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RENO TALK: BUILT-IN BBQS

It’s been a while since I did my last post, but life has been pretty hectic around the office, and in general. I’m at the age where literally everyone in my close circle of friends is getting married (I’ve been to 4 weddings in the past couple of months!). There’s also been a lot of buzz from them about getting new homes to move into… which brings me to my latest question – how does one incorporate a BBQ into your new home seamlessly?

I have a lot of customers who request for built-in BBQs, and these are usually people who live in houses. We have these Napoleon and Masport BBQs built into some landed houses:

But just the other day, I went to a customer’s apartment to give a little demo on the Canadian-made Napoleon Prestige BIPRO500, only to be pleasantly surprised. Here’s a picture of what it looked like, and let me explain why I was both surprised and impressed:

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What the owner of the apartment did was to completely demolish the existing indoor kitchen of his home, and move it to his balcony because his balcony area was really windy and spacious, and wholly utilizes the balcony space which many people overlook. It was such a brilliant idea, I wish I had thought of it myself.

So what you’re looking at is an outdoor kitchen area fully equipped with a Napoleon built-in gas grill, electric stove, electric teppanyaki and gas stoves, and of course, sinks. The owner also used a very unique countertop material which I had not seen before in any other project. Most projects use granite, marble, ceramic tiles, or straight-up boring old concrete. But he used a heat-resistant synthetic material which replicates a vintage/rusted out look, which is very unique and trendy.

(Not in the picture is the fridge and extra counter space on the left.)

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The owner of the apartment had enough space to include an extra alfresco seating area in the balcony, and another dining area inside if it gets too warm in the balcony.

Of course, if you do have an outdoor kitchen in your backyard, you can draw inspiration from these other projects that use outdoor electric stoves, BBQs, and ovens (apologies as these were taken on rainy days).

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German brand Ascobloc and Belgian brand Indu Plus supply teppanyakis, grills, cooking hobs and ovens for indoor and outdoor use. This means they can be used in a dry kitchen, or even left outside in the rain or shine (provided the countertops are built according to requirements). Their products are made in their respective countries, ensuring the highest quality of materials and technology.

If you’re thinking about designing a counter with outdoor gas or electrical equipment, Proline offers a free consultation session with your contractor or architect, or if you don’t have either, they usually have a contractor that they work with that can help you design the outdoor kitchen you’ve always wanted.

 

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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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