I am sure ( or at least hopeful !) this design will open up a new wave of product developments from other brands in the BB Q market. I love its simplicity but most of all, I love the fact designers are really looking at options to make grilling as healthy as possible! We probably agree that 'healthy & grilling' in the same sentence ... has been an unusual combination of words. No wonder lots of newer options such as outdoor induction cooking, teppan yakki, planchas... now steer many away from good old grilling.
It seems however that the good old BB Q is starting to fight back!
At SPOGA+GAFA in Germany last week Barbecook were showcasing Puuur, their newest design. It will be on sale in the US for next spring.
I picked up on the PUUUR because it has three great things going for it. One could hope this will be a mini game changer... so it is worth closer examination.
1/ At last an affordable minimalist design
It will retail at an unusually reasonable price (not public yet). Minimalist designs are generally very very expensive so this is very welcome news for design lovers on a budget! Again let us hope others follow Barbecook's lead here. Many small patio owners would love a cool, high performance BBQ but prices really prevent them from indulging in anything good looking. Oh... hmmm, yes, I am part of that group too!
2/ Looks & feel.
Puuur is probably in the vein of the old Evo Solo grills but it adopts that new, more fashionable, slightly less sleek and less cold design. If you follow design trends, you will have noticed that very strict sleek looks are out of fashion now. This design is rounder and softer to touch than usual minimalist stainless steel designs. And I am all for a softer touch.
The colors are also more new decade.
3/ Healthier grilling: designers to the rescue !
Last of all (and best of all) this new design aims to make grilling healthier.
The lid you see is called the 'deflector'. The 'lid' or reflector is designed to let smoke escape and provide a more healthy cooking experience as well as being a design feature.
Unlike most 'lids' it actually only covers part of the grill. The idea is that it works more to deflect the smoke and help it escape... versus classic lids that capture and almost seal the grill.
In the brand's words: 'It reflects the glow of the charcoals, so that dishes are cooked at the top and grilled at the bottom. “The reflector thus offers the advantages of a lid without any of the drawbacks. Instead of grilling in harmful smoke gases, you can enjoy super healthy dishes,”.
It will be interesting to see more BB Qs designed to be a little healthier. This is a great start!
And yes, it still makes sense, mid-September, to discuss BB Q's.
Autumn and winter BB Qs are fabulous too!