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 Post subject: Taste of Auckland 2014
PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 9:09 pm 
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A couple of weeks back I travelled to Taste of Auckland in New Zealand to demonstrate some low & slow (and high & fast!) cooking on behalf of the GrillPro boys.

The weather gods never really smiled on us over the four days, but it didn't stop huge crowds of NZ's foodies pouring in to sample the best food, wine and beer the region has to offer.

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GrillPro's Yoder and La Caja China products are distributed through Outdoor Concepts, who sell quality BBQ's, Grills, Outdoor Electric Heaters, Fires and Umbrellas out of their Auckland store. The team from Outdoor Concepts manned the site with myself and a fellow demonstrator from Big Green Egg. We had a great range of Yoder BBQs on display, as well as the #2 and #3 La Caja China roasting boxes from Miami.

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We cooked up a variety of dishes to get the locals salivating, but it was the old favourites that stole the show - Beef Ribs, Pork Ribs, Pork Shoulder and Beef Brisket. We also cooked up some steak with Tatonka Dust, Chicken Wings with Mad Hunky Hot Whang Rub and roasted some pork loin racks and chickens in the La Caja China.

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There was a lot of interest in the Yoder smokers and pellet grills - especially from the catering and restaurant community. They had never seen a BBQ that big before - the Kingman was impressive at centre stage!

The backyard punters were also keen to learn about the pellet grills and roasting boxes. They all compared the La Caja China to an above ground Hāngi! :D

We were lucky enough to be positioned right next to the site for one of NZ's top restaurants - Depot Eatery and Oyster Bar. The guys were gracious enough to loan us some space in their cool room, so we were more than happy to let their Executive Chef, Kyle Street, come and cook up a fantastic mussel dish on the YS480 pellet grill.

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The camaraderie between sites was amazing - especially during the hurricane-like weather that cancelled the Saturday evening session!! We also shared the bbq love with some of NZ's top establishments in exchange for "samples" of beer, wine, spices, rubs, seafood and even cupcakes! :D

It was a fantastic event overall, and hopefully one that has exposed the Auckland (and NZ) market to new methods of cooking BBQ.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 9:15 pm 
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I was wondering where you was Turkey 101, great to see you've been busy :-) Looks like a great festival.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 10:28 pm 
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Sounds and looks like it was a great festival, and a success.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 11:22 pm 
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3rd picture down, what's that type of instrument plugged in to the meat?


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 11:28 pm 
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yakabot wrote:
3rd picture down, what's that type of instrument plugged in to the meat?

It's a Weber 6742 (I think! :?) probe thermometer that I borrowed from Outdoor Concepts.

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Wow! Looks like a great time over there!


Awesome looking cook up!

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turkey101 wrote:
yakabot wrote:
3rd picture down, what's that type of instrument plugged in to the meat?

It's a Weber 6742 (I think! :?)

Google image search tells me you're correct. Thanks.


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Looks like you did South Aussie proud Garth. :)

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Great photos Garth, fantastic job, thanks Mate :D

I must say that I am absolutely blown away by the support and help by members of this forum and I would like to take this opportunity to recognize them:

Turkey101 for taking time of work, flying to Auckland in NZ, throwing on his Grill Pro shirt for us and braving storms & hail to cook & demo on the Yoders & La Caja China. Earlier this year Garth also organized a 4th of July cook up on his Yoder with me at The Lion Hotel in Adelaide who have since ordered a YS1500.

Beaver for his continued support & help cooking and running his great Master Classes at Taste of Melbourne which was held on exactly the same weekend at Taste of Auckland ( which is why I couldn't go to NZ ).

Chromis for spending his down time and building us a couple of demo Drum Smoking Kits and then coming along to Taste of Melbourne & talking with folks about Barbecue & the brands we import out of the US.

ThinBlueLine for also coming along to Taste of Melbourne & giving us a hand.

Fleetz for spending hours helping me stick "Imported by Grill Pro" stickers on the rubs we import amongst other things.

Edgy for taking time off work on multiple occasions to help cook at Nicholson & Saville in Sydney and allowing prospective customers interested in the Yoder Pellet Grills to his home to show & demo them.

There have been others who have helped us also like Tony from BBQs Plus, Jester, Santo & Hector just to name a few.

If I have left anyone out I sincerely apologize.

Cheers, Dave

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Thanks for the shout out!

It was my pleasure, there is too much love here to appreciate! [emoji5]

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