The best charcoal cooking method in the world!
It’s that time of year when the idea of great smelling barbecues and long summer days starts to influence our weekend planning. A few days of great spring weather makes us feel ready to venture into the garden to get ready for up and coming events and family gatherings.
Getting ready for the summer barbecue season fills us with excitement but also all the seasonal inconveniences that come with it. That barbecue you bought last year looks like a flimsy, rusty mess. The grill grate is coated with a layer of mould, fat and rust and you realise that another year will bring yet another expensive barbecue purchase. Many of the traditional garden barbecues sold in the UK are deliberately made this way so every year large companies sustain continuous business. This irritating reality plagues most of the merchandise we buy today with low quality products designed to break early so we keep buying more.
When it comes to barbecues this is particularly relevant as their temperature variations and screw together nature means they are rarely robust enough to last longer than one year. Cleaning the barbecue grills provides us with hours of enjoyment wire brushing getting splattered with water and burnt on fat.
There is a way however to cook perfect fresh meat on charcoal that makes flimsy barbecues and cleaning grills and thing of the past. In order to have a hassle free barbecue experience every time we should learn a lesson or two from the world’s best, The Cypriots.
The perfect barbecued meat.
In Cyprus the Cypriots have cooked over charcoal for generations and have the best procedures for cooking moist, delicious, healthy kebabs with no grill cleaning and barbecues that last for years. In Cyprus meat is loaded onto large, robust skewers and cooked slowly over a rotisserie system. This allows the fat inside to never violently spit out continuously basing the centre of the meat. This continuous basting is the secret to crispy cooked meat on the outside but lush, moist meat in the centre.
Virtually no cleaning
Due to the skewer system all you need to do is after every barbecue clean the main skewers with soapy water much easier than removing solid burnt fat from traditional barbecue grills.
Robust for great cooking year after year.
The Traditional Greek Cypriot Foukou is built with robust sheet metal used for industrial buildings stairways much more robust than typical barbecue construction. The skewer sockets are all connected via cogs so they all rotate in synchrony with each other. The Foukou comes with a rotisserie motor, 3 Large Skewers, 7 Small Skewers and 1 pair of small Chicken Hook (Spit Forks). Assembly is very easy with the legs fitting into slots at the bottom of the charcoal tray. There is also an adjustable height mechanism that can be lowered or raised depending on the heat of the coals.
Once you get used to the superior cooking quality of the traditional Greek Cypriot Foukou you will never go back. Get ready to have crispy moist barbecue kebabs every time, The rotisserie motar means no more frantic flipping and turning meaning you can relax, catch up with friends, and pour a drink. The Traditional Foukou is robust and will last for years meaning it is excellent value for money. Don’t waste your hard earned cash every year on cheap grill barbecues buy the Small Blue Traditional Greek Foukou and have barbecue parties your neighbours will be jealous of!
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