Boys and their Toys: The Bar-B-Chef Texas Charcoal Grill and P.
I asked SO to write this post a few weeks ago, but he’s been too busy playing with his new grill. You see, I got him The Bar-B-Chef Texas Charcoal Grill for our anniversary.
Needless to say, all subsequent anniversary gifts I give him will probably be a disappointment...
First thing, as with every good toy, we also got all sorts of accessories. So we picked up a HUGE Webber Chimney Starter, a set of BBQ tools (OXO is was the brand of choice), a remote probe thermometer (SO was afraid our regular probe was burn out on such a hot grill), a set of neoprene lined oven mits and gloves (From BB&B), a hand broom (To clean the grill meticulously after each use) and most importantly a whole bunch of lump charcoal (We like B&Bs) and a shovel for said charcoal.
Once we got all ‘outfitted’, it was time to season. Our neighbors (We live in 2 4-plex units with a shared court yard) must have thought we were crazy because when we finally took out big monster (Some had curiously peeked into our garage as SO was building it), our first meal seemed to consist of a tub of crisco...
And so with a GOOD season, we finally were set to start our BBQ parties... first up, the peace offering. We held a cook out for all the neighbors to officially introduce ourselves and feed them before we started to have other people over and then get an angry call from our landlord about big fires and loud parties.
And first we started with lots of grilled veggies and caramelized onions on a cast iron pan.
As you can see from the picture, the BBQ got SO hot at first it actually got the Cast Iron pan and grates WHITE hot... Here’s a close-up of the onions in the pan... these were the BEST...
And a close up of the peppers (The Jalapenos were MONSTERS in size, but sadly not as spicy as I’d hoped) and the amount of coals that we had under them...
And our main course were sausages from Bob’s Market in Santa Monica (We actually got in trouble with the sausage maker because we bought so much without calling him first. :P). Pictured here are Bratwursts and Chicken Apple Sausages.
And as I posted before, I made Ice Cream Sandwiches for Dessert.
We set a table up with Potato Salad, Green Salad, Guacamole and Taqueria Chips. We prepared Penzey’s Green Goddess Dressing, but kept most condiments very approachable and ‘brand name’ for our timid neighbors and I rang the dinner bell...
Our cookout started at around 1pm... we were still cooking up sausages till about 10pm... needless to say the cookout and our big boy was a hit and the chances of the neighbors ever calling the cops on us were now SLIM... :)
And so, with the offering complete, we started to invite friends. The first group featured a real deal BBQ master who was ready to test out how HOT our big boy could get... he decided to make pizzas on the grill...
First, he brought several balls of VERY wet dough... He filled up the bbq with FRESH coals and slapped a thinly pulled piece of dough on it and he waited all of three seconds before he proclaimed it not hot enough...
He said, within SECONDS, the dough should cook and bubble. He added more coal. A few minutes later, he tried again... still no good... FINALLY after a bit more coal in the chamber... he slapped another one down quickly... and the bubbling began almost instantly...
He flipped over the dough and we saw the beautiful sight of charring... And right there on the grill he added a delicate topping of grilled Choritzo, and Heirloom tomatoes.
We made several other pizzas back to back with all manner of toppings, Buffalo Mozz, Mushrooms, Roasted Peppers, Churico, Sundried Tomatoes, Bruchetta... They were all the best home made pizzas I’ve ever had...
And finally, a food porn shot (I’m finally getting used to my camera... sorta) for dessert after all these pizzas, we had grilled Peaches with a bit of crème friache and a drizzle of honey and a twig of Thyme...
And so if you are in the neighborhood on a weekend, feel free to stop by... all you gotta do is look for the courtyard with a happy Irishman and his big grill...
We're pushing the Food Porn envelope here, kids...and frankly I think those peaches pushed it a tad over the limit, but I ain't complaining.
I guess grills is just bustin' out all over - I recently got a pretty swell gas one; though I'd like another good charcoal grill like the kettle I left in Tennessee, I'm having a good bit of fun with this one. Looks like you guys are doing likewise; nice pics, too!
Yeah, this post was going to be dedicated to you Adam... :) Believe me, we've been using that baby even beyond what I've mentioned. We've fallen in love with Santa Maria Tri Tip as well... it's just PERFECT for it because it gets SO hot that it sears BEAUTIFULLY and then on the side without coals it just comes to temp wonderfully so we get the ULTIMATE medium rare roast... Sadly I haven't taken any pictures of that since I get too excitied about eatting it! :)
feel blessed you live in an area where tri tip is readily available.
how are the cast iron grates holding up, in terms of seasoning, maintenance, etc?
You're not kidding "Food Porn." I may have to go see what my wife is doing!!!
All that said, sounds like a great day. I love it when you just get to cookin' and don't stop. Bit of this. Bit of that. Eat, eat, eat. Ain't nothin' better.
BTW Dommy, the tri tip was my great discovery of the summer. Possibly the best piece of cow to be had.