I've been umming and ahhing about getting a Cobb BBQ for ages. When we first got the van I was very tempted. I read lots of reviews and drooled over various photos of roast chicken dinners but I couldn't bring myself to hit the 'buy' button. I loved the idea of being able to cook in an 'oven' whilst camping but I was still sceptical. We've not had a good history with bbq-ing. The usual 'burnt on the outside, still alive on the inside' experiences have put us off. Plus, we're not particularly big meat eaters and our old bbq, although quite small, was still too big to be practical.
Anyway, as we're planning a few trips this year which should hopefully take us way off the beaten track we decided to take the plunge and get a Cobb! I ordered from Cobb UK and I have to say their service was excellent. I think I placed my order at around mid-day and we had our Cobb the next day. Even better, the courier they used tells you a one hour slot for your delivery (they email you on the morning of delivery) and they actually arrived just at the start of our slot.
Unfortunately the weather hasn't been great today - certainly not the weather for sitting outside round the BBQ. We were determined to try out our new gadget though so we lit it out in our front garden and then once it was ready for cooking, we put it just inside the garage while we carried on working on the van.
I did potato wedges (coated in a little oil and then wrapped in 4 small foil parcels and placed in the moat), veggies (cut very fine and wrapped in foil with a bit of butter) and chicken breasts. The veggies could have done with a bit longer - I should have put them on at the same time as the chicken. The chicken took about 25mins to cook. I turned it once. It was really moist and tasty and I have to say I'm very impressed with our first attempt!
Dinner is served....
I also made an apricot crumble. It could have done with a bit longer but we ran out of heat! I was a bit slow getting our chicken on once the coals were ready so it probably would have been ok if I'd got my timing right. We used 9 charcoal brickettes. I have bought some 'cobblestones' but I'm saving those for when we go away, although we will try one out at home to see what they are like. They are quite pricey so I think we'll save them for when we want a longer cooking time or need to be able to get cooking quickly. I'm going to have to find a nice enamel dish for doing puds in. Don't really want to take glass dishes camping but this worked fine for at home.
Tasted pretty good too! I used a packet crumble mix (McDougalls Luxury Crumble mix with Oats) because I'm not going to be messing around making my own crumble in the van on a beach somewhere! Actually it was very nice - I was pleasantly surprised :-)
We ate our dinner in the van on the driveway and tested out the new light A has installed in the back of the van. It's much brighter in there now. I tried to get a photo but it didn't come out very well.