If you’ve never heard of Cobb cooking you’re in for a treat! Man has been cooking over fire for thousands of years and over that time many different types of cooking pots and ovens came into being. At the peak of all these millennia of design comes the Cobb oven and grill. Produced by Cobb America it is a small portable cooking stove that takes advantage of modern design technology. The fire of ages past is still there, but in the form of charcoal briquettes, and the ‘cooking pot’ or ‘oven’ is still there in the shape of a very lightweight stainless steel cooking unit. Cobb cooking is here.
The compact size of the Cobb and its light weight, about 8.5 pounds means that it is as happy at home under your cooker hood as it is when camping or boating.
Cobb cooking is a pleasure. I first saw the Cobb cooking on a camping vacation where a neighbour was using one. We got chatting and I was just so impressed with its versatility. I was tempted to find a stockist and buy one then, but instead left it until after the holiday.
My first attempt at Cobb cooking was a family BBQ for 6 people. The Cobb was the centre of attention and the food was amazing. It wasn’t easy to believe just how little charcoal I used either, only 8 briquettes for over 2 hours cooking time. I don’t know how many Cobb’s have sold as a result of that BBQ but I do know of at least three locally. What a piece of kit it is.
One of the most surprising aspects of the Cobb is that it can also be used successfully for slow cooking, simply by reducing the amount of charcoal in the bottom. It will perform very happily with only 2 or 3 briquettes as long as they are properly alight first. You can also use the Cobb for smoking fish and various other meats. I would point out that if you are smoking fish please be aware that the fish should have been previously frozen at -15c for several hours, or, if the fish is freshly caught, make sure that during smoking the fish heats to a point where the meat lifts off the bone. This will destroy any harmful parasites.
The internal temperatures that the Cobb achieves are about 500 degrees Fahrenheit, or 260 degrees centigrade. This is comparable to a domestic oven and makes Cobb cooking a delight.