Monthly Archives: September 2014

New Grills this Season!

A couple of new barbecues just hit our shores and I’m going to tell you about them. Maybe you’ll find something quite suitable for your budget and lifestyle!

Firstly, I’m going to introduce the Ultra Chef line of grills by Canadian brand, Napoleon. They’re definitely cheaper than the existing lines from Napoleon here in Singapore, such as the Triumph, Lex and LE.

Napoleon Ultra Chef UC430

Full stainless steel UC430

What’s to love?

Price. The UC430 and UC500 are SGD1177 and SGD1498 respectively. The prices include GST, delivery & assembly costs, rain cover, gas regulator and hose, 1 year warranty (includes replacement parts, repairs, transport costs). Given that these are full stainless steel barbecues, this range is pretty affordable compared to similar models in the market.

The UC500 also comes with a motorised rotisserie kit. You can get an additional motorised rotisserie kit for the UC430 for an additional SGD120. Also available is the reversible hotplate for the UC500 – it also comes with the classic Napoleon “Wave” pattern.

UC430

Comes with the classic Napoleon “wave” grills.

UC side burner

UC side burner to complete that outdoor kitchen

Space. For those of you worried about not being about to fit the 12.7kg gas tanks in your BBQs, the UC line has a pretty tall cabinet so you can store your tanks inside.

Napoleon Ultra chef cabinet

Ample space in bottom cabinet to store your 12.7kg gas tank

Function. Both grills on the range come with side burners which turn your barbecue into an outdoor kitchen. Heat up sauces and grill at the same time without moving back and forth between your garden/balcony and kitchen. The UC500 also comes with a back burner and rotisserie.

Napoleon UC500 cooking area

UC500 has a slightly wider cooking surface than the UC430

Napoleon Ultra Chef UC500 hotplate

Optional Reversible Hotplate for the UC500

Napoleon Ultra Chef Back Burner

UC500 back burner

Moving on….

For the charcoal lovers, local brand Liberty Grills has a new addition to their barbecue family – the Liberty Spitfire Pro!

It’s really the new and improved successor to the original Spitfire 22″ kettle as they will be phasing it out soon (get ’em while in stock~ haha)

In terms of size, the two have the same cooking area, so no changes there. But the new Spitfire Pro does have a rounder, fuller fire bowl and lid combination compared to the first Spitfire which is definitely more aesthetically pleasing (especially with a smooth, glossy finish). It also stands on 3 thicker legs, as opposed to 4 thinner legs. Together with the slightly heavier fire bowl, the barbecue is much sturdier (no rocking about when you shake it) with a solid feel.

The new Liberty Spitfire Pro is available for $321 (price includes GST). They don’t come with rain covers, but those are easily attainable online or from some hardware/DIY stores like Handy House over at 120 Upper East Coast Road (next to Bodytec) or Decofix at Serene Centre. Those stores also sell other barbecue accessories too if you ever need charcoal or fire starters on the weekend.

Liberty Spitfire Pro 22"

Liberty Spitfire Pro 22″ Charcoal BBQ

Liberty Spitfire Pro 22"

Vent on Lid

Liberty Spitfire Pro 22"

Temperature gauge on lid

Liberty Spitfire Pro 22"

chrome-plate steel grills

Liberty Spitfire Pro 22"

Cooking Grid lifter

Liberty Spitfire Pro 22"

Ash Catcher

Liberty Spitfire Pro 22"

Ash Catcher

All barbecues are available online from Liberty Patio.

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BBQ Question Time!

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BBQ Grill Planks: We be PLANKING!!!

Lately, I’ve been experimenting with Grilling Planks on my BBQ because I was sent some samples from Axtschlag BBQ wood company in Germany and I must say, it’s been pretty fun!

Grill Planks come in different types of flavours – the flavours that I got were Red Cedar Wood and Cherry. But I only tried out the Red Cedar wood this time.

Here’s how I used it:

Step One: Soak the plank for about 30 minutes in water. Most instructions will tell you about 60 minutes, but I felt 30 minutes in our humidity was enough. You can also soak it in juice if you like.

Soak the plank for about 30 minutes.

Step Two: Marinate the chicken wings. I used a Thai Prawn paste marinade which I got from Golden Mile Complex at Beach Road because it’s one of my favourite seasonings.

Them Chicken Wings!

Step Three: Remove the plank from the water and place it on top of the fired up grill. Place the chicken wings directly on the grilling plank. Close hood and let wings smoke on top of the plank. Check in every 5 minutes to see how the chicken is cooking and flip it over after 10 minutes. It should take about 25 minutes for the chicken to be fully cooked.

You can reuse the planks too!

Results: Thai Western Barbecued Wings! These wings were smoked directly on the planks which I feel, definitely gives it an advantage of just using wood chips in a smoker box. Plus, it’s a lot faster in achieving that smokey BBQ effect. It’s so easy to use and the results are just fantastic. It’s especially wonderful because the juices really get locked into the meat because of the indirect cooking, while avoiding burning the marinade. I also tried this with steak – unfortunately, it didn’t taste as good as the wings I have to say. I think steak still tastes best with it’s own flavour.

Axtschlag isn’t available in Singapore yet (shame! they have quite an extensive variety of other BBQ wood products which I will be reviewing over the next few weeks), but it will be in about 2 months time.

In the meantime, you can get cedar wood planks by Fire & Flavor from Liberty Patio. Enter “BBQLOVE” at checkout to get 15% off this product!

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Barbecue Heaven!!

I’ve been away from the keyboard for a while, and with good reason. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been travelling around Europe, and part of that trip included visiting the a fair in Germany… and man, it was like I died and went to BBQ heaven!!

There were barbecues everywhere, of every kind! I was like a little kid running around in a candy store, going “ohhhh look at this! No wait, that one!! That is the coolest barbecue I’ve ever seen!”

Christmas came early at the Weber booth (you can even get BBQ toys for the lil’ ones!):

 

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Soccer Fever – Fooseball BBQ!
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Some sleek in-built modular designs from BBQ brand ONE:

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Beautiful designer electric grills:

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A Jack Daniel’s Kamado-style grill, made in the USA by Primo:

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German-brand Rosle was featuring their electric grill that runs on wood pellets:

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Taste-testing different BBQ sauces by Stubb’s:

 

 

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Off to the Napoleon Booth:

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Featuring reversible wok-style infrared side-burner on the Prestige Pro:

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The Latest Napoleon TravelQ with double U-burners:

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Love these heat resistant gloves – you can literally hold burning charcoal with these gloves!:

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New Products from Napoleon:

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Some Other nifty BBQs like the cooler fridge BBQ and the Giant Smoker Wagon!:

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To round things up – there were sooooo many BBQs and accessories at the fair and it got me really further fuelled (haha- yeah I know) my love for grilling! I wish I could bring in all these BBQs to Singapore to share the love. Unfortunately, space is so limited and you’ll only see a few of these new products in our little island in the near future. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on what’s hot over the next few months. In the meantime, do check out my posts over the next few weeks where I’ll be showing you how to use cedar planks and other woody BBQ accessories to complement your food. Till then!

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