Saturday, September 27, 2008

Heart Attack Grill - Not for the PC

In these days of "weasel words"; "techno-babble" and "conservatorships", political incorrectness is both refreshing and popular as the online phenomenon of the "Heart Attack Grill" has amply (if you'll pardon the pun) shown.

The Heart Attach Grill whose Quadruple Bypass Burger boasts burgers with enough fat to power a small submarine also features lard laden "Flatliner Fries"; high caffeine cola and non filter cigarettes.

The HAG has a particularly endearing HR policy: using a bevvy of attractive "wait-persons", dressed as nurses, to add some spice to the fat.

Their page bears the disclaimer that: The Government Requires Us To Inform You That Our "Nurses" Do Not Actually Have Any Accredited Medical Training.

Is it true? Sure enough, the Arizona Board of Nursing are all over the HAG like a cheap suit, but not for their menu, for their portrayal of nurses!

So three cheers for HAG, if you'd like to join a team with a "passion worth dying for check out their franchise opportunities.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Just an Idea We were Kicking Around

BBQ Bling is fast arriving at the conclusion that the boys at Beefeater, Australia's largest manufacturers of barbecues and BBQ accessories just don't like the look of stainless steel.

Following on from our post on Beefeater's gold plated BBQ, the product development team have now moved to decorating BBQs in the colours of your favourite footy club or in Aussie Green and Gold according to SmartHouse.

In what is described as a world first (but we doubt it), "BeefEater, has launched the Signature ‘Supporter Series' for sport die-hards who want a barbecue that will showcase their club or team loyalty – and their grilling skills.

"Backyard rivalries with mates and neighbours are expected to heat up now that Swans supporters can grill in red and white, Roosters loyalists can add a splash of blue and red to their backyard and Wallaby supporters can now fire up the green and gold" says the SmartHouse release

There was no sign of the Supporter Series when we checked the Beefeater web site but it is so badly designed you're lucky to find their logo. Beefeater may hate stainless steel but they lurve Java!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Barbeque Galore Finds a Buyer

MarketWatch reports that troubled US barbeque retailer, Barbeques Galore, Inc. has sold most of it's assets to Grand Hall Enterprises , the largest BBQ grill manufacturer in Taiwan.

The purchase price of about $15.0 million in cash and included at least 31 stores in Texas, California and Arizona and the right to designate additional stores within the next three months.

"Grand Hall has more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing barbeque grills, and we are delighted at the opportunity to acquire the only retail chain of barbeque grills in the United States," said William Home, chairman & CEO of Grand Hall.

If, like us at BBQ Bling, you've never heard of Grand Hall, here's what the company says about itself:

Grand Hall, established in 1976, is principally engaged in manufacturing gas grills, as well as related appliances and components. The Company's major products include barbeque gas grills, gas valves, indoor/outdoor heaters and gas water heaters.

The Company distributes its products in Asia, the United States, Australia, Europe and Africa. Grand Hall's securities are publicly traded on Taiwan's Over-the-Counter market.

Have a look at Grand Hall's Australian web site.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Records Fly in Buffalo Wing Orgy

More than 78,000 "wing-nuts" at the recent 7 th NATIONAL BUFFALO WING FESTIVAL gorged themselves on an impressive, 27 tons of chicken wings in just 2 days.

The record consumption of around 27 wings per head occurred at the Labor Day weekend event, held in the home of the Buffalo Wing: Buffalo, NY.

The eat-a-thon saw an 8% increase on last year’s hungry mob who only managed to chomp through a modest 25 tons.

Among this year’s highlights was the return of competitive eater Sonya Thomas of Alexandria, Virginia, who captured 1 st Place in the U.S. Chicken Wing Eating Championships.

Sonya consumed 165 wings in 12 minutes (4.23 pounds) but missed her world record of 173 wings established at last year’s festival.

Happily, Sonya left around 2,105,835 wings for the rest of the crowd.

In an ironic twist with a national marketing opportunity, KFC's first entry in the National Buffalo Wing Festival resulted in first place honours in the Traditional Barbecue Sauce category. The Colonel's Honey BBQ sauce topped all other Traditional Barbecue sauce entries. Ouch!!

Meanwhile, 22 year old Jennifer Starkey of Niagara Falls, NY, whose wings look pretty good to me too, was crowned Miss Buffalo Wing 2008.

Next year's event will be held on September 5 - 6, 2009, so there's plenty of time to get into training and bring Sonya down a peg or two.

Charcool stocks 3 flavours of the original Anchor Bar Buffalo Wing sauces that started it all back in 1964 so hungry Australians can get a taste of real Buffalo Wings at home.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Smoking BBQ Can Kill

It seems so obvious but we'll post it on BBQ Bling anyway. You never know how many potential entrants in the Darwin Awards are reading.

The Otago Times in New Zealand, reports the sad case of 2 South African born men who died and 1 who is seriously injured after taking their charcoal BBQ into their cabin while on a week end fishing trip.

Police said initial indications were that the two men died from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of using the charcoal-burning portable barbecue in the cabin.

Ben Walker, who runs the motor camp, said it was "stupidity" to take the barbecue into their cabin to keep warm.

"If only I had seen them take the barbecue inside, things could have been different. I feel like crying, I just can't believe it," he told The Dominion Post.

Now, read this: the deaths are a tragic reminder of the risks of using any type of fuel burner in a confined space. Carbon monoxide displaces oxygen in the bloodstream and deprives the heart, brain and other vital organs of oxygen.

The trio were on a weekend fishing trip while their wives were at a baby shower for the seriously ill man's wife in Hamilton.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Sauce Pistols

Get not one but 2 great American icons: the pistol and ketchup!

From Inventor Spot comes a BBQ accessory to make your day.

"Aye, my fellow barbecue comrades, for therein lies the rub (barbecue and otherwise.) The Condiment Gun from Firebox is all three!

It’s cost at 15 £ (30 US bucks) is less than most guns, about the same as most toys and probably a bit more expensive than most sauce dispensers. This is easily dealt with. Simply decide which function the Condiment Gun from Firebox will serve for you and your family and then judge accordingly whether or not it falls within your particular budget."

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Bam, Bam on the Tam Tam

Shakespeare once said, "If music be the food of love; play on..." and you can with this niffty MP3 ready portable BBQ from Belgian BBQ manuafcturer, Barbecook.

The Tam Tam portable gas barbecue comes with integrated speakers and MP3 connection in the unit’s base and boasts stereo-quality sound. The music centre and can be powered by AC connection or batteries.

The Tam Tam features a temperature dial and retro-style dome cover and will be available in red and black. When it hits the market next year it is expected to have a recommended retail price of around $AUD150.

The Tam Tam is aimed at the youth market and is "something a lot of people can use when they go to the beach or have a barbecue at home,” according to Babecook.

Now if there was just someway to get it on Google Streetview!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Charcool Notebook Portable BBQ Winner Announced

An amazing 270 people entered the first Charcool Australia Fathers Day Contest to win a Notebook Portable BBQ.

Entries came from all over Australia and selecting the final winner was extremely difficult.

The entrants were to tell us what they would cook their Dad for Fathers Day on their Notebook BBQ.

Honourable mentions included:

This may sound extreme
But my Dad is quite mean
Mean with his time and money
What about a rat coated in honey?


Satayed steak, a snag or two
Charcooled chicken on BBQ!
Family and friends in celebration
Saluting Dad's across the nation

But there could only be one winner.

So on Sunday, David Leslie of Hamilton NSW, with his 9 siblings, their children and spouses, will huddle around their Dad's new portable BBQ to celebrate Fathers Day.

Congratulations, David.