid and apply it to the areas that are leaking.

If you are using the sealant around the firebox, it is best to apply it before attaching the firebox. Sealing the area between the firebox and the grill can still be done, even if you have already attached the firebox. Simply apply the sealant on the seam where the two meet and let it setup overnight before starting a fire in the firebox. The following video gives a good example of how to apply the gasket and the sealant.

Keeping the Smoke in for The Best Grilling Experience

Start Experiencing Your New Royal Gourmet Grill

Now at long last it is time to start experiencing your new Royal Gourmet Grill. You have assembled your grill and have taken care of any issues with the smoke leaving the chamber. It is time to grill. What to grill first? That question is asked so many times that finding the correct answer still unknown.

You have reached the point in your journey that impatience is starting to set in. Don’t be afraid to ask questions from other Pitmasters on how they do things The more information you have before you start grilling the better.

Every tip you get can help you as long as you keep in mind that you may find a way that is better for you that has not been mentioned. Keep learning and writing down anything that gives you a way to improve your skills. You may want to start a journal on how each grilling experience went. This way you can look back and see what works and what doesn’t.

Know Your Tools

You may want to take it easy the first time or two until you get used to your grill. One thing I would like for you to do first is to be sure you have the right equipment for handling your food.

Grilling Tools Royal Gourmet Grill Review
Grilling Tools with Case

I like to be able to keep up with my tools so I keep them in the case they came in when not in use. As you can see, I have my tongs, baster, spatula and fork all together. One item I did not mention was the grill brush. You will need one of these to help extend the life of your grates.

Having the right tools for the job makes it easier. I prefer tongs that are extra-long since it keeps my hands and arms away from the heat. This is especially important if you are grilling on high heat or have a large quantity to move around on the grill.

A spatula comes in handy when flipping burgers or steaks. Some people use tongs for turning steaks. A basting brush comes in handy when you occasionally need to put on a barbeque sauce or simply apply a marinade or other liquids to help maintain the right level of juiciness of your meats.

Tips for Heat Management

For longer cooks, you will need to maintain your heat level. A little tip that has saved me time and money is to use a grill brick. It is just what it sounds like, a brick. The brick will help maintain the heat in your grill for longer periods of time which cuts down on the amount of charcoal or wood that is used.

Learn to use your dampers for maintaining your heat. There will be times where you will need a large airflow and others where you will only need just a small airflow. Too much airflow will cause your fire to burn too hot and too fast. Too little airflow and your fire will eventually choke out because it had too little oxygen, this will also cause your food to cook unevenly.

As you gain experience grilling, thoughts of smoking a pork butt, brisket or roast may start coming into your mind. That is only natural! You have been learning by watching others do the grilling and now it is your turn.

You have been on a mission to become a Pitmaster and have now started your journey. There is nothing you can’t do in your quest to become a Pitmaster. This new grill with all of its features and space give you options as to what item to grill first.

Cleaning Your Grill With Ease

Cleaning your grill does not have to be difficult. The grill brush that is pictured above to the right of the basting brush is one of the most important pieces of equipment you will need for cleaning your Royal Gourmet Grill. Keeping your grill grates clean will help extend the life of your grates and grill.

Cleaning your grill is easy, especially if the grill is hot. The grill brush can be used to knock off the residue from the grate so that when you are ready to grill again all you have to do is light your charcoal or wood. There are several types of grill brushes that are wonderful for keeping your grates clean and ready for use. You will need to find the one that works best for you.


Following the manufacturers enclosed manual, this grill is a breeze to put together. The instructions with the diagram made the assembly so easy.

With the 811 square inches of space for grilling or smoking, you almost get lost because of so much room for anything you want to cook.

Having the wheels on the grill makes it easy to reposition for taking advantage of changing winds. This way I can get the best airflow into my chamber for grilling or smoking.


The first burn revealed that it did not hold the smoke as well as it could have. This is not a big problem since you can use LavaLock gasket tape to seal the leaks. You can also use LavaLock sealant around the firebox to take care of the problem there.

The paint may chip and peel after a couple of uses. I may have to invest in some high temperature paint to cover to keep from rusting.

The air vents sometimes stick and won’t align for proper air intake for quality smoking.

My Thoughts on The Royal Gourmet Grill

After reviewing the Royal Gourmet Grill, I find that as a starter grill, it is awesome! You have the opportunity for starting out small and mastering some of the principles of fire-management. There will be a learning curve to mastering this grill but the curve is not as steep as with other grills.

You have plenty of room to grill almost anything. In the beginning, to help learn and master cooking on this awesome grill you can start small and work your way to larger items. This grill offers many options on how to grill.

With this grill not only can you grill but you can learn to smoke items such as brisket or pork butt. You have the space for both of these items to smoke them to perfection with just a little practice.

There are a multitude of spices and herbs that you can use to enhance the flavor of your food while using this grill. Some spices and marinades take longer periods of time to penetrate into the meat to achieve the flavor you most desire.

My overall thought on this grill is a decided TWO THUMBS UP. When first starting out, you want a grill that is forgiving and will let you overcome some of your mistakes. This is a great grill to start on your path to becoming a Pitmaster.

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