Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Christening the BBQ

Labour Weekend (Oct 23-25) marks the beginning of the BBQ season for many Kiwis. I'd been looking forward to christening the new barbie since I finished building it last summer. So it was great to finally be able to do it and the weather was perfect. I started the fire about an hour before the guests arrived so there was a good amount of embers ready for cooking by the time they arrived.

The Ti tree I used was great. Being a hardwood it creates really hot embers that retain the heat well. There was a good variety of food to cook including chicken, steak, boorevors sausage, potatoes wrapped in tin foil and a huge snapper that my mate Bruce caught the day before, which we also wrapped in tin foil. The whole evening was pretty good for a trial run although darkness came all too soon making it difficult getting back to the house for some of the guests. There was about 15 people to cook for altogether including 3 kids. I'm thinking that cooking for a larger group (20-30+) will be quite challenging, but that's my next goal for later in the summer. I might have to organise a few lanterns as there's no power out by the barbie which is a good 30 or 40 metres from the house.
This is a Boerewors sausage before it's cooked. If you look carefully you can see it cooking on the grill (all rolled up) on the right hand side nearest the foreground.


  1. Drats I missed out. Sure is a great outdoor setup you got there Dave. What is boorevors sausage? I've never heard of it before...

  2. Hi Tony, Sorry you couldn't make it. I'll be doing it again for sure and you're more than welcome to come over. It seems I spelled the name of the sausage wrong – it's "Boerewors".
    I was introduced to it by my South African mates. It's very popular over there and I highly recommend trying it. Apparently the name comes from the Afrikaans words boer ("farmer") and wors ("sausage"). It's about a metre long and you cook it all in one piece – that can be fun if you don't keep it all rolled up. I've added a picture to the post.

  3. That...looks...GOOD! Thanks for adding me Dave!

  4. Hi Antone, thanks for visiting my blog. Yes the food tasted good's always nice getting together with the brothers and sisters.
    Is that a picture of you surfing a wave in Hawaii? That looks like fun. I understand Hawaii's good for that. Be sure to visit again soon.

  5. I wish! That's an acquaintance I met while surfing outside Waikiki Walls. But I do the same thing, paipo boarding.

    Stop by Central Congregation if you are ever on Oahu!

    You too Tony! =)

    Aloha and Agape!

  6. Oahu... it's sounds really exotic and kind of tropical. The nearest I've been to there is Japan. I understand that's where a lot of Japanese go for a holiday. I'll be sure to pop in for a visit if I'm ever up that way.