Year: 2014

Christmas Present: GMG Davy Crockett Grill/Smoker

To give an idea of size, that is a 2.7kg turkey crown. Had I wished to, I could have fitted two of them in at the same time.

In November, my Traeger Lil Tex died, failing to work at all. After experimenting with various theories, I came to the conclusion that it was the original Traeger controller that was broken. Unfortunately, replacements suitable for my old 240V model are as rare as hen’s teeth.

Sous Vide Eggs

For my tea tonight: 2 sous vide eggs, on lightly seasoned fried egg noodles.

Codlo is here

My Codlo device arrived on Wednesday. This is a gadget that turns a rice cooker or slow cooker into a Sous Vide bath. The Codlo plugs into the wall, and the cooker is plugged into the Codlo. Setting the cooker to its “High” setting means that it is always on, and so the cooking is controlled by the Codlo turning the power on and off.

Ribs

I used to say that I couldn’t be bothered with ribs, stupid fiddly bits of bone with not enough meat on them. Then I was introduced to the beef short-rib; first in Barbecoa, in London, and later in my own home.

3 in 1 Slow Cooker

About a year ago, I upgraded my single-person slow cooker to a 6.5L beastie. I’ve never regretted it, and have been getting good use out of it. Rather than have my little slow cooker on the go almost every day through winter, I can do a big stew, and then refrigerate or freeze portions, for reheating later. Plus, it makes easy work of turning a chicken carcass to stock.

Butcher Recommendations

Over on the British BBQ Society Forums, they have been compiling a list of BBQ-friendly butchers; which has since been converted into a Google Maps listing.

Economy or Marketing?

Most of the supermarkets have an economy brand. For Tesco, it’s “Everyday Value”; for ASDA, “Smart Price”; for Sainsbury, it’s their “Basics” range.

Pellet Costs

The grill that I use mainly is a Traeger Lil Tex Pellet Grill. It uses wood pellets as both a fuel and smoke source. The pellets are similar to those used for biofuel boilers, but need to be made from clean wood, with no bark or sweepings, and manufactured using food-grade (i.e. vegetable) lubricants, not mineral oil.

Tesco Online

I live 10 minutes walk from a Tescos, so why would I order online from them?