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Beer, Can?

The weekend was quite exciting for me as I finally made time to do something I’ve always wanted to try – ROASTING A BEER CAN CHICKEN ($24)!

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I started out by making a marinade with Soy Sauce, Minced Garlic and Melted Butter. Just mix it all together (blend it in a blender is best because the mince garlic can be a bit chunky for the marinade injector)! Once that’s done, I had to set up the beer can chicken roaster.

The Napoleon Beer Can Chicken Roaster comes in 2 parts – the pan on the bottom and the metal legs that holds the chicken up. Insert the ends of the metal legs into the holes of the pan such that the legs are standing up. Then, grab a can of beer (or soda) and empty out half the can. Squeeze this can into the middle of the pan and beneath the metal legs. After which, you can place the butt of the chicken over the standing legs and can. If you like, you can even put half an onion inside the chicken before you do this for some extra flavor.

I used the Napoleon basting brush ($14) to cover all of the chicken (don’t forget to get into all the nooks and crannies) with the marinade. After which, I inserted the marinade injector ($19.90) into a few different meaty areas of the Chicken.

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Leave the chicken to soak up the marinade for a bit and use this time to light up the grill. I put the grill (Napoleon Lex485RSIB) at medium heat on 2 of the burners and I used my Napoleon Heat Resistant Gloves ($75) to place the chicken and roaster between them. It’s such good protection that I wasn’t afraid to get anywhere near the fire!

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I closed the hood and left it there for about 25-30 minutes, opening it up every 7 minutes to check on the chicken and to baste it with the marinade so it keeps moist and tasty. I also used a smoker cup ($45) with beer flavoured wood chips ($20) from Axtschlag to give it a smoky flavor.

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When the chicken was done, I took it off the grill and used the Napoleon Digital Thermometer ($29.90) to make sure (it’s done when the internal temperature is at 165 Degrees Fahrenheit or 75 Degress Celcius). It was so tender and juicy because of the marinade that had been injected into it, and the skin was crispy all over because it was exposed to the flames all around. Overall, it was a very delicious chicken and I would do it again!

To purchase any of these products, check out libertypatio.com or visit Butcher’s Dog (Great World City), Zac Butchery (Chun Tin or Figaro St) or Decofix (Serene Centre).

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Got Wood? BBQ Smoker chips, wood planks, sawdust and more!

Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of enquiries about where to find smoker wood chips in Singapore. Most people either don’t know where to find them or if they know where to look, it’s just too unaffordable.

I’ve found the easiest and most affordable place to get my BBQ wood products is from Liberty Patio, because it also has the widest range I’ve seen so far.

You can get everything from Wood Chips to wood planks, grilling papers to herb boxes.

You’ll be able to find more famous BBQ brands such as Char-broil and Napoleon that charge about $14 per bag of woodchips, to gourmet brands that specialise in smoking products like Axtschlag and Best of the West.

My personal favourite is the new brand on the market — Axtschlag. Hailing from Germany, Axtschlag offers one of the widest ranges of BBQ wood products I’ve seen.

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New to Singapore, Axtschlag has flavours like Hickory, Apple, Wine, Beer, Whiskey, Beech, Alder and Cherry.

I’m absolutely crazy about the artwork on the packaging that teaches me how to use the products. The sassy lady is such a fun addition to the whole BBQ scene!

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I love the sassy artwork on the Axtschlag packaging.

Axtschlag carries more unique flavours such as Walnut, Wine, Strong beer and Whiskey. These go for $20 per kilo.

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Axtschlag’s gourmet flavours include Wine, Walnut, and Beer. $20 a KG.

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Other Axtschlag products include sawdust and grilling planks.

Looking for Sawdust and Grilling planks? Sawdust costs $18 a bag, and grilling planks start from $28.

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My favourite products in the Axtschlag range – Herb boxes!

Herb boxes and their refills keep this brand interesting. You can get them for meat or fish. These 30cm boxes contain herb mixtures of boldo leaves, rosemary, sage, lavender, red chilli, curry leaves OR birch leaves, lemon balm, lemon, dill, carrots, corn flower. Just place the food you’d like to smoke on these boxes and watch as the flavours take over once the smoking begins.

These are $32 a box, and $15 for the herb refill.

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Lastly, Axtschlag also carries grilling papers for $18 a packet. Each packet contains 8 pieces of wood paper. Just tie the wood paper around the prepared food and put them on the grill to smoke. Cherry flavour is my favourite with thai prawn paste chicken wings.

Check out all these items on Liberty Patio.

Till my next post! Enjoy Smokin’ on your grills!

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Rina’s Super Secret Burger Patty Recipe

I find it quite odd that whenever I say “I’m having a BBQ at home”, it’s usually followed by “What’s the occasion?”

The occasion? Well, I have meat in my fridge. That’s really all the excuse I need!

I mean, it’s like every time I eat, it’s a celebration. My mouth celebrates! My tummy celebrates! Yay for food!

Anyway, here’s what I made for dinner over the weekend:

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It’s Cousin Rina’s Super Secret, Super Easy, Beef Burger Patties. (Other sides on the plate include: Garlic Lamb Chops, Chicken Di Van, Roasted Bacon & Potatoes. Mom had a hand in putting together the corn. Pfft. The garlic bread’s from Breadtalk) But we’re not here to talk about all the other stuff. I’m here to talk about my cousin Rina’s secret patty recipe!

As you can see, I’m using the Liberty Sizzle Top electric grill which you can get from Liberty Patio. It drizzled a bit, so I figured I’d just transfer all the meat indoors. Great as a backup BBQ! At this point in the picture, you’ll notice that the patties are frozen.

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We like to freeze the patties because they stay in tact on the grill. When you make a fresh batch, they usually crumble easily.

Some might argue that you lose the moisture of the meat when you freeze it and then cook it immediately. But here’s where the secret ingredient comes in!

It’s…..

ONION SOUP MIX!

That’s right. I think for some reason, the soup mix soaks up the moisture as the burger defrosts on the grill, so it kinda locks in the juices.

I like using Lipton’s Onion Soup and Dip Mix, but I suppose you could use other mixes as well. It’s about one sachet for about 1.5kg of minced meat. Then I press them into patties, and put them in the freezer overnight or take them out whenever I feel like grilling a patty. When the patty’s cooked, you’ll find that it still keeps its perfect round shape, and it’s nicely seasoned and has onions too.

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You can see that it doesn’t lose much moisture (wetness on grill is cooking oil).

So there you have it, the secret burger patty recipe! Try it and let me know what you think!

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Smokin’ Hot!

For Mothers’ Day weekend, I decided to experiment with our new wood chip smoker box.

I tried a spicy pork rib recipe from a Southern cookbook called “Adam’s Ribs”. It’s a dish that takes up to 5 hours to cook.

Despite having owned a barbecue for years, I’ve never actually tried to smoke anything before.

Some things to note from this little experiment:

1. Soak the wood chips in water before putting them into the smoker box. This will help to keep them moist and last longer.

2. I actually turned on 2 burners at first (as the recipe instructed), but the heat proved to be too close to the meats. Some of the meat closer to the burners started to get black really fast. So I turned off the 2nd burner and it was much better.

3. As you can see from the images below, I’ve actually put the ribs on the unlit side. I put the smoker box on the lit side.

4. It’s good to preheat your grill like an oven as it takes a while to heat up. The general idea is to get about 175 degrees Celsius.

5. Baste the ribs every hour for about 2 – 3 hours. On the last hour, baste every 10 minutes.

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Your thoughts: Would you get a smoker? If so, what flavours of wood chips would you like to try?

Wood Chips and Smoker Boxes are available from Liberty Patio.

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