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A New Take on an Old Flame

Dec 22, 2014

The Gaucho Grill™ is a major rethink of the Argentinian/ Santa Maria-style grill

The Argentinian/Santa Maria-style grill got a major makeover. The Gaucho Grill by Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet takes a time-honored grill design and brings it into the 21st century.

The Gaucho Grilll features a gas-powered starter burner to light a wood or charcoal fire. Its cooking surface cradle carries interchangeable cooking surfaces cut for meat, fish or vegetables. The cradle also houses a rotisserie. And a Deep Hopper funnel under the burner moves away ash and creates a chimney effect for better heat flow.

Combined, these features turn the Argentinian/Santa Maria grilling on its head.

The most noticeable feature of the Gaucho is its massive 30-inch spoked stainless steel wheel. It raises and lowers the cooking-surface cradle. For high temperature searing, place the cooking surfaces level with the grill frame. Raise the cradle up to 18 inches above the fire for slow, low-temperature cooking.

Converting to rotisserie cooking is easy. Just remove the cooking surfaces and insert the roasting spit into a built-in motor.

Interchangeable cooking surfaces are laser cut from quarter-inch thick slabs of stainless steel. The vegetable grate has openings small enough to prevent green beans from falling through and into the fire. The fish surface, with thin half-moon openings, reduces drying out, breaking up and flaking.

Kalamazoo’s Gaucho burner makes starting a cooking fire easier. Just pile wood or charcoal onto the fuel grates, light the burner and come back as the fire is roaring. There’s no longer a need to use kindling, chimney starters.

The grill’s Deep Hopper funnel under the fuel grates and burner eliminates the need to shovel ash out of a traditional fire pan. As wood or charcoal burns, its debris falls through the grates, past the burner, down the funnel and into a sturdy clean-out bin.

“It’s almost as if we can’t help ourselves. We see a perfectly good grill style and we are compelled to make changes to it,” said Russ Faulk, vice president of design for Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet. “It’s just in our DNA to question everything and then make something that works better than the original design. We think we accomplished that with the Gaucho Grill.”

Hand built at the time of order in Kalamazoo, Mich. the Gaucho Grill is available in two freestanding models and a built-in version. Pricing ranges from $17,495 to $21,195. The grill is available through, select dealerships and certified design professionals.

Argentinian- or Santa Maria-style grilling is a traditional and pure way to cook outdoors. It regulates temperatures by raising or lowering a cooking surface over the flames of wood or charcoal fires.

EDITOR’S NOTE: To learn more about the Gaucho Grill, request high resolution photographs or an interview with Russ Faulk, vice president of design, about pizza ovens or outdoor kitchen trends, contact Chris Mordi at 312.423.8714 – office, 815.701.2823 – mobile, or


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