It's Friday 27th May and I'm on my way to Pub In The Park Wimbledon to support Charlie Ovens, a new British company making charcoal & wood fuelled outdoor ovens. These pieces of kit are absolutely fantastic and come in a wide range of eye catching colours (they can also make custom designs if needed). They are made in Nottingham and are constructed of steel and are heavily insulated. They come in at a whopping 230kg which means they have some incredible thermal properties, we had these lit from 10:00 to 22:00 and used just 4kg of charcoal through the day with the ovens running from 110c up to 200+c for the entire day needing just a handful of charcoal throughout the day to maintain the temperatures.
I first saw these ovens on stage at last years Meatopia (2021) being used throughout the day and I thought they looked so different. Rather than being called a BBQ, its labelled as an outdoor oven or an aga for outside, you really can cook anything from super low temperatures 50-60c all the way up to pizza's at 300-400c quite easily.
The premise of the day was that I would come along and cook up a whole load of different dishes to show off what the oven can do and to generate some recipe ideas and interest from the public.
We certainly put the oven through its paces with grilling, smoking, barbecue, direct / indirect cooking throughout the day. I really liked how deep the Charlie is, you can easily fit in a 28 litre gastronorm pan into the oven so they are a lot deeper than you might initially think.
Roast Dinner Crumpets
Vietnamese Summer Rolls
Savoury Polenta Cake
Ex-Dairy Beef Short Rib Ramen
Hasselback Butternut Squash
Pulled Chuck Tacos
I was really impressed with the Charlie oven through the days cooking. The temperatures were really stable and we used only 4kg charcoal cooking a number of different dishes over the course of 12 hours.