Since visiting the BBQs Plus open day at highpoint on my birthday a few weeks back, I was really impressed with the Primo oval XL kamado.
I immediately started working my magic on the wife to convince her that this would be an ideal (and slightly late) 30th birthday present.
After some convincing and negotiations (and selling off my ProQ smoker as a sacrificial offering to the bbq finance gods) I'm now the proud owner of a Primo Oval XL Kamado!
The box it came in was huge...
So many accessories to play with! It's like Christmas in November... Which box do I open first? Decisions decisions...My favorite accessory is the pizza stone. Its glazed and looks great.
BBQs plus were doing a deal including a bunch of free accessories worth about $250, so the only thing I had to add to my order was the deflector plates and the stainless steel cart.
The unit was very well packed, and surprisingly very heavy... 2 of us had our work cut out lifting/moving it!
Once setup, it was unveiled on the back deck to replace my old gasser. I do believe I heard angels singing at this point.
Quality, Made in the USA (both of them).
In all seriousness though, the unit is extremely well built. It's very solid, sturdy and its quality is immediately noticeable. The new units being sold now also have an upgraded gasket and new larger thermometer.
The smell coming off the primo charcoal was fantastic... It really has that authentic BBQ smokehouse aroma that reminded me of being in the States. Very nice.
After doing a burn in for a few hours, starting at around 300f for 2 hours, I then opened its legs (and vents) to let the heat out and reach about 600f.
Impressed with how fast it came to temperature, I was up to 300f within about 25-30 minutes. All I used was the primo charcoal starters and let it do its thing while I drank cold beer.
For my first cook I wanted to do something hard and fast. I had a lamb backstrap that I'd just purchased from Vic market so was keen to give that a go.
Going from 300f to 600f was again very fast. Probably another 10-15 mins or so and I was touching 650f by that point.
(Sorry photos look average, my camera phone isn't great)
Cooked to medium rare with a sprinkling of paprika, cumin, and salt. 90 seconds per side was all that was needed for some great char...
Bloody delicious! Great crust on the outside and super juicy tender inside. Wife was very impressed and by this point the money we paid for the BBQ was a distant memory.
I noted the unit is very very well insulated. I shut it down closing all the vents at 600f, and 4+ hours later it was still sitting at about 300f! Much to my surprise the fuel I used was minimal after the first run. I could get used to this!
Can't wait to cook more on this! I have much to learn...