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Tom, Dick & Harry Have Eggs, But Wolfgang’s Gotta KK!

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Good Easter Sunday grilling friends!

I’m hoping all of you are enjoying fire side chats and great food with those who matter most this Easter weekend. A few weeks back a former client of mine got in touch with me to say hello and get some kamado advice from me which has inspired this latest post. He originally purchased an XL Primo, www.primogrills.com from me and has LOVED his new grilling lifestyle ever since.

Sadly, he gave me the news that he had recently lost his Father and he was setting his sights on doing something special to remember him by. Then we got onto the subject of upgrading his current Primo cooker to the Holy Grail of all kamado cookers, the Komodo Kamado, www.komodokamado.com. He went on to explain that he and his Dad used to cook all the time together and he simply wanted to do something that would pay the ultimate respect to his Father but also remind him that his Dad was on the deck with him in a spiritual kinda way whenever he cooked going forward.

I thought, WOW! Not only was this a cool and beautiful thought and gesture in tribute to this guy’s Dad but quite possibly the pinnacle of all actions to take if your this passionate about outdoor grilling and doing something this special to remember a loved one by. We got into further discussion about strategy and the Komodo product itself for which I’m a huge fan of. He went on to explain that as much as he loved his Primo he felt the need and desire to climb Everest in this regard, ( figuratively speaking of coarse) and go even bigger!!!

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Well I said, as I took a deep breath, you need to explore the 32″ KK, a goliath of a cooker and dam well intimidating at first glance but the ultimate in build quality and engineering not to mention physical “grilling real estate” as I call it. What I’ve learned and been inspired by myself through the years with this particular product, (trendy category aside being driven by the likes of BGE), is that it’s so far ahead of everything else in category (including its price tag) that its actually mind boggling from an aesthetic perspective. From a functionality perspective, once again, it leaves one, at least me, positively gob smacked at the attention to microscopic detail that’s gone into the vessel.

It’s not so much that your food tastes that much better because it doesn’t. It certainly has proven to me however, over the years that as an exquisite Heirloom artefact, its perfect, and when fired, it comes to life and what better way to remember a deceased loved one by than with a device that literally breathes life into the food it cooks for you.

Komodo Kamado and its fearless owner Dennis Linkletter have set a precedent in my humble opinion with kamado production and if I were in the business of manufacturing a kamado today my first priority would be to certainly look to companies like KK to find ways and techniques to improve over all build quality.

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Looking at the entire kamado category optimistically and without sounding like a belligerent cynic, build quality has to get better especially considering the prices that the majority of the other brands/ cookers sell for today in contrast and I think they’ve certainly come a very long way especially in the last five years since the boom in the niche category happened.

The bar has already been set very high by the likes of Komodo and there’s much to learn and borrow from the brand to make a better product on all levels that in the words of the late Gerry Garcia are “built to last” and more importantly, after death do us part.

This is one grateful griller who feels privileged to be front row and centre surrounded by the action! I wish you all a fantastic rest of this beautiful looking weekend where ever you reside and until our next fire side kamado chat,

Feed your fires!

G

 

 

 

 

Fire Journey Haiku…..

Fire starts in the belly

Moving towards the soul soon

Embers burn bright until dust- remains

Exquisite KK “Isla” Could Be Yours In Ottawa, Canada!!!

Good Sunday morning grillers!

Well, its certainly not every day that I wake up and hear news that a most exotic and luxury oriented kamado styled cooker is up for sale and right here in my own back yard of Ottawa, Canada I might add, but that’s exactly what’s shaking on this fine morning.

Indeed, this 19.5″ beautiful outdoor grilling artifact is privately owned and has been cooked on four times. I personally know the cooker’s owner and the owner of the company I might add and I’ve had the pleasure of shooting an extensive few day’s of video which is in the final edit phase currently and the final cut will be released later this spring. For your viewing pleasure my grilling friends, here’s a teaser!

If you happen to have a desire and demand for all things high end and opulent and IF you happen to be designing that divine dream outdoor living space for you and yours this year then this just might be the cooker to take the over all aesthetic on your property up by 1000%! This coupled with the fact that the product produces succulent food every time you cook literally makes one feel like a king or queen in their own domain!

Over the years and since launching The Grateful Griller I’ve written many an article on my all out mind blowing fascination for Komodo Kamado products. People who know my blog and or who have experienced one of my parties know that when it comes to all things kamado oriented in Canada and beyond, this ain’t my first rodeo, if you know what I mean. You could say that I see myself as a “self confessed” industry expert on the subject matter of kamado and the Komodo product leaves me in ahh anytime I’m in its presence.

Indeed, the kamado cooker set me off on a personal expedition back in 2002 that I never would’ve or could’ve imagined being possible but here I am twelve years later and in many ways the journey only feels like its just beginning and its thanks to brands and products like the Komodo that I’ve learned as much as I have about the shear possibilities for the cooker & category!

This particular cooker comes complete with everything and anything you need in order to experience the height of luxury and the perfect match for it would be an individual or couple if not smaller family who like to entertain for smaller groups and or for themselves in their own private paradise.

The asking price of the vessel is $4500 all in, and delivery would be extra cost to the buyer for a safe and sound arrival. Here is a link to the Komodo Kamado site if you have never heard of the brand, https://www.komodokamado.com/ and enjoy your stay because there’s scad’s of incredibly detailed and useful information on their entire product line up and  a stunning gallery to help you become that much more familiar with their products.

For all serious inquiry’s and or offers please contact me directly and until we meet again, never stop feeding your fires friends!

G

 

 

Primal Kamado Ritual Haiku….

 

Fire dance starts on deck

Primal, ritual begins,

Ending at new dawn…..

Welcome To The O-Zone Baby, Primo Style!!!

Good Day grillers far & wide!

FINALLY, we’ve had that scent of real spring air for well over a week now and I know you all know what this griller’s talking about! So, I was cruising down the highway the other day and as you’d expect I had some Zeppelin pumping out of my speakers and breaking the sound barrier because we all know Zeppelin in the spring sounds sooooo good, doesn’t it? Come to think of it, all one has to do is add fire and well aged marbled meat to the sound scape and you’ve instantly got ingredients for one hell of a deck side party!

Then it hit me, my next creative brain wave for this post and a way to further pay it forward to people everywhere about a company currently in category as it relates to all things kamado and that company is Primo, http://primogrill.com/. I do apologize ahead of time if you all thought this was going to be a boring 500 word essay on my love affair for the song “Ozone Baby” even though I think its one of the bands best ever.

No my friends this is about the Primo brand and their very unique oval shaped cookers they’ve been producing for almost twenty years right out of their factory in Norcross Georgia, USA. Yes, I said Made In the US of A!!!! Go figure, but its true and although we see and will continue to see many imitation products flooding our North American continent from China in years to come there are still those very special brands and products across many industries that have dug their heels into the sand and chosen the path of most resistance to take a stand and build a better quality product right here, closer to home, and Primo’s one of those brands without a doubt.

I remember going back to ’06 when I first became aware that Primo even exisisted and in those days I was exclusively selling the likes of the BGE out of the back seat of my VW and a thought occurred to me. If this Primo cooker cooks as well as the BGE or any other circular cooker in category, ( not that there even was a category back then) doesn’t it make sense to test it out for all it’s worth? Test it I did and the food results were just as good as BGE but this cooker called Primo had and still has an advantage in my opinion, its’ oval shape!

Today I roll into all my parties with Primo product and no, just in case you think they’re paying me to say this, they aren’t. No my friends, I simply LOVE the fact that the grilling real estate you have when cooking on this product gives you that much more freedom and over all flexibility to work the grill’s surface. What’s even more of a bonus to a guy who makes a living part of the year doing what I do is the fact that Primo are the only company in category to date that have main grills that sit flush with the exterior lip of their vessel. This tiny little detail makes a HUGE difference when you have 40 pieces of the best Atlantic salmon sizzling away per cooker and they need to come off fast and undamaged.

Primo’s biggest disadvantage from a pure product perspective over the years has been a huge gap between the size offerings in their line up but that too has now been remedied thanks to the brand spanking new large oval model that positions itself nicely between the Junior and XL ovals. Now, you have three oval models to choose from and they even make a complete and traditional round kamado cooker as well.

If that isn’t enough and you’re the type who loves your whiskey, Primo have teamed up under license with the one and only Jack Daniels and have produced a signature series model cooker complete with table  to compliment that special spot on and in your outdoor living space that’ll make your friends teary eyed with envy!

Primo also produce simple and functional accessories that literally come close to doubling your over all grill space and by far the best set of accessories are the drip racks and deflector plates that within seconds turn your cooker into an efficient in-direct smoker that has the capacity to fit a trimmed 40lbs. suckling pig on it if this is how you roll.

If you’re a smaller group and you do invest in an oval cooker model fear not wasting charcoal as the cast iron divider splits your interior fire bowl in half and voila! Cooking direct and in-direct is a cinch, convenient and fun as hell!

Cast iron griddles and a pizza stone are also available if you like flap jacks with your bacon and eggs in the morning or if you’re more of a pizza pie fanatic and want your Primo to double as a wood fired oven, knock yer socks off and keep dusting that stone because these cookers churn out delicious pizza faster than you can say, pass the vino!

If you live in the greater Ottawa area in our beautiful Nation’s Capitol, Primo can be found at Romantic Fireplaces and Bbq Cave in Orleans,http://www.romanticfireplaces.com/ or Capitol Bbq in Nepean.

There you have it my friends, another ditty from the GTO-Zone here at Casa grateful and I want to wish all of you a fire filled weekend coming with non stop fun and freaky delicious food!

Until our next fire dance,

Feed your fires!

G

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