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A “Prestigious” Grill Weekend!

The first Napoleon Grill I ever used was the Napoleon Lex485RSIB. Now, this grill, while not top of the line, was already an impressive grill. There have always been a lot of “Oooh”s and “Ahh”s when it came to entertaining guests. The Lex served me well over the years of weekend BBQs, impromptu steak nights, experimental wood smoking challenges and even just cooking up a simple meal for myself. But it has come time for me to say goodbye (not because there’s anything wrong with my dear Lex, but because, well, I’m just a girl who really wanted something shiny and new *giggles*).

So which grill did I end up getting?

None other than the top of the line from Napoleon – the Prestige Pro 500RSIB. Yes, when I say top of the line, I mean it. Made in Canada, the 500RSIB is the smallest of Napoleon’s high-end Prestige Pro range.

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My new baby – the Napoleon Prestige Pro 500 RSIB!

Ok, so fine, it’s a pretty-looking thing. But what’s so good about it, you ask?

Let’s start with how amazing the fire power is on this grilling machine. The new Prestige Pro has a whopping 80,000 BTU’s of power (that’s 48,000 on the main burners, 14,000 and 18,000 on the side and rear infrared burners). Our steaks were getting done so fast on the main grill, it was unbelievable, I didn’t even need the side infrared burner to sear the steaks!

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Check out those perfect grill lines, thanks to the Napoleon Wave Grills!

The other thing I love about this grill is that it’s basically 70-80% made out of 304 stainless steel (which means easy to clean and less susceptible to rust marks than 430 stainless steel). It’s also got incredibly thick and sturdy stainless steel grills and sear plates, making it long-lasting and easy to clean. The firebox is made of die-cast aluminum so you won’t find that the burners will get detached easily from parts on the inside of the BBQ that may break away over time, and the knobs on the control panel also light up (in beautiful blue!).  Overall, I have to say that I love this grill because of how well made it is, its sleek look, and quality of fire control which enables me to cook the perfect steak!

On a side note, for those of you wondering what ever happened to my Lex grill, I gave it to my boyfriend (see evidence below that it is gone to a loving home).

Want to get yourself some Napoleon grills and accessories? Visit Liberty Patio, or order them in person from Decofix (Serene Centre), all Parisilk Stores, D’galleria stores, and Handy House (117 Upp East Coast Rd).

For Tramontina accessories, visit Zac Butchery and The Butcher’s Dog (Great World City). Also, enter “WEBSPECIAL10” to get a 10% discount on top of already discounted Tramontina products on sale at libertypatio.com! – offer ends 30 September 2017!

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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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Bargain Buys: BBQ Warehouse Sale

What better way to celebrate National Day than to chill at home with the fam (and friends too!) and catch the parade!

Liberty Patio X Proline’s bi-annual BBQ warehouse sale is back this weekend – just in time for us to get a grill for the holiday. As usual, the sale will feature past season barbecues, sample barbecues, display units and those with cosmetic defects, as well as bbq accessories. All BBQs are new and never been used. Details on the sale are in the flyer at the bottom of this post.

Here are some examples of what you’ll find at the sale, but be quick, as the popular models will be the first to go:

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Napoleon Triumph T325 Display Unit U.P.$1391 Sale Price: $974 (with cover and rotisserie)

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Napoleon LE3 Display Unit U.P.$2568 Sale Price:$2055 (with cover and rotisserie)

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Masport Lifestyle 3H Display Unit: $1230.50 Sale price: $985 (with cover)

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Liberty Chef S3 Display Unit: U.P. $799 Sale Price: $599.25

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Grills, Gas & Regulators: 101

I did a post about getting gas for your BBQ a while back (I mean, years back!) – so if any of you are looking for the 411 on gas tanks and canisters in Singapore, this would be the most updated info you can get.

WHICH WORKS WITH WHAT?
BRAND: Can I use any gas regulator for any brand of gas tank? The answer is no. Some gas tanks work with different gas regulators, while others do not. Always check with the company that supplied the gas regulator to you (whether it’s the BBQ company or the gas supplier) which brand of gas tank will be suitable for the regulator you’re using. Even if the regulator fits the tank, it doesn’t mean it will work.

TANK SIZE: Larger grills need different sized gas tanks from smaller grills – yes, this means different gas regulators too. For example, any BBQ with 4 burners or less would need a regulator for a 12.7kg gas tank, whereas any BBQ with more than 4 burners would need a regulator for a 11.3kg gas tank (I know, it is weird that the larger BBQ needs a smaller gas tank). This information is specific to Esso and Mobil LPG tanks.

HOW SMALL CAN I GO?
It’s really hard to get a small gas tank in Singapore – but for those of you who are looking – you can actually still find the 4.5kg ones here, but they are very pricey and you have to get a special regulator from the gas supplier too. Users only want the 4.5kg tank because they can store it in their BBQ cabinets, but really, it’s not practical or worth the buck because it runs out so fast and it’s about 2.5 times the price of a large tank. Furthermore, it’s not compatible with larger grills because there’s just not enough pressure in the tank to keep a large BBQ running.

Some BBQs like the TravelQ TQ285X and the TQ285 table top grill, have the option of regulators that work with camping gas. No, camping gas is not the same as the gas you use for steamboats. These run out really fast, but they’re bought more for the convenience of being able to take them around – especially if you intend to go camping somewhere or have a small picnic in the great outdoors.

If a large gas tank stored outside your BBQ cabinet really irks you because it’s too ugly, perhaps consider an LPG tank cover that comes in different colours.

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“Tacky no more!” Exclaimed the LPG tank.

CAN I GET PIPED IN?
TOWN GAS: If you’re looking to connect your BBQ to town gas (or piped gas), it’s definitely possible. You will have to check with your BBQ supplier if they are able to do this for you. Do not do it yourself, as you risk forfeiting the grill warranty.

SAFETY FIRST!
My gas supplier offered me an adjustable regulator – should I use it?
I wouldn’t recommend using it because if the pressure has been adjusted incorrectly, you could be looking at a flaming disaster as sometimes too much gas is released (believe me, hand-to-heart, this has happened!). Instead, check with the BBQ supplier for their recommendation first.

Here are some tips from Union Energy on how to store your LPG tank safely.

 

 

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Straight Off The Rotisserie

Previously, I discussed grilling picanha (Brazilian beef rump cap) directly on the grill. Over the weekend, I decided to do something a bit more special and use the rotisserie to see how different the meat would turn out.

Here I have half a slab of picanha (they are normally no more than 1.5kg, so this is about 700gms). The pinkish epidermis of the meat can get quite tough, so I suggest removing it before sticking the rotisserie spike in.

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As with all churrasco, get ready some coarse salt. I’m using a coarse salt herb blend here. Roll the meat up and stick the rotisserie spike through. I’m using the rotisserie spikes here because my rotisserie spike is a bit thin, so the meat needs a little help staying in place. Ideally, you don’t want to have to poke more holes in the meat or squeeze it in any way to avoid the juices flowing out.

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Here’s a short video of how I salted the meat while on the rotisserie. I like it really salty, but it’s not for everyone, so just put a light coat of salt if you’re not too sure. You can just do it while it’s rotating. After salting it, close the hood to keep the heat in – we’re doing this at medium to high heat – around 350 degrees celsius. Check on it every now and again to make sure it doesn’t over cook.

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The flames get pretty big as the salt falls from the meat into the fire below while rotating.

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I remove the picanha a few times during the grilling process to slice off the meat on the outside, the way they would do it at a Brazilian BBQ place. What you’ll find is that you can keep having that beef “bark” on the outside every time you put the meat back on the rotisserie to cook, while the inside remains tender and juicy.

You can get a rotisserie for your BBQ from Liberty Patio.

 

 

 

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BURNING PAPER

As I’ve probably mentioned in one of my earlier posts, I love German brand Axtschlag because of it’s wide selection of artisanal smoking wood and quirky packaging. Most brands offer the basic woodchip varieties – Hickory, cherry, apple and the like. But Axtschlag range extends to more unusual flavours like Plum, Wine, Beer, Walnut, Beech – just to name a few. What’s even more interesting are the kinds of wood products they offer like grilling papers, wood chunks, herb boxes and grilling planks.

Here’s a fun little thing I tried over the weekend – Axtschlag Barbecue Grilling Papers.

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What exactly are Grilling Papers? They’re basically thin pieces of wood that you can wrap your food around and smoke.

Here, you can see that I’ve stretched out some chicken wings and wrapped them neatly in the grilling paper. It’s pretty simple to use.

First, you soak the paper in water for about 30 minutes. While waiting, marinate the wings. I used a little salt and honey. Once the grill papers have softened up enough, you can wrap them around the meat and tie it up with the string provided (you will need scissors for this).

Next, place the food on the grill. On a 3 burner BBQ with 6 wings, I turned on 2 burners at medium heat. These are thin so they catch fire very easily – you’ll have to watch them closely and swap them around the less hot areas of the BBQ to prevent them from getting burnt.IMG_9363

Don’t worry too much about the strings burning off, as the wood will stay in place.

The end result will be something like this:

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As with most smoking, you’ll get a very juicy and tender inside and a lovely flavour of wood infused into the meat. These cook pretty fast, so the flavour of the wood isn’t too intense. Overall, I think my favourite smoking method is still using the grilling planks – it’s a lot easier to handle and the size of the meat that you’re smoking doesn’t matter.

Axtschlag grilling papers are available from Liberty Patio at $18 for a pack of 8 sheet. Available in Cherry, Alder and Western Red Cedar.

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HICKORY & CEDAR: A BOLD BLEND

 

I’ve been grilling every single day now – it’s not just the BBQ parties I’ve been throwing – I mean, I’ve been coming home and turning the grill on like it’s instinctive or embedded in my brain to do it. I like to call it the “December Feels” – where you just gotta party like a boss, every day until New Year’s.

Anyway, I know it’s already the 29th, but let’s backtrack a little to Christmas. I had a special request from my dad to smoke an entire chicken on the grill. I’ve never done a whole chicken before, but…

Challenge Accepted!

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I call this dish – The Bold Blend
In one of my earlier posts, I discussed the different types of smoking wood. Hickory is usually used for red meats, and Cedar usually for fish – but I decided to put them together to see what I could get.

Since Hickory is the stronger flavour, I used the Hickory in a smoker cup, and placed it away from the chicken, and placed the chicken between the 2 XL cedar planks, so the smoke from the planks would be more concentrated around the meat.

While smoking, the wood gave off such a strong scent. My cousins who had just walked into the garden commented that it smelled like Canada. I have to agree.

The outcome of this process gives you a distinct smokey flavour on the epidermis of the chicken, while the inside is absolutely tender and juicy. I only smoked this for about 50 minutes, but I reckon if you smoked it a bit longer than that with just a smoker cup, and basted it every hour, you could get a more thorough flavor throughout the chicken.

Here are the Ingredients you’ll need:

  1. 1 whole chicken (cleaned out inside)
  2. Butt Rub (I use Bad Byron’s, but you can find similar seasoning from the Butcher’s Dog. The base ingredients of this rub is onion, garlic, salt, pepper, paprika and chipotle)
  3. Coarse Sea Salt

Here are the smoking accessories you’ll need:

  1. 1 cup of Hickory Wood Chips (I used a full Axtschlag Smoker Cup)
  2. 1 Smoker Box (Or smoker cup / smoker tube)
  3. 2 x XL Axtschlag Western Red Cedar Grilling Planks

First things first. Soak the wood chips in water for an hour and place them in the smoker cup. I also soaked the 2 grilling planks for the same amount of time.

I used the latest smoker cup from German brand, Axtschlag. It’s wonderfully solid – 304 stainless steel and is made in Germany. Definitely NOT a buy and throw away kind of item.

After the wood has soaked, prop the chicken in between the 2 grilling planks and start rubbing the chicken all around with coarse sea salt and butt rub. Use enough to cover the whole chicken and leaving some on the grilling planks too.

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Place the smoker cup between the grill and the sear plate, on the far end of the fire box, and just above a burner. Place the grilling planks at first, closer to the middle of the cooking surface. Switch the burners on the side of the smoker cup on, as well as the middle burner (this is based on a 3 burner BBQ – here, I am using a Napoleon LEX485).

Once burners are on (medium to high heat), close the hood and allow the wood to start smoking. Turn the fire down to low-medium, and If the grilling planks catch fire and the fire is really big, shift them to the other side of the grill without the fire.

close the hood and wait for about 45 mins – 1 hour, checking on the meat once in a while, flipping it over at about 30 mins into the smoking process – cook until golden brown.

Enjoy!

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Cheap BBQ Grills? Yes, yes, yes!

It’s almost Christmas and if you haven’t found a gift for your friends, family, spouse (or as youngsters like myself call them these days – “bae”)  yet, perhaps consider getting them a BBQ or if they already have one, some BBQ accessories.

Liberty Patio X Proline is back with their bi-annual BBQ warehouse sale!

Get deals of up to 50% off on sample, past season and display models – AND accessories (especially wood products). These prices make getting a BBQ in singapore much more affordable – More details below:

Check out the sneak peeks here:
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Axtschlag Herb Boxes Fish/Meat –
Original Price: $32
Sale Price: $20
Axtschlag Herb Box Refills Fish/Meat –
Original Price: $28
Sale Price: $18

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Axtschlag Wine Woodchips:
Original Price: $20
Sale Price: $12
Axtschlag Hickory Sawdust:
Original Price: $18
Sale Price: $10

IMG_7981Axtschlag Grilling Planks XS, R, XL (Cherry/ Alder/ Cedar):
Original Price: $28 – $36
Sale Price: $18 – $24

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Original Price: $2.50
Sale Price: $1

IMG_7979Spatulas & Turners (Kitchen Aid/Rachel Ray)
Original Price: $12.99 – $17.99
Sale Price: $10 – 15

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Masport Vacationer (Sample Set)
Original Price: $1926
Sale Price: $1637.10

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Ultra Chef UC430 (Display Set)
Original Price: $1177
Sale Price: $823.90

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Liberty Spitfire Pro (Refurbished)
Original Price: $321
Sale Price: $160.50

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Masport Entertainer Pro (Past Season)
Original Price: $1248
Sale Price:  $624

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Masport Lifestyle 4H (Display)
Original Price: $1490
Sale Price: $968.50

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What…Using Charcoal in a Gas BBQ?

Labour day weekend came and went in a flash, as to be expected when spent with the best people in the world!

I threw a surprise BBQ party for my best friend’s birthday, and being my best friend, I really pulled out all the stops for this shindig. I used the super awesome 18 piece stainless steel BBQ tool set from Liberty (I call this the James Bond set because it comes in a very conspicuous carrying case LOL), I used wood planks, herb boxes, wood chips… and….and…

Yes. I went out of my comfort zone and did it. I used charcoal!!!
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But… I kind of cheated a little bit. Haha.

How, you ask?

With the help of my trusty charcoal smoker tray that fits nicely over the gas burners of my Napoleon LEX485RSIB.

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As a testament to how well insulated the LEX485RSIB is, charcoal smoker tray doesn’t really require much charcoal. Just 2 hands-full was able to last me about 3 hours of grilling (and it kept going even after I was done!). The flames were really big too, so we had to throw water over it a couple of times to keep it down. When we were done, there was barely any ash to be cleaned up after I was done too. How easy is that!

I placed Axtschlag hickory woodchips, which I has soaked in water for 30 minutes prior, in the triangular slot on the corner of the smoker tray. After which, I fired up 2 burners under the smoker tray and closed the hood of the LEX for about 15 minutes (or until the charcoal catches fire). Once lit, I turn the burners off and as far as the gas BBQ goes, I only used the infrared side burner to sear the steaks before transferring them to the main charcoal section. It’s really such a simple way to have get the charcoal going.

The Charcoal smoker tray only takes up half the BBQ space, which is perfect for me to utilize the other half for smoking with the Axtschlag Herb box and cherry wood planks because they can’t be directly over the fire in order for them to be slow cooked.

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Marinade-wise, the lamb and steaks I served that afternoon were lighted seasoned with pink Himalayan salts, with extra minced garlic for the Lamb. Salt is supposed to bring out the flavour in the food, and I find that my choice of salt does it very well. I also believe in investing in good quality meat – so we taste the natural flavours of the meat and its fat, rather than going overboard with the seasoning. Normally I like a good USDA Prime steak, but this time I used Australian King Island beef which was very well-received by my guests.

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Axtschlag Herb Boxes: $32

Axtschlag Grilling Planks: $32 (set of 3)

Axtschlag Wood Chips: $18 (1KG)

Liberty 18 pc BBQ tool set: $108

Napoleon Charcoal Smoker Tray: $110 (can be used with most Napoleon BBQs)

All available from libertypatio.com

 

 

 

 

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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.

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Comes with the classic Napoleon “wave” grills.

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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.

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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.

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UC500 has a slightly wider cooking surface than the UC430

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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.

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Liberty Spitfire Pro 22″ Charcoal BBQ

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Liberty Spitfire Pro 22"

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Liberty Spitfire Pro 22"

Cooking Grid lifter

Liberty Spitfire Pro 22"

Ash Catcher

Liberty Spitfire Pro 22"

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All barbecues are available online from Liberty Patio.

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