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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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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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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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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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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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CHURRASCO!!! Brazilian Barbecue!

Last Saturday, my friends from my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu club came over to celebrate our coach’s birthday. Lots of us were dieting to make our weight class for our tournament in January, but… when somebody says CHURASSCO… well, you just can’t say no to a good Brazilian barbecue.

This is the first time I’ve had Brazilian grill at home. If I ever have a craving for Brazilian, I usually head over to Brazil Churrasco at Sixth Avenue. It’s been there since before I can remember!

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The Napoleon Lex485 being put to the ultimate test…. Churrasco!!

Anyway, Coach pre-smoked these coarse salts at home and brought a large container of them over. He refuses to give me the recipe so I will have to use the power of Google to find a recipe that will have similar results.

It was really interesting watching him at the grill (I say watch because I was forced to stay away from the grill. Geez, what a control freak!!!) Basically, he gets these really fat slabs of steak and the fat side faces up. So while the beef is on the grill, the fat goes into the steak from the top.

He seasons the steak with just the smoked salts by having them scattered on each slab. Whenever he turns them over, the salts would fall into the firebox, causing the flames to go really big! At one point, the firebox actually caught fire because there was just too much salt dropping in! We had to switch the grill off and put out the fire with a pitcher of water. You could say that the PSI was on the high side that evening!

Overall, the Churrasco was a success and everybody loved the meat. The steaks and lamb racks were literally swooped up within seconds of being taken off the grill. It was a good thing we opted to use the gas grill too because with 40 of us to feed, we would have ended the BBQ session past 1am if we had to use a charcoal BBQ.

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Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, black belt in Brazilian BBQ!

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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.

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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"

Temperature gauge on lid

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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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Burn, Baby, Burn!

photo 1Finally convinced the parental units to get a new BBQ! My folks are pretty conservative, and since our Masport was still working, they didn’t want to trade it for a new one. In the end, I pulled the “but it’s my birthday and you love me” card, and they eventually caved to the Napoleon Lex485RBSIB.

I was really excited to test out the infrared side burner because I hadn’t used one as a main grilling burner before. They usually come as rear burners.

What exactly is an infrared burner? Well, let’s put it this way. A regular stainless steel or cast iron burner has two rows of holes on each side where the flames come out from. The infrared burner on the other hand has about a thousand little holes (or ports) where lots of tiny little flames appear. Just like the glowy bits on lit-charcoal (That’s why they call charcoal barbecues the original infrared grills).

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What was it like to use? The flames burnt blue when I first started the side burner. And even at the lowest heat, it was still very hot. I tested grilling some steaks on it and they were practically engulfed in flames. I’d never seen it like that before on a regular burner. It’s probably why you can also use this side burner as a regular stove too.

 

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At first, I left the steaks on for too long, because I didn’t realise how hot it was. So, we have here a well-done.

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I did better the second time round though. Managed to get a medium steak.

The Verdict: I was really surprised by the extra charred flavour produced by the infrared burner. Even more so than a what you’d get on a regular burner. For those of you who love the smoky, charred taste, the infrared burner will be able to help you achieve that. Also, I love that it comes as a side burner, so when I’m cooking for myself or for two, I don’t have to bother cleaning out the entire main grill. After I turned off the grill, the fire was actually still going. I actually had to blow it out!

The Napoleon Lex485RSIB is available from libertypatio.com @ $2889. A similar but slightly cheaper model with the infrared side burner would be the Napoleon LE3 @ $2,568.

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