Crank It Up Grills

Santa Maria Grill Argentine by Crank it up grills

Craig Duncan- Founder of Crank It Up Grills

I always wanted to be a welder. When I was twelve years old my grandpa moved onto our ranch in Santé Ynez, CA.  He was a welder and my best friend.  I couldn’t wait to get home from school to work with him.  He taught me the basics and I loved everything about it.  

In 1976 I was a freshman in high school and took an AGG mechanics class. Our first project was making a Santa Maria grill with a 55-gallon barrel.  We made a frame and the barrel bolted on, so it could be replaced.  A cool idea for a low budget project. 

At 18 I was a certified structural welder.  I worked from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles in oilfield construction, pipeline, heavy equipment repair, pipe fence, built barns/cattle facilities…. 

I dabbled in everything. In my spare time I was always fabricating Santa Maria style grills for family & friends. I love making grills-it never gets old. I love the creative process and the feedback I get about how much they enjoyed cooking on something I made for them.  

We moved to Missouri in 2016 and I went to work as Quality Control Inspector at a fab shop. My job is to check all steps of fabrication for other welder’s work. I’ve learned a lot but I miss the hands on of welding.  So, every day I can’t wait to get home and work in my shop building Santa Maria Grills.  I was amazed at how many people here have never heard of that style of grill. 

I put a grill I’d made up for sale on Facebook marketplace, met the guys from BBQ Brands and here we are.  It’s been a fun collaboration process.  Their knowledge and love of grilling mixed with my skills…we’ve come up with a grill design that I’m very proud of.   

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Our custom Santa Maria Argentine grills start at $4,500. Complete the form below if you’d like us to build one for you.

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Santa Maria Grills

We invite you to take your grill game to the next level with Crank It Up Grills Live Fire grills.

Live Fire Grills

The term Crank it up was inspired by utilizing the crank on our LiveFire crank system by raising and lowering our cooking surface allowing the pit-master to functionally cook low and slow or hot and fast on their choice of wood splits ranging from Hickory, Oak and sweet woods.

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Looking for a custom Crank It Up Grills or an argentine?

Crank It Up Grills is excited to introduce our Midwest take on live fire cooking and providing a cooking experience like no other. The term Crank it up was inspired by utilizing the crank on our LiveFire crank system by raising and lowering our cooking surface allowing the pit-master to functionally cook low and slow or hot and fast on their choice of wood splits ranging from Hickory, Oak and sweet woods. We invite you to take your grill game to the next level with Crank It Up Grills Live Fire grills.

Contact us to have a custom Santa Maria Grill built if you don’t want our production LiveFire units. We’ll provide you a quote to have one built. Our lead time on customs is 6-8 weeks.