Salt Block Cooking

Anyone have any experience with this? I just purchased a 8" x 12" block with metal holder for $5 on Offerup (it came up during a search for something unrelated, oddly.) The guy said he got it as a gift, and never used it. Now I just have to figure out what to do with it.

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I received that identical salt block for Christmas last year and still haven't used it.  I was thinking about it last week and found some videos on youtube from some of the BBQ guys I follow.  Take a look there.  I do know that you're supposed to heat it slowly to prevent it from cracking, so patience is required.

hopefully no one takes offense, but salt block cooking has got to be one of the silliest cooking gimmicks ever.

You can't control the amount of salt that goes on the food, you have to waste alot of time and energy heating up that block, you dont really get a decent sear, and potentially all those juices just become super salty and may oversalt the food you were trying to warm up on the block.

But! since you paid 5$ for it!

g-man posted:

hopefully no one takes offense, but salt block cooking has got to be one of the silliest cooking gimmicks ever.

You can't control the amount of salt that goes on the food, you have to waste alot of time and energy heating up that block, you dont really get a decent sear, and potentially all those juices just become super salty and may oversalt the food you were trying to warm up on the block.

But! since you paid 5$ for it!

Yeah, it isn't like I just bought a $200 Sous vide, and then decided I didn't like it. If nothing else, I could probably find a way to grind it and just use it as salt. 

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