Archive for January, 2012
Style and Taste with a Build-in Charcoal BBQ Oven
Many South Africans prefer the comfort of home when entertaining family and friends. For these South Africans the braai is still one of the chosen ways to ensure that everyone enjoys a delicious meal and a day filled with fun and laughter. For many the installation of a build-in charcoal BBQ oven is the best way to get the most out of every opportunity for entertaining.
The build-in charcoal BBQ oven is available in a number of different styles and sizes to suit the requirements of each individual family and the space that they call home. The smaller sizes of build-in charcoal braais are suitable for installation on even a smaller patio, such as those found in townhouses. The larger sizes which have multiple cooking surfaces and other attachments are more suitable for larger homes.
Whatever your requirements as far as a build-in charcoal BBQ oven is, concerned reputable manufacturers will usually have a solution to your requirements. One of the best ways to choose which unit will suit you is to make use of the Internet.
Many of South Africa’s more reputable braai manufacturers have websites with all the information that you require in order to make an informed choice about which build-in charcoal BBQ oven would best suit your needs. A good starting point would be the Cadac website as this features pictures of the various products. As a bonus, this site also features recipes for you to try.
A build-in charcoal BBQ oven will usually have two or more height adjustable cooking grids which will make it a breeze to prepare two different types of food at the same time. If some of your party would prefer something from the ocean and others would prefer the traditional meat based braai then the heights of either of the grids can be adjusted to ensure that both parts of the meal reach the table at the same time.
In order to make the BBQ experience that much easier and less messy your build-in charcoal oven should also have removable charcoal bowls. This makes the preparation of the bed of coals much easier and will take much of the hassle out of the cleanup that should take place after each braai.
Always make an effort to empty and clean the charcoal bowls after the braai as this will make the next opportunity for entertaining that much less stressful. Although your build-in charcoal BBQ oven will usually be sheltered from the elements moisture will almost inevitably get into the bowl if used charcoal and ash are not cleaned out. This makes the cleaning process both messy and unpleasant.
In order to ensure that the build-in charcoal oven that you are purchasing will remain in tip top condition even though it is situated outside make sure that the body of the charcoal oven is coated to resist the effects of moisture and the periodic heating and cooling cycle. Those models that are porcelain coated on all sides offer the best value for money and the assurance that your built-in braai will be in pristine condition each time you entertain.
When you purchase your build-in charcoal BBQ oven ensure that other components such as the charcoal bowl are also coated. This makes cleaning easier and will also make these components more resistant to the effects of the detergents used in the washing of the bowls.
If you plan on purchasing a build-in charcoal BBQ oven always be on the lookout for models that feature a built in warmer tray. This is especially useful if you are going to be entertaining large groups as it allows vegetables and meat to remain warm while you put the finishing touches to the rest of the meal.
There have been many innovations that have transformed the task of outdoor cooking; however none has had so many far reaching consequences as the entry of gas braais with a BBQ gas burner as the source of heat used for cooking various types of foodstuffs.
There are many varieties of gas braais and each of these has a BBQ gas burner that enables the cook to select the heat setting required with a great degree of accuracy. Many of the larger models of BBQ gas appliances have multiple burners that can each be set individually so that it is now possible to cook a variety of different types of food at the same time even when they require different heat settings. This degree of control means that all the food gets to the table at the same time, contributing to the enjoyment of the meal.
The outdoor BBQ sets that have a burner which controls each of the many surfaces in the unit are especially useful for those people who wish to entertain large amounts of people or who entertain close family and friends that have special dietary requirements.
The individual gas burners can be used to prepare different foods, each separate from the other, so if you have a vegetarian coming for dinner you can easily prepare the food for the person without it being contaminated by meat or seafood.
The availability of a separate gas burner for each of the cooking processes also allows the chef to prepare many different foods that can make up a sumptuous meal, for instance breakfast. All the items required for a full breakfast can be individually prepared even though they need different cooking methods. For instance many of the gas BBQs are equipped with a flat griddle that is ideal for cooking fried eggs, or preparing piping hot pancakes. The ability to cook all these different parts of the meal can transform the breakfast experience.
A BBQ gas burner equipped gas braai is also usually equipped with a hinged lid which can make the cooking process almost ‘hands free’. Once the meat or other raw ingredients have been prepared with the appropriate spices and herbs or a marinade the food can be place on the cooking surface and the lid closed. Once the lid has been closed the BBQ gas oven then acts as a convection oven, circulating the heat evenly for a delicious end result.
A BBQ gas burner will also allow the cook to prepare different foods that require various temperatures due to the fact that some models are equipped with a set of grills that are set at different heights. These grill surfaces are hinged so that the food can easily be placed on each of levels. These raw ingredients will then receive greater or lesser amounts of heat during the cooking process so that meals consisting of chicken, seafood and meat will be possible, with each of the components of the meal being ready at the same time.
There are two types of outdoor cooking enthusiasts in South Africa. The first is the braai master who swears by the natural aroma and cooking possibilities offered by the traditional charcoal or wood fired braai. The second group is made up of people who want their entertainment opportunities to include food that is prepared easily, with a minimum of mess but still able to deliver that authentic outdoor braai taste that so many South Africans have grown up with. The latter have turned to a patio gas BBQ to fulfil their outdoor cooking requirements.
A portable outdoor gas BBQ, or braai if you prefer, is one of the easiest ways to enjoy the fresh air and still be able to produce scrumptious meals. What’s more is that these patio braais are extremely easy to operate and can be used by even the novice chef. A simple twist of the burner control mechanism is all that is required to start the cooking process.
The advantage of the patio gas BBQ as opposed to the traditional charcoal fired BBQ is that the temperature can be set at exactly the level required to cook a variety of foods to perfection. This control means that there is no more guesswork involved in achieving that perfect cooking temperature. It also features multiple burners which can be set independently so that a variety of different foods that require different temperature settings can be cooked at the same time.
One of the other advantages of having a patio gas BBQ is that the units are easily moved from one area to another. This also allows you to keep up with the suns movements as you are preparing the food and will ensure that you continue to enjoy the sunshine no matter when you decide to start the cooking process.
Enjoying Outside Braais
The weather in South Africademands that anyone getting ready to entertain friends and family consider hosting a braai. Outside braais have been a focal point of entertaining inSouth Africa for generations and are today made even easier due to the large choice that the entertainer has when choosing which braai is right for their needs.
Today those wishing to enjoy the ambiance of outside braais can make use of either a charcoal braai or one that is powered by gas. Each of these outside braais has both their fans and their detractors.
Many people prefer the ‘traditional’ charcoal braai as they maintain that the authentic braai taste can only be accomplished by either a wood or charcoal powered braai. Others, however, prefer the convenience and temperature control that comes part and parcel with owning a gas braai.
For those who prefer the cooking process to be as hassle free as possible there are variants of both the traditional charcoal outside braais and gas braais that reduce the amount of time that needs to be spent turning and preparing the meat while it is on the fire. A patio gas BBQ and a kettle BBQ both come standard with lids that can be lowered during the cooking process. This allows air to circulate around the food being prepared and reduces the amount of fine tuning that is usually required by the chef in order to produce a sumptuous meal.
Fire up Your Braai Experience with the Right Charcoal Kettle Accessories
If you are one of the many people who have swapped that old charcoal braai for the charcoal kettle version, then you’ll want to further enhance your cooking experience with the help of some quality accessories. The varieties are many and they have been carefully designed to enhance the cooking experience by making it both easier and less time consuming.
By purchasing a charcoal kettle braai you will have already taken your first step towards hassle-free braaing. Plus, with the latest accessories you’re going to be able to produce meals that are fit for all, from a prince to a pauper.
There are many different types of charcoal kettle accessories, some of which makes it possible to cook foods on the kettle braai that wasn’t possible only a few years ago. One such is the pizza stone, which will bring a taste ofItalyto the kettle braai experience. By placing the pizza stone over the charcoal that has achieved the perfect heat, mouth-watering pizza creations are as simple as choosing your favourite ingredients.
Other accessories for use with a charcoal kettle include the ever popular heat resistant gloves as well as various types of forks and tongs. When purchasing these it is best to select products that are manufactured from stainless steel as they will last for years given that they are correctly cared for.
A stainless steel cooking grid is perfect for getting the most out of your charcoal kettle; this accessory is usually supplied with the kettle when purchased. Over the years the heat produced during the cooking process and the rapid heating and cooling cycle will cause damage to even the most robust cooking grid, fortunately replacement grids are produced by the kettle braai manufacturers and these can usually be purchased from the same outlet where you purchased the charcoal kettle.
On order to ensure that your cooking grid gives many years of pleasure always ensure that it is properly cleaned after the cooking has been completed. A mild household detergent is perfect for this job. For more stubborn particulate matter a wire brush, such as a grill scrubber can be used to ensure that the grid is both attractive and hygienic to use.
A High Quality BBQ Grill
The charcoal kettle can be fitted with a variety of accessories including a high quality BBQ grill. These useful accessories are supplied with two halves that are held together by a hinge, allowing the grill to be opened for the insertion of food. Foods such as boerewors or fish are popular choices when using the BBQ grill. Once the grill has been secured it can be repeatedly turned to ensure the even cooking of both sides of the food, without any danger of the meat or fish being prepared falling onto the coals.
As is the case with cooking grids, stainless steel charcoal kettle accessories like the BBQ grill should be cleaned once the cooking process has been completed in order to ensure that it remains in good condition.
If you live in South Africaor are visiting the country for any length of time, chances are that you’re going to be enjoying a braai at some point or another. Many of the occasions, where a braai is the choice for food preparation, will see a top quality stainless steel braai wheeled out; much to the delight of both the cook and those who will be enjoying the meal.
If you’re in the market for a stainless steel braai, take note that there are a number of buying guidelines that should be followed to ensure that the stainless steel braai will give you years of faithful service. When you’re looking at different makes and models, always ensure that the unit you are considering to purchase is manufactured by a company that has a reputation for top quality of their braais. Where possible, stick to brands such as Cadac who have built a reputation for the supply of a wide variety of different types of braais and accessories.
When considering a purchase, look closely at the stainless steel braai and the various components that are used at the joints of the wheels and the braai body. These should be manufactured from stainless steel as well. Many varieties of braais have aluminium components which are not as strong as stainless steel and also not as weather resistant.
Make sure that the entire braai (with the exception of the wheels) is manufactured using stainless steel. This material can resist corrosion and with proper care will give many years of service. Stainless steel construction is especially important when purchasing a braai for use on the coast as salt air can corrode even the most well manufactured braai in a very short time.
To ensure that your braai remains in good condition it should be stored somewhere cool and dry when it is not in use. A stainless steel braai that is in use at a coastal home should not be left outdoors when not in use, but should rather be brought inside and taken out when needed. To ensure that corrosion damage is kept to a minimum, many people who live on the coast apply a coating of oil based lubricant (available as a spray-on application) to the surface of the stainless steel braai. If you choose to do this, avoid the cooking surface as the application of industrial grade oil can affect the taste of food prepared on the braai.
For many people in South Africathe great outdoors is the first choice for a day out with family and friends. Any outdoor excursion, or even an opportunity for entertaining in the back garden, is the ideal time to enjoy the benefits of a charcoal braai. But first, let us discuss a few things about the South African braai and why it is that South Africans have been enjoying the unique taste of food prepared on a charcoal braai for generations.
Firstly, the preparation for the braaing process is extremely easy and will only take the cook and his or her helpers a couple of minutes. This process has become even easier in the past few years due to the fact that there is now a wider variety of choice of different charcoal briquettes and natural charcoal on the South African market. Each of the charcoal varieties has different burning times and the natural varieties lend the food a unique taste which many people enjoy.
Enjoying the benefits of a charcoal braai inSouth Africais today even easier than it has been in the past due to the many different types of firelighters on the market. There are both solid and liquid firelighters available, which makes the preparation for the braai almost hassle free.
The Charcoal Braaier and His Braai
One of the most important considerations when preparing to purchase a charcoal braai is to ensure that it is manufactured to the highest standards. This will allow the purchaser to be assured that they will be able to enjoy the benefits of this unique cooking method for many years.
The stainless steel charcoal braai, for instance, is well known, well liked and comes in numerous shapes and sizes. Stainless steel is highly weather resistant and with proper care a stainless steel charcoal braai will last many years. When purchasing a stainless steel charcoal braai always make sure that it has been produced by a manufacturer with a reputation for quality products, such as Cadac.
In order to fully enjoy the benefits of a charcoal braai, check to ensure that the model that you will be purchasing suits your individual lifestyle. There are a variety of different sizes and configurations of the charcoal braai and each is suited to the entertaining style and needs of individual households. Make sure that the braai has sufficient space to cook for large groups of people if you entertain regularly. If you are going to be moving the braai from place to place, for instance from the grass to the patio, always make sure that the model that you are purchasing is equipped with wheels which will make moving the unit that much easier.