The Cobb: Compact, Portable & Versatile Grill

The Cobb Roasting Corn

A little over a year ago, I wrote an entry describing a very simple means of producing extremely tasty grilled pork chops. About a month ago, Tom – Cobb Grill commented on the post. As with all posts that make it through the spam filter, I checked out the post and associated link.

Now, almost all spam is nullified by my spam filters. Some borderline stuff gets through. And the comment was borderline considered within the context of the link.

So, I visited the Art Fleederman and left a bit of feedback to see how serious/legitimate the company might be. I also offered to review the product, if they would send me a Cobb. I’m not above pimping my weblog for free stuff.

There is one simple rule: If said thing is a piece of crap, I’m going to say so in no uncertain terms.

Corn Tower

Tom at Art Fleederman took up my offer and sent me a Cobb.

The Cobb is definitely one well designed compact grill. I hesitate to even call it a grill. It is more like a small charcoal-fired convection oven.

I dropped some soaked in-husk corn on the Cobb, which was fueled by 8 or 10 charcoal briquettes and let it sit for about 45 minutes to an hour.

This style is my favorite way to cook corn. Done right, the resulting corn is tender, moist, and will have a bit of a caramelized sugar flavor to it.

It was significantly more moist than the many times I have done the same preparation on a larger grill. And the Cobb only consumed about 60% of the fuel during the cook.

As can be seen in the picture, the Cobb is not a large grill. It can barely fit 4 reasonably sized ears of corn with the lid on!

Lighting The Cobb for the First Time

Yet, it appears to be a very versatile grill. As can be seen in the picture at the left, the firebox is fairly small and sits at the center of the Cobb. What can’t be seen is the moat that surrounds it, into which you can place liquids for steaming and/or vegetables for roasting. It also appears to be possible to cook down sauces in this moat, using the renderings from the cooking meats to add additional flavors.

Roasted Corn, Ready to Eat

The grill is about 12″ in diameter and stands 14″ tall with the lid on. Their are a number of accessories; griddles, wok tops, etc…

It is also extremely portable and comes with an awesome carrying case. The design of the grill is such that the stainless steel mesh stays cool to the touch throughout the cook. I’m pretty sure I could cook with the Cobb on top of a tablecloth / wooden table without an issue.

In any case, it is a very impressive product and I’m looking forward to see how it fairs cooking meats and baking breads. It should prove ideal for cooking for my family, which is convenient given that my kitchen is currently destroyed in the process of a remodel.

Frankly, I knew nothing about The Cobb prior to tracing back the comment Tom made originally. I still know little about Art Fleederman other than that their online presence is both a bit campy and very interesting. The handful of communication I have had with Tom and with the company has been pleasant and responsive.

Art Fleederman carries what appears to be the complete line of Cobb grills and accessories. I’m very likely going to order the roasting rack soon.

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13 Responses to “The Cobb: Compact, Portable & Versatile Grill”

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  2. Sister Carrie says:

    Wow. Sounds good and easy. I was not expecting a good review.

  3. annbb says:

    Grill some meat soon – can hardly wait to see how the Cobb measures up!

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  5. Charles says:

    I personally would recommend an alternate product, the Weber Charcoal Go-Anywhere Grill. It’s cheaper than the Cobb (I got mine free for clipping coupons) and has most of the features the Cobb has, although not so elaborately designed. It’s extremely efficient, you can shut all the vents to snuff it instantly and reuse most of the charcoal, I once got 3 grillings out of one load of charcoal (only about 9 briquets). The vents work great for modulating the fire intensity, and it works well at indirect heat and has accessories like water pans for moist heat or smoking. Also most grill foods fit better on this Weber rectangular grill than a small round grill like the Cobb.
    Unfortunately it might be hard to find, Weber doesn’t list it on their website, only the horrid gas version. But you can still find them at Amazon for $45.

  6. bbum says:

    Nice grill! But it is a grill, not an oven. The more I use the Cobb, the more I realize that it is really a charcoal fired oven. For example, the Cobb’s design makes it impossible for flare up to occur because of fat dripping on the coals — much more like the even heat of an oven.

    I do wish it had adjustable vents. I wouldn’t have saved that much charcoal, but.. still… I am a cheap bastard at heart.

    However, if I were in the market for a portable grill, I would pick up the Weber in a heart beat. Looks quite handy.

  7. Charles says:

    Oh well I realized I should clarify, the little Weber doesn’t hold just 9 briquets, that’s all I use when grilling something just for myself, like one hamburger, and I love how stingy it is with fuel. I use this grill a lot at pot lucks, I usually cook a big flank steak over a charge of about 25 briquets. Sometimes I make yakisoba in two frying pans over the grill. And when I snuff it out, it’s cool enough 20 minutes later, I can toss it back into my car trunk. But I usually cook just for myself and this is about the most convenient and economical way to grill one serving.
    I do note that one of the distinctive features of all Weber grills is that they’re intended to be used with the cover on, so controlled airflow through the vents will prevent flareups. Same principle as the Cobb.
    Anyway, don’t mean to hijack your Cobb review, but I don’t think the little Weber is much of a threat to their market since that Weber model appears to be End Of Life’d. I’ve had mine for about 20 years. Everyone who sees mine, wants one. So I just recommend it and tell everyone this might be your last chance to get one.

  8. bbum says:

    Charles — my comment wasn’t meant to downplay the Weber. It does look like an awesome little grill. More to point out the differences. The weber is a grill and a very good one, from the looks of it and the online reviews. Of course, with Weber and several other like minded companies, good reviews of an unchanged product means they have to kill it for something “better” that is actually much worse. Sigh.

    If I had room for one, I’d pick it up. The cooking area is significantly larger and, thus, doing a boatload of dogs or burgers on it would be possible, as it is not with the Cobb (I could do — maybe — 6, definitely 5 burgers on the Cobb).

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  11. Kim says:

    This sounds like something I should buy for my husband. I had never heard of the cobb – I was thinking you were talking about corn on the cob. It’s getting close to Christmas, I’ll go take a look. Thanks.

  12. Weber Gas Grills|Rohan says:

    This is interesting. I run a Weber gas grills site and am immersed in the grill world but never stumbled across this little baby. You have a great writing style and it would be awesome if you could post your thoughts on the Weber Kettle grill. I guess it’s the only thing we carry that even compares to this in terms of size. Awesome post by the way, yours is one of the few grills posts I’ve come across that talks about corn instead of steak or chicken. Oh, and carmelized corn at that? I just got a craving! 🙂

  13. noor says:

    We love our cobb, originally we are from south east Asia, we love to eat jasmin rice. We always worry about our trip especially during the camping trip, we always bring the rice cooker, after we got the cobb, eating steam white rice no problem anymore, even during camping time no electrycity, no problem.
    We put 2 cups jasmin rice and water inside the stainless steel container and cover it, leave it inside the cobb on the top of the wire rack, and cover the cobb, after 20 -30 minutes wallaa… the rice done. Now we start to make the stir fry, my husband happy so he can eat the chinese food even during the camping trip.

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