In our Turboque Review we test this grill gadget by Charcoal Companion that claims to allow your grill to cook like a convection oven, while using less heat and shortening cooking time. Basically it is a little fan that mounts onto your grills rotisserie mount and blows the hot air and smoke at your food.
The Turboque has a special mounting bracket so we mounted it opposite our rotisserie mount, it fit our Brinkmann grill without a problem but they provide excessively long screws. Slide 2 C cells into the back and slide the fan onto the mount, an on/off switch is located on the top of the unit.
The Turboque designed to be used for indirect cooking mainly for larger items, so we decided cook a beer can chicken.
I read the instructions (I really did) and that was my first mistake. We set the grill up with the 2 burners closest to the Turboque on with the grill maintaining 250 degrees and set the chicken up on the far side. A beer can chicken of this size normally cooks for us in 1 hour and 30 minutes so we rotated it after 45 minutes, as per the instructions.
After our normal cooking time had passed the chicken was barely cooked. So we turned up the grill to about 325-350 degrees and after about 20 minutes we noticed some progress. The chicken was at a slight angle to the fan and a corner of it was browning well.
So after another hour and several rotations our chicken was finally cooked. Because of the slow beginning to the process the skin was rubber, but the meat was tender and juicy.
The conclusion of our Turboque Review
I guess this kind of works, but I would not recommend this gadget. If you simply must have it the first thing you need to do is throw out the instructions. The way I see it is if they can’t figure out how to cook with this thing how are you expected to? Start by cooking at maybe a slightly lesser temperature then you normally would and make adjustments from there.
Since this review was originally written we have been in contact with Charcoal Companion. They admitted that the temperatures listed in instructions are wrong and that they would be revising them. If we get a new set of instructions I will try it again and revise this article. It has been many years since this post was first written and new instructions never came.
The Turboque has been discontinued by the manufacturer and I can no longer find it or anything like it available anywhere online.
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