Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Perfect Kind of Small: Liberty Chef S3 BBQ Grill

I’m also on the look out for the perfect BBQ grill for the Singapore market. That is, something small enough to fit a balcony or small garden, but has all the nifty features of a larger BBQ. Most importantly, something that doesn’t break the bank.

This weekend, I think I may have just found it.

Liberty Chef S3

Presenting The Liberty Chef S3

I’m talking about the Liberty Chef S3 gas barbecue.

The Chef S3 is a three burner gas grill that comes with a stainless steel hood with rollback glass window. It’s also comes with a stainless steel warming rack and heavy duty motorised rotisserie unit. And I’m talkin’ REAL heavy duty. The rotisserie spike is practically a rod! It’s also got two foldable side tables with hooks to boot.

Liberty Chef S3

It’s really compact – 2 foldable side tables

Liberty Chef S3

Hook for your 12.7kg LPG tank

 

I love that it’s got a hook on the side for those who would like to use the larger 12.7kg LPG tanks. You can hang it on the side for more mobility. Otherwise, the small 4.5kg tanks fit perfectly on the trolley beneath. What’s more is that this barbecue uses the more traditional lava / ceramic rocks tray for those of you who prefer a more aromatic BBQ session.

My main concern at first was that this barbecue uses 3 vitreous enamel grill plates instead of cast iron (which I prefer). However, for an additional $86, you can get a large single grill plate from Liberty Patio that you can replace all 3 grills with. You just have to rotate the grill and it covers most of the original cooking area. For those who want a hot plate, the Chef S3 has optional hot plates you can purchase separately at $60 each.

Liberty Chef S3

3 Vitreous Enamel Grill Plates

Liberty Chef S3

Replace the vitreous enamel grill plates with a cast iron one for $86

Over all, I am very pleased with the size, price and features of the Liberty Chef S3. At $799, it comes with all the features of it’s larger counterparts, and has a smooth, clean finish to it. It also comes with a free rain cover, gas regulator and hose, and includes delivery and assembly.

The Liberty Chef S3 is available from Liberty Patio.

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Burn, Baby, Burn!

photo 1Finally convinced the parental units to get a new BBQ! My folks are pretty conservative, and since our Masport was still working, they didn’t want to trade it for a new one. In the end, I pulled the “but it’s my birthday and you love me” card, and they eventually caved to the Napoleon Lex485RBSIB.

I was really excited to test out the infrared side burner because I hadn’t used one as a main grilling burner before. They usually come as rear burners.

What exactly is an infrared burner? Well, let’s put it this way. A regular stainless steel or cast iron burner has two rows of holes on each side where the flames come out from. The infrared burner on the other hand has about a thousand little holes (or ports) where lots of tiny little flames appear. Just like the glowy bits on lit-charcoal (That’s why they call charcoal barbecues the original infrared grills).

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What was it like to use? The flames burnt blue when I first started the side burner. And even at the lowest heat, it was still very hot. I tested grilling some steaks on it and they were practically engulfed in flames. I’d never seen it like that before on a regular burner. It’s probably why you can also use this side burner as a regular stove too.

 

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At first, I left the steaks on for too long, because I didn’t realise how hot it was. So, we have here a well-done.

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I did better the second time round though. Managed to get a medium steak.

The Verdict: I was really surprised by the extra charred flavour produced by the infrared burner. Even more so than a what you’d get on a regular burner. For those of you who love the smoky, charred taste, the infrared burner will be able to help you achieve that. Also, I love that it comes as a side burner, so when I’m cooking for myself or for two, I don’t have to bother cleaning out the entire main grill. After I turned off the grill, the fire was actually still going. I actually had to blow it out!

The Napoleon Lex485RSIB is available from libertypatio.com @ $2889. A similar but slightly cheaper model with the infrared side burner would be the Napoleon LE3 @ $2,568.

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