Cadac or bbq

MarkJ

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I have hardly cooked a meal inside my van this year on the cooker I have various plates for the cadac safari chef 2 and use it to cook tea and breakfast and also pizza I bought the small paella pan and it is ace and the wife says so easy to clean I have also made a set of extending legs so it is at waist height
I’d pay good money for those leg extenders. Or at least, I would have done if I hadn’t just bought a cheap table specially for mine.
 

Trigger

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I have had just about every Barbi ever made over the years, I use a large Charcoal Barbi at home in my garden , best taste is Charcoal, but in the van I like to keep things simple my favourite barbi /grill is a simple Gaz bottle with a burner atop and a cast iron plate to cook on various size plates, all one has to wash up after stuffing ones self with food and wine is the cast iron plate, simples, in order not to have to buy Gaz in bottles I made up a barbi using the Spanish Paella burner and use a cast Iron plate on that , which I can run from my vans refillable bottles ,but that is a lot of faffing about assembling it so I tend to stick with the Gaz burner I have a wheel hub cap type cooking plate that also fits the burner if I fancy a change, note the toilet type Barbi that I spotted on line some time ago. The Aluminium wind guard I made has enough space in it to take 2 barbis of the same type if I want to cook a lot of stuff at one go.
 

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rugbyken

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my gas barbi is actually a pizza oven came with a pizza stone & cast iron griddle plate it’s done stirling service for the last four years even cooking wully’s inch thick tomahawk steaks it’s quick & convenient but you can’t beat the flavour of a charcoal grill
 

Trotter

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I bought a cadac last year and I absolutely hate it I only bought it coz everyone was bumming them up but in my opinion they more or less cook the food by frying it not barbecuing for flavour or texture. The least the wee bit of wind and the temperature drops put a decent size bit of meat on and the temperature drops I’ve tried to stick with it because it was expensive but I’ve made my mind up I’m going to buy a decent charcoal barbecue a Webber or something I can cook with wood and charcoal on to get a bit of flavour in to the food. Sorry if that sound negative but I love barbecuing and the cadac just doesn’t do it for me.
I’ll try to forget being downwind of your barbecue at Wellington. Unfortunately I reckon it’s something that will live with me forever.?
 

nickvanbitz

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Have one of the original Safari Chef's and still going strong. Seriously thinking of changing to the new Cadac that is the 2 burner hob (2-Cook 2) with the griddle and flat plate attachments, or to the new Safari Chef but buy the pizza stone as we do like making pizzas. Wife cannot decide which as she likes me using a pizza stone when cooking them.
 

Tezza33

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I have a Cadac Carri Chef2 and use a pizza stone, it does an excellent job so I think the safari chef2 with a pizza stone would be as well, the difference with a pizza cooked on a stone is amazing
 

Burgo

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Just telling the truth all gas barbecues are rubbish it’s not really barbecuing it’s just cooking food outside. I’m positive
True you can't beat charcoal. But we have to use the cadac most of the time as most sites in summer here in Spain don't allow charcoal bbqs because of fire risk, so it's Hobson:'s Choice.
 

GMJ

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We have 2 CADACs - one for the MH and one at home. Aside from standard BBQing in the evening (meat, fish and veggies like peppers) I also cook a full breakfast on it as a treat when away.

Using the pot stand it comes with I also cook chilli; spag bol; and curry (Mrs GMJ usually cooks the rice or pasta in the MH). These are great meals to do when abroad using cheap local produce and only use one pot (an old wok) so cut down on washing up too!

I take the point regarding charcoal BBQ's being more authentic but having the CADAC and plugging it into the side of the MH is so much more easier/quicker when touring plus you don't have any issues with local rules regarding charcoal, as stated.

Graham
 

rugbyken

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when mine eventually gives up the ghost i will buy a double gas ring and aluminium griddle plate cheap light easy etc
 

jagmanx

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The cadac grill plate is ribbed one side and smooth plain the other.
That might work OK maybe use a teflon baking sheet as well and obviously the lid.
We use the flat side 90% of the time. The main faff is getting the BBQ horizontal but a small level and cardboard wedges help.
We do not use the legs but stand the cadac on a kitchen stool with makes everything more stable (apart from the cook).
We grill various vegetables including slices potatoes so it is often a 3 courses as regards cooking.
 

Wully

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I have one of them too that one works better than the big cadac folds away nice and neat and easy to clean. But it’s not a bbq in the food never gets near the flame.
 
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