The Ascua Parilla from Black Box BBQ is a seriously beautiful and versatile grill. Taking the traditional parilla style grill from Argentina and taking it to a new level with simple but elegant features that make cooking on it a dream.[Read more…]
Around this time of year, I get asked the question a lot about what grill should someone buy. It’s such a massive question as what’s right for one isn’t right for another, then there is space, budget, family size and so many other factors to be considered. But the first starting point for most seems to be gas or charcoal.[Read more…]
Some brands of BBQ manufacturers produce a product and then stick to the ‘If it aint broke, don’t try to fix it’ school of thought. Well that’s all well and good but more recent times in the BBQ world have meant that some of these long standing and well-established manufacturers are being left behind. The market for outdoor cooking is ever growing, and more and more people are looking to get involved, and are now armed with more knowledge than ever of cooking styles and types of BBQ and grilling, thanks to social media, BBQ blogs and YouTube videos. As that’s where more forward-thinking brands like ProQ have stepped up to the challenge.[Read more…]
The Masterbuilt Gravity Smoker 560 is a new grill to the market, and I was fortunate to get a pre-release model to test out, and come up with some recipes for. It’s a really interesting and well thought out grill.[Read more…]
Weber Summit Charcoal
I was very fortunate to have been sent a Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center by the kind folks at Weber and Riverside Garden Centre to review and get to grips with. It’s a beast of a kettle BBQ but with the insulation of a ceramic kamado style, sitting beautifully between the two. Still relatively lightweight that it can be moved around on the cart with ease, and yet sturdy enough to make you realise this is definitely a premium grill.
Cooking direct and Indirect (using the substantial baffle) and swapping between the two is very easy, lighting made simple with the gas starter canister under the coals, you really feel like there is nothing that you can’t cook with ease on this grill. The best thing of all is the level of control that can be achieved by using the air inlet, because it doesn’t have the thermal mass of a ceramic grill, it’s quick and responsive to ramp the heat up or cut it back.
I’ve really been able to achieve some great results with this grill. Here’s a video of my first impressions of the weber summit charcoal.
The stainless steel twin walled Kamander is a Kamado BBQ style grill and smoker that allows you to sear or smoke slowly, it’s a sturdy bit of kit that is well constructed. Here’s a first look at the Kamander and it’s features.
Quinta Kamado Classic
I’ve been using this classic sized Quinta over the summer and have been really impressed with it, it’s an absolute bargain price wise for someone looking to buy a Kamado, but not quite being able to afford the more expensive brands. For value for money terms the Quinta gives a lot of bang for it’s buck. Which is what I found with the Quinta Small that I had tested previously. [Read more…]
Grillstream Gourmet Grill
I was very fortunate to spend a day at Grillstream HQ in Hertfordshire, and was able to cook on the Grillstream Gourmet Grill, I’ve cooked on a fair few gas grills with variable results, and the biggest issue I usually have with them, especially the cheaper models is the heat is uneven and the fats often flare up when they hit the hot surfaces same as the spreader bars above the burners. [Read more…]
Quinta Kamado Review
As the BBQ scene grows in the UK plenty of new brands are appearing, some from large faceless companies, others from smaller BBQ enthusiasts who are passionate about launching their brand. Quinta Kamado is defintely the latter, and is BBQ fanatic James Mitchell’s entry into the ceramic kamado market. [Read more…]
BBQ’ers tend to fall into two groups, those who like to fiddle with vents and temperatures/timings, and those who like to set their BBQ up nice and simple and leave it running doing “it’s own thing”. [Read more…]