Earlier this year on my flight to Malta, I spotted a revolutionary new portable barbecue being advertised in a magazine. I’ve mentioned a few times before that we love barbecuing and Jim will cook outside at any time of the year and in almost any location, so any sort of barbecue usually peaks my interest, but this barbecue was particularly intriguing because it looked perfect for taking to the beach or on picnics.
Anyway, I did the usual thing of forgetting all about it until fate intervened and we were offered a loan one to take on a our trip to France…
The Lotus Grill is a German made charcoal barbecue with a battery powered fan which is ready to cook on in 3 or 4 minutes. It uses a small amount of lighter gel and just a handful of charcoal (not bricketes) and the outside of it remains cool throughout cooking so that it can be placed anywhere you like including on wooden furniture and can be packed up to take away almost immediately after cooking.
We used ours twice during our week on the canals. Once at the marina before we left where we cooked on a stone seat and a second time alongside the canal where we rested it on a concrete base. It’s meant to be suitable for 1-2 people, but we actually cooked for 9 on it and it coped!
Once you start cooking it is just like any other barbecue and is best suited for things that cook quickly like steaks and burgers (we brought our favourite Muddy Boots burgers with us from the UK) We also cooked sausages, but as most barbecuers know sausages take a while to cook through, so we did have to refill the charcoal which is a very simple process.
As Jim did the cooking, I was in charge of washing up the barbecue afterwards, which I have to say I was not looking forward to, but actually it was extremely easy to do. The whole grill comes apart and the central metal bowl (which separates from the red exterior) washed up with a sponge very quickly and easily. The grill itself was a little trickier, but nothing that 5 minutes and a brilo pad couldn’t fix.
Jim really enjoyed cooking with the Lotus Grill and was rather put out when he came home last Friday to discover I had already returned it to the company we borrowed it from. I however had ulterior motives… we all know how hard it is to buy gifts for a man and now I have the perfect one lined up for his birthday!
The Lotus Grill is available in six different colours from Cuckooland.com (affiliate link)