So this cook was about experimentation. Nothing that exciting but nevertheless… an excuse to fire up the BBQ. I’ve done a few dirty steaks lately and although I do love cooking steaks that way I thought I would do something different today. Back to the days where dirty steak was something I was still sceptical of. In order to do this I knew that I wanted the charcoal and the grates to be as hot as possible. Whats the best way to do that? Looftlighter!
For those of you that don’t know – The looftlighter is basically a tool for lighting your coals without the need for a chimney, firelighters or lighter fluid. Never use lighter fluid. It basically blows incredibly hot air onto the coals and gets you a white hot bed of charcoal in a matter of minutes. I was lucky enough to be gifted this one by an extraordinarily generous member of the CountryWoodSmoke Facebook Group. The only downside to using the Looftighter is that it is mains powered. That does mean that 9 times out of 10 I still use the chimney starter and a wood wool firelighter. One day I will build an incredible BBQ hut and that will have mains power – until then I have to use an extension lead. If you are looking for a useful gadget then the Looftighter isn’t a bad purchase for around £50 and £60.
The FryLight was bought for me to try by my fiancee. She’s currently attending Slimming World meetings and apparently I should also be eating more healthily. To be honest I don’t mind using FryLight in the kitchen. I’ve never preferred it to the more conventional oil and butter where necessary but it is a healthier alternative. I decided to spray the steak before placing onto the grill as I would with oil. The FryLight does also contain garlic and chilli flavour which I hoped would be nice. I seasoned with the steak with Maldon salt and back pepper and placed the steak on the grill. It was very hot thanks to the Looftlighter. Even managed some grill marks which is unusual for me. A few minutes on each side and I was happy to take it off and let it rest for a few minutes. Plenty of time to take a few photographs. Once it has rested I tucked in. I was actually pleasantly surprised. The steak was very nice. It wasn’t a remarkable one – Just one of the mid range supermarket offerings but still very tasty. The FryLight actually seemed to act as both the oil and butter that I would normally use when cooking a steak. You can definitely taste the garlic and chilli. It’s available in B&M bargains if you are interested in giving it a go. I know there must be more than a few BBQ fanatics having to keep an eye on what they eat.
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Written by Tomos Newland-Jones @MrNewland66