By Nan and Jan
Curious which tools food pros treasure the most in their gadget pantries? Jan and I are posing that question to food celebrities around the country and are reporting
back in this and future GadgetGals blogs.
They are known as the BBQ Queens. And for good reason. Tiara-wearing and tong-toting Judith Fertig and Karen Adler have competed—and beat out—some of the best guy grillers in the country—and
they’re a lot better looking! They didn’t have to wink twice when we asked them about their favorite gadget.
“The Oscarware Wok Topper for stir-grilling,” said Karen. “With it, you can cook a colorful assortment of small-cut veggies and seafood that might otherwise fall through your regular
grill grates. I bought one in 1992 and have been using it ever since. The porcelain-coated square metal basket has holes punched out of it and is large enough to easily stir and toss without having items fall out of the basket. One wok can hold enough to serve
two to four people. If you entertain a lot it’s worth buying a second one so you can stir-grill a bigger quantity at once.”
“We like to use a handful of several different vegetables, cut so they're of fairly similar size. Drizzle with a homemade or store bought vinaigrette. Place
the wok on a baking sheet. Pour the vegetables into the wok, letting a little of the vinaigrette drain off, and place directly over the fire. Toss the vegetables occasionally, grilling for about 5 to 10 minutes until vegetables are charry, crisp, and tender.
You can also place the wok over the fire to let it heat up, then add the veggies or tender seafood like shrimp or scallops. Heating up the wok first speeds the cooking up to a minute or two. And if you lightly spray it with non-stick spray on both sides
before grilling, clean up is a breeze. Even better, it goes in the dishwasher.”
Details: The OscarWare Gourmet Grill Wok (Model 06081P) is a porcelain-coated stainless steel 12-inch square with flared sides and hundreds
of evenly space holes. While there are other brands on the market, this is the ORIGINAL grill-wok, created by OscarWare owner and inventor Debra Dudley in 1992. It also is the ONLY brand made entirely in the USA. Available at amazon.com for $14.
Charred Green Beans
Adapted from The Gardener and The Grill cook book by the BBQ Queens.
1 1/2 pounds slender fresh green beans
2 teaspoons olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1. Prepare a hot fire in your grill.
2. Toss the beans with olive oil and place in a perforated grill wok set on a baking sheet. Place the grill wok directly over the fire and stir-grill, tossing
the beans with wooden paddles or grill spatulas until crisp-tender, about 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer the beans to a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Makes 8 to 10 servings.
Meet the BBQ Queens
Karen Adler and Judith Fertig have been spreading the sizzle about slow-smoked barbecue & hot and fast grilling in magazine and newpaper articles, cooking classes, television and radio
guest appearances, and special events. And they have finally figured out that their working tiaras made darn good sun visors, too, even if the rhinestones can be a little dazzling. In their newest book
The Gardener and the Grill (their ninth barbecue book written together), these fun friends take fresh foods from seed to sizzle, appetizers to desserts.