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25 reviews | 4.4 out of 5
I bought this to convert my Smokey joe into a smoker. It fits perfectly, this is the one to buy!
The wife has been making gourmet homemade tamales the last month or so. Until now she had to either cook them in the over using the broiler tray with water to steam them or cook them in small batches in an electric steamer. The wet towel covering the tamales in the oven caught fire twice and really heated up the house, and the electric streamer was way too slow.
I went to WalMart and bought this steamer. First off - it is HUGE. So, you better have a place to store it. Second, unless you are making a ton of tamales or have need to steam a large whole lobster, you can probably do with the smaller size.
We put about 60 tamales in our pot and had room for about a dozen more.
We used it on a gas stove and it worked great. took about 90 minutes to steam all the tamales. No need to refill the water and no fire worries.
The only down side I see is this is not a heavy duty pot. It will dent and if you're going to use it alot, I'd recommend buying a heavier more expensive one. For us though, we will only use it maybe 5 times a year so the price and quality fit our needs.
You'll also have to hand wash this baby as it is not going to fit in the dishwasher.
It will stain upon its first use, but I really didn't expect it to look new for long.
I have had this steamer for a little over two years I only use it to steam tamales it is pretty big in size which is great. The only not so good thing about it is that the steel inside of it has been discoloring since the first time I used it so it doesnt look very pretty...but other than that its great.
I wanted a steamer that was big enough to hold crabs and crab legs, but small enough that I could cook it on my stove. This steamer is perfect. It is larger than my other pots, so I have to store it in the basement, but I'm glad I didn't get the smaller sizes because I can cook more seafood at one time with this one.
This is an awesome steamer pot for the money -- a great buy. It is just nice to have a very large pot for cooking big quantities.
Great value...cooks tamales perfectly. Pot is a little thin of metal, just don't miss treat it or drop it and it should give you many many years of cooking yummy food.
The bottom of this (Chinese, not Columbian) steamer pot fits nicely into the Weber Smokey Joe kettle and is pretty stable on the cooking grate groove. It does NOT, however, fit into its own lid like the more expensive Visconia pot (Google "Building a Mini Weber Smokey Mountain in Texas"). But I used the lid anyway. It's about 1/4" larger in diameter than the kettle so I turned it upside down and formed a 1/8" lip all around; it now fits snugly ON TOP OF the SJ kettle. Then I cut holes in the pot and lid and riveted them together like the guy in Texas. The rim of the pot is slightly too large for the Weber lid; it works as is but I may bend the rim in slightly (about 1/16") so the lid fits correctly.
Note: photo is from bbq-brethren.com.
It is huge and gets the job done but it changes colors after its first use.
This pot is exactly what I was looking for!
Not only will I use it for tamales, but also for large quantities of food for canning and pressure cooking.
The day I ordered it, I sent the link to a few friends.
I look forward to using it!
just the right size, can use on propane burner or stove, good for many things
I used this pot to create a smoker out of a Weber Smokey Joe. The pot fits perfectly.
The Pot was a good value, however was dented in several places. If shipped better would be fine. Also wish it could have been shipped site to store.
Its a tamale pot..lol
I bought the steamer to steam blue crabs. Haven't used it yet but I am happy with the size. And the price was good.
going to buy a second one works great steaming tamales !!!!!
This item was a gift.
I like it
It was larger than I expected
good for many things. Got mine for steaming Oysters
Helps families provide a meal for a large group of people.