Video: Barbecue Reviews

Barbecue Reviews

Model: Weber One-Touch Silver Kettle BBQ
Price
: $349
Product website
Rating: 4/5
You can’t go past Weber for that classic charcoal flavour. Messy and smokey compared to a gas grill, but boy is it worth it!

Model: Masport 503
Price: $1,799
Product website
Rating: 3/5
A modern, brand new design with many features. LED torch and fitted with a condiment rack makes this barbecue functional and yet very stylish.

Model: Electrolux Fuego Compact
Price: $2,499
Product website
Rating: 3/5
The Fuego has a unique mix of elegant design and compact footprint. Probably ideal for an apartment balcony or similar tight spaces.

Model: BBQ Branding Iron
Price
: $29.95
Product website
Rating: 2/5
A fun gift idea, but a bit fiddly to use.

BBQ Reviews from TVNZ Breakfast

Weber BBQThis morning I reviewed barbecues. I normally do technology, but I seem to be straying from the one true geek path lately. First sewing machines, and now barbecues. Next time it might be spanners or something equally un-tech.

The video link is here, and the items reviewed were:

Model: Weber One-Touch Silver Kettle BBQ
Price
: $349
Product website
Rating: 4/5
You can’t go past Weber for that classic charcoal flavour. Messy and smokey compared to a gas grill, but boy is it worth it!

Model: Masport 503
Price: $1,799
Product website
Rating: 3/5
A modern, brand new design with many features. LED torch and fitted with a condiment rack makes this barbecue functional and yet very stylish.

Model: Electrolux Fuego Compact
Price: $2,499
Product website
Rating: 3/5
The Fuego has a unique mix of elegant design and compact footprint. Probably ideal for an apartment balcony or similar tight spaces.

Model: BBQ Branding Iron
Price
: $29.95
Product website
Rating: 2/5
A fun gift idea, but a bit fiddly to use.

Giveaway: Wireless Barbecue Thermometer

Thanks for your entries. This contest is now closed

Being the altruistic man that I am, I have decided to run the first ever ben.geek.nz giveaway!

You might recall my glowing praise for the wireless barbecue thermometer on my previous post, or even during my TVNZ Breakfast segment. If you want to win one of these, allowing you to strut proudly around the house with the receiver on your geekbelt, then just do the following:

  • Send a single email to contests@ben.geek.nz with the subject line “Wireless BBQ Thermometer”. Multiple emails will be ignored.
  • In the email, answer this question: “The wireless barbecue thermometer allows you to select from multiple types of meat. Name one of these types of meat.”

Of course you’ll find the answer in my previous post or the product page.

Entries close 5pm NZDT on Sunday 12th October 2008.

Springtime Barbecue Gadgets

When I opened my barbecue for the first time this spring, it was pretty horrific. The mold had apparently become sentient, and they were pretty upset with the state of affairs. I believe there was lobbying going on and talk of some form of pollution ordinance. Not being one to take the simple option, I immediately went in search of some form of technology to cure my barbecue ills.

grillcleaner_200_200

The motorized BBQ grill cleaner looks fairly impressive, and it sure has a good heft to it when stocked with all 8 AA batteries. My impression, however, is that it is aimed at your more casual barbecue user (barbecueista?), because it just doesn?t seem to have the grunt to cut through the advanced civilization residing on my grill. Don?t take this the wrong way, but it?s kinda like using a Prius with a snowplow attached to move a mountain. There?s nothing wrong with the Prius, per se, but you?re doin’ it wrong.

Like a Prius, the grill cleaner has a headlight. I?m sure you?ll find this useful while sipping your white wine and cleaning your $3,000 barbecue grill in the dark. I?ll be powering up the industrial water blaster.

bbqcliplight_140_140 While you?re ferreting around in the dark, it might pay to grab hold of these illuminated tongs, or perhaps clip this BBQ clip light to the side of the grill.

I prefer the clip light. The tongs are a cool idea, but think about it: if you?ve grabbed a monster sausage (fnar fnar), your tong-light will be eclipsed. The clip light, on the other hand, illuminates the entire grill, allowing for unlimited monster sausage handling.

grillthermometer_200_200 So now you have a clean barbecue, and you can see what you are doing. It?s time to heat things up a bit. But how much is ?a bit?? Enter the electronic BBQ fork and the completely awesome remote BBQ grill thermometer. Just look at that thing. Doesn?t it make you want to go barbecue just to play with it? Both of these temperature sensing gadgets have convenient ?meat? and ?taste? settings, allowing for combinations like ?rare beef? and ?well-done pork?. Thankfully they are intelligent enough to not offer the unappetizing ?rare chicken? option.

The wireless thermometer works as advertised, allowing you to hook the receiver to your belt while you rove around and socialize, wondering why the chicks are avoiding you. It beeps when your meat is ready.

I?m so disappointed that I?ve already used my quota of innuendo in this post.

Update: you can watch me talk about these on my first ever live TV appearance this morning. Go here, and click on the “Gadgets for the barbecue” link under “Related Video”. Also, stay tuned for a new post in which I will be giving away the coolest of the bunch: the remote thermometer.