We finally got to use the new barbecue grill/station we had constructed at the beach and it worked brilliantly! We cooked dishes in palayoks, on the cast iron grates and in cast iron pans (didn’t get to a planned paella but will do that the next time). The “real” fire bricks take some time to heat up (read: more wood or coals) but once they are hot provide a long radiant heat that is terrific for some barbecued dishes.
The coals (you can’t see them well) sit on two levels of grates, so you can have high heat, and medium heat, moving meat from the searing section to the cooking section. The thick cement sides insulate cooks from the intense heat.
I am happy we decided to go with a less cumbersome to make and maintain grill than a full-on pizza oven as a starter project… I can dream up lots of things to cook on this set-up. But someday, I still want a properly constructed real fire-brick oven to make roasted lechon de leches, pizzas, bread and other slow-cooked dishes.
If you were attentive and got this far in this post, then you would know that perhaps, just perhaps, we are going to go ahead with that mini-eyeball at the beach for MM eyeball regulars… and I plan to have a contest on this website to find 3-4 readers who may want to drive out and join us for a barbecue near the beach in Nasugbu sometime in early June. Not sure about the details yet, but stay tuned if you want to possibly participate. There is a group of say a dozen or more folks who met through marketmanila and who stay in touch and meet up 1-2x a year and they plan to come to the beach for the day, and with Gejo bringing farm produce from Malipayon farms and Nacho bringing stuff from Toscana Farms, along with seafood I buy at the Nasugbu market, it promises to be a rather simple but filling lunch where all present must toil at the grill or kitchen to bring the whole meal together. Maybe a boneless lechon, maybe a paella or two, some grilled seafood, some wonderful salads, and whatever else we manage to make that day… :)