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Super Smoker: Napoleon Apollo AS300K

I really am not a fan of charcoal for the sole reason that gas is just an easier way to go. The idea that I’d have to deal with starting up the charcoal and then cleaning up the ash after is just exhausting even to think about. But I have to say that using the Napoleon Apollo AS300K for the first time (and a few times after that – sorry this post came late) has really opened up my mind about the authenticity of flavour that comes with smoking with charcoal and woodchips/chunks/logs.

My first attempt of smoking up a Hickory Chicken went a little something like this:

I started the charcoal up using a charcoal starter, some old newspaper and some fire starters you can pick up from the super market. Just fill up the charcoal starter with a mix of fire starters and charcoal (I use coconut charcoal as the flavour is a bit more neutral, and they are natural and long-lasting – you can get this from Cold Storage). Crush up some old newspaper and stuff them at the bottom of the charcoal starter. Using a kitchen lighter, set the newspaper on fire and place either on the grill of the Apollo (or if you have a gas BBQ, you can use this to light up the charcoal too!) and put the lid over it as you wait. This should take about 20-25 minutes.

Once this is done, you can pour the charcoal into the charcoal basket, and add your woodchips/chunks/logs. I use a mix of Hickory woodchips and chunks which I had soaked in water an hour prior to adding them to the fire.

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Napoleon Apollo AS300K in Action!

I had already marinated the a whole chicken in barbecue sauce and salt. I didn’t do anything to the chicken other than clean it out, but on my second attempt, I butterflied the chicken and it cooked a lot better all through the chicken.

Before closing the hood, I attached the Napoleon Accu-Probe Bluetooth Thermometer probes to the chicken. I LOVE this device, which will be available in Singapore around August 2018, because it has up to 4 probes (though the set only comes with 2 probes, and you’ll have to get the others separately) which means you can check the temperatures of 4 different items in the smoker.

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ACCU-PROBE™ BLUETOOTH® THERMOMETER

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Napoleon Accu-Probe App on my iPhone

The Accu-probe thermometer links up with this Napoleon app which you can download for free, and the app has settings that will tell you when your chicken (or whatever meat you wish to select) is at the ideal-readiness temperature. It also tells you what temperature each probe is at, and there is also a few timers you can set the app to.

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Nice and Smokey Hickory-Smoker Chicken

I was able to go back inside the house and avoid the heat and smoke in the garden because of the Accu-Probe thermometer, and it let me know when the chicken had reach the ideal temperature for doneness. Really convenient!

The hickory chicken was incredibly smokey, so juicy and tender! The flavour is very much more intense than using a grilling plank or a smoker box in a gas BBQ, so the effort I put in in starting the charcoal was very worthwhile. Once you get over the charcoal lighting part, it really is quite easy to use because you don’t have to stand around all day (but basting it once in a while doesn’t hurt).

There’s a lot more to explore with the Napoleon AS300K because it actually has 2 chambers, hanging hooks, and a water basin, which means you can do anything from pekking duck, wet smoking, dry smoking, hot and cold smoking, and even just regular grilling if you want!

You can get the Napoleon Apollo Smoker AS300K from Liberty Patio for $599 (and $60 for the BBQ cover).

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THE BBQ SALE IS BACK!

Hunting for a new BBQ but not willing to dish out loads of cash? Consider going for a BBQ warehouse sale! Never been to one before? Here’s what you can expect:

  1. BBQ Display Units with Slashed Prices
    If you’ve been eying some current season BBQs in the stores, but are on a tight budget, why not get a display unit? Yes, display units come with some scratches and imperfections, but none of them have ever been used before AND they still retain their original warranty. In fact, most of the time, BBQs start to look old after the first time you use them, so it might just be worth it to trade some scratches for saving a few hundred bucks.
  2. Last Piece and Past Season BBQ Models Going for Low $$$
    Look out for past season models at warehouse sales because honestly, the BBQ industry isn’t like really like fashion where people buy what’s trending Grill functions and designs don’t really stray too far from season to season, so getting an past season model is just as good as a new model featured in the stores right now.
  3. Tons of Grill Accessories to Choose From!
    Besides the BBQ grills, accessories also go on sale, and if you’ve been following BBQ Lovers, you’ll know that there are lots of fun accessories you can get to complement your grilling sessions! From Napoleon to Liberty to Tramontina to Axtschlag, you could pick up some pretty awesome grilling “toys” from this sale!

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    From grilling tools and cleaning products, wood smoking accessories to cutlery, you’ll be able to find it at this awesome BBQ sale!

So what are you waiting for? The sale starts tomorrow and ends on Sunday! Go early for a wider selection of grills, before the best deals get nabbed up! Details below:

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5 reasons to LOVE the Rogue

Napoleon’s latest Rogue gas BBQ grill series might just be the most perfect one yet for the Singaporean BBQ lover. The grills (R425, R425SB & R425SIB) have many amazing features, but let me give you my top 5 faves!

 

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From left to right: R425S, R425SB, R425SIB

 

  1. Quality, Quality, Quality!
    These BBQs are made of such quality materials – across the board, all Rogues have a die-cast aluminum firebox. Why does this matter? Die-cast aluminum is much stronger than welded steel, which means that the areas holding up the burners won’t give way easily.

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    Check out the die-cast aluminum fire box!

    The highest-end of all these models is the R425SIB (which is still made in Canada – many BBQ companies have shifted their production to China, including Weber’s Spirit and Genesis line) and is made mostly out of 304 and 430 stainless steel which fares very well in our weather. Even the grills are made of stainless steel (the other 2 have cast iron grills).

    Now let’s talk heat – you’re looking at about 3.5kw per main burner and 2.6kw for sear zone – this is pretty good when you compare it to a Weber Spirit S320, which is 3.1kw per main burner and 2.1kw  for the sear zone – albeit that the sear zone for the Rogue is a 2-in-1 with its side burner.

  2. Size Does Matter
    I know, I know – size is a problem especially when all you have is a balcony to work with. I love that all the Rogue series BBQs come with 2 foldable side tables, which comes in very handy when you want to pack it away to a corner.IMG_5320
  3. Extra on the Side
    While the R425 doesn’t come with the side burner (as some of you won’t use this feature), the R425sb and R425SIB both come with side burners, and what’s even more awesome is the R425SIB comes with an infrared side burner that doubles up as a sear zone – it’s cool because BBQs with this feature don’t usually come with a foldable side table and are almost always large.What’s even more awesome is the R425SIB comes with an infrared side burner that doubles up as a sear zone – it’s cool because BBQs with this feature don’t usually come with a foldable side table and are almost always large.
  4. Gas What?
    We can’t change that the LPG tanks sizes in Singapore are huge, but we can change the size of the cabinets that house the tanks. Here’s looking at a 12.7kg LPG tank INSIDE the cabinet of the Rogue. I know, satisfying isn’t it?
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  5. Absolutely CHAR-ming!
    Lastly, if you miss the taste of charcoal, you can still have it whenever you want. The Rogue comes with the option of the Charcoal Smoker Tray, which converts your Rogue into a charcoal BBQ. It’s so simple, all you do is fill the tray with charcoal, close the hood and light it up through the burners. Wait about 15-20 mins, switch the gas fire off, and you’ll have a charcoal BBQ going – easy peasy!
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You can get the Napoleon Rogue Series from Liberty Patio, prices starting from $1498. Price includes delivery, assembly, gas hose and regulator, rain cover and motorized rotisserie kit.

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Fun with the Kamado Grill

Hi All! Sorry for the incredibly long wait between posts!

Don’t worry! We haven’t been doing nothing in this absence. We’ve been playing around with the Liberty Kokomo (for those of you who need a quick catch up, this is our very own Kamado-style grill) and figuring out the best way to bring out those juices!

Here’s one recommendation of roast beef from my dad and I. Enjoy!

KOKOMO ROAST BEEF 

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Roast meat USDA Prime grade, ribeye cut and weighed 3 kgs before roasting.Image
2-hand full charcoal used after 2.5hrs of roasting.
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We used a meat thermometer to check the wellness of meat.
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Meat after roasting and it must be rested for at least 30 minutes before slicing.Image
Meat is medium rare at 135 degrees F at centre.

The Liberty Kokomo is available from Liberty Patio. It’s also available in the Liberty Kokomo Mini.

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