Oops, I did it again? Hmm… wasn’t that a Britney Spears’ song? Yep, I guess it was. Amazing, with that title, I believe that I have successfully worked Britney Spears into the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine for the very first time! I never would have thought that was remotely possible.
But, wait… what did I do? Well, there are a couple of things that I did that fit the title “Oops, I did it again.” First, remember last week, I wrote an article called “Getting a do-over in the Philippines“? That article was about my new BBQ Grill that we recently built. Several people asked in the comments if I could show a picture of the finished Grill, and I told them that the grill was still not quite finished, but when it was completed, I would gladly share a photo or two. So, one thing that I am doing again is writing another article about that BBQ grill! Secondly, remember back in February when I wrote an article about my Birthday Bash? I told how we had cooked a Liempo Balamban, a very good piece of grilled pork. Well, we again cooked a Liempo Balamban on the new grill, and I want to tell you a bit about that experience too.
Well, this all got started on Friday afternoon. Just before noon on Friday, Feyma and I had gone to the mall to take care of a few things we needed to get done. Our son Aaron came along too, and we had a nice time together. When we got home, Feyma told me, “honey, I see that your final pieces for your BBQ Grill are here!” So, of course, I headed out to check it out. Sure enough, the metal work was done! Metal work? What are you talking about, Bob? Well, we had a shop fabricate some pieces for the grill, including the grill top itself and parts for a rotisserie unit. Everything was custom fabricated out of stainless steel, so that it will stay nice. When I inspected the items, I was very pleased! Very nice work, and the price was right too, in my opinion.
After checking everything out, we all were sitting there around the grill and I asked Feyma, “do you think we should cook something on the rotisserie tonight?” Of course, I was really hoping that she would reply, “yes,” and we could get busy! And, she didn’t disappoint me with her answer, either. We immediately installed the rotisserie unit on the grill!
The rotisserie is a sort of cool design, in my opinion. It is, as the grilltop, all stainless steel. There are two risers that hook into the sides of the grill pit, and they hold a rotisserie bar that you can put the meat on. The cool thing is that the bar with the meat on it is all turned with a steering wheel! I had seen this kind of design in several locations here in the Philippines (although it was not all made with stainless steel, though), and I thought it was pretty practical. No motor necessary, just turned by hand! We have plenty of people here who are chomping at the bit to take a turn “behind the wheel” (why do kids love doing this kind of thing?), so this was really a practical design for us.
So, the next order of business was that we all had to decide what we would cook to inaugurate the grill. My thoughts drifted back to the Liempo Balamban that we cooked on my birthday, it was so delicious, and I suggested it to Feyma. My nephew went to the market to see if we could get a liempo from the butcher, they are not always available, but luckily, one was available, and we snatched it up!
We had a big party atmosphere while we grilled a liempo balamban! We went and bought a bunch of drinks, Coke Light and San Miguel Light and everybody had a good time. I even had a couple of beers myself, which is unusual.
The grill itself is beautiful, and we have used it several times now, and can’t complain about the performance! Everything worked as it should, and it was a joy to cook on. While inaugurating the grill by cooking a liempo balamban, we saw that we had made one mistake on the design. The paint on the wall behind the grill started blistering, it was just too hot for regular paint. So, we thought maybe we would use some high-heat paint to re-do it. However, our carpenter, Jun Jun suggested that we just put bricks on the wall behind the grill, which was a good idea, so the next day, he took care of that for us. We cooked three chickens on the rotisserie on Saturday night, and the new bricks on the wall both looked good, and performed well too.
So, we have a new BBQ grill which is now completed. It looks great, and it is sort of a center for entertaining with a backyard cookout. We love it! OK, I know many of you will be asking me… how much did this cost to build? Well, all in all, we probably have about $250 into this project. The metal work (grill top and all the parts for the rotisserie) totaled about half of that, $125. The rest of the money covered the labor, bricks, paint, roof over the cook area, a granite-topped work area, and cupboards below the work area. In my opinion, very reasonable. I suspect that we would have spent $1,500 or so in the States to get something comparable to this.