Things to make outdoor cooking more enjoyable this spring


ONE RIB SHORT of a SLAB
By Carlene Phelps
National Barbecue News Editor
editor@barbecuenews.com

We are getting a few more new products on the market now, and we gave one of them a test run here at Phelps Paradise — the National Barbecue News grilling/smoking headquarters. The  product reviewed this month comes from Grill Innovations — the Gas Grill Oven Plate. Once I read the materials accompanying the grill plate I was anxious to give it a try for one BIG reason. South Georgia summers are scorching hot and the more we can cook outside on our ever increasing supply of grills the better.

This is a baking plate that can be used on our gas grill to put all of our baking outside as well. And, since we do most of our baking before we start meals on the grill, I was even more enthusiastic. The delay for testing came when I realized our grill would need a good clean-up before using the grill plate. It is used a lot and well seasoned, if you know what I mean. Along, with the gas burners, we usually add wood chips to get our favorite smoke flavor so there is probably more residue than found in most gas grills. While I was running a few errands one afternoon, Joe even volunteered to do some baking. He loves to cook, so following a little brushing and cleaning, he began by baking a pan of peanut butter cookies. They turned out super except for the fact that he left them on the grill a few minutes too long as he was busy making an apple pie! When I arrived home, Joe had already removed one cookie from the pan for his personal taste test and the picture gives proof of this fact.

After finishing the batch of peanut butter cookies, Joe had the pie ready to hit the grill oven and we heated the grill to about 25 degrees less than our conventional oven. This allowed for the convection-type oven created with the Gas Grill Oven Plate. In fact, we even put the tin foil around the edges to keep from burning the crust. And, again we had a successful cook! The apple pie was delicious and we now see no reason for lighting the oven on a hot day in 2013. The pan and pie plate were smoked up a little because we use our grill so much for smoking. However, I would really like another small gas grill, with no smoke residue, to use just for baking! The grill plate is adequate enough in size to use with larger pans and dishes, 16 X 12 inches, and heavily constructed of 1 inch thick aluminum. I can see where this would also come in handy for baking casseroles, biscuits, etc. Get more information at www.grillinnovations.com.

Looking for a gift for Mom next month? The Gas Grill Oven Plate would make a great gift — and would get the baking out of the kitchen and outside on the grill. Oh my, I like that idea!


Photo by Carlene Phelps

Photo by Carlene Phelps

Photo by Carlene Phelps

Photo by Carlene Phelps

 

 

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