Cooking a good roast is probably my favourite meal to cook. There are a million ways to do it, like in the kitchen on gas/electricity to out in the bush in a camp oven over a fire. Stainless beer kegs have long been known to be the platform for many cooking devices and contraptions, there is something very Australian about it and is right up my alley. I have made plenty of things from kegs and this is one of them.
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There she is, doesn’t look like much from the outside.
The inside mechanics. Notice the sliding vents top and bottom used for controlling fresh air flow and heat retention.
Another shot of the vents.
First, place the the perforated base in. Obviously removable for easy cleaning.
Then add the optional fat trap. This is also used for indirect heat cooking which I will explain later.Here’s a shot with the grill inserted. She’s a beauty. Every part custom made from stainless steel.
Now the coal. In these two photo’s I am using the fat catcher, great for keeping the juices for making gravy aka ‘the jus’ haha. For cleaning purposes I have found it easier to wrap it in foil before use.
Or depending on what you’re cooking, leave it out.
Oh, thought id mention this beautiful handle for easy carrying. Special thanks to Mark for modelling this shoot. ta.
Ok, so she’s ready to light. How does one light the coals without any fuss? With the custom coal lighter of course! Just place 9 Jiffy lighters on something non-flammable, fill the coal lighter with coal and place over the lit Jiffy lighters.
Give it about 2 beers and the coal will be ready.
The rosy coal ready and waiting – in a small, safe, carry-able container to pour into the keg oven.
Mix with a few cold coals to add to the cooking time.
Today I’m cooking a juicy pork butterfly leg. Now just close the lid.
1.5 hrs later and its ready to eat. yum. There’s no limit to what you can cook in this keg. Pizza, bread, fish, veggies, meat whatever.
The beauty of this invention is the added function of being able to control the heat through the vents. The bottom on controls the air flow to the coals and the top vent controls the rate to which the heat escapes.
This blog post was picked up by an editor named Ildar Sadykov working for a Russian DIY magazine in Moscow called CAM – A DIY mag for home handyman and the like, to which he asked if it could be featured in is next issue, needless to say I said yes.
A top bloke he is, even sent me a copy!! Many thanks Ildar. Ill pop over for a beer one day and bring it with me and we can cook up some shashlyik . 🙂
Have a read guys! just use your smartphone and the google translate app and hover the camera over the text for instant conversion to English.