The Evolution of the TurboGrill™
American Grill Revolution is proud to announce its initial product, the TurboGrill™. The TurboGrill™ is a kit that you assemble and then attach to most Weber style kettle grills which will allow your food to rotate over hot and cold heat zones while cooking. This not only keeps the food from burning, but also creates an exceptionally juicy and flavorful final result.
The concept for a rotating grill driven by the heat of the coals, came to my brother Michael over Christmas 2016 when he saw a Christmas Candle Carousel (like the one to the left). Like most good ideas; it was a flash in the pan. He immediately recognized it as a heat driven engine that could be adapted to rotate a BBQ grill.
As he researched the idea further, he found that the Germans had been using a rotating grill, suspended from a tripod, for decades. It is called a Schwenker (means to swivel). The Germans put swivel bearings on them and spin the grill, by hand, while cooking.
Legend has it that this style of cooking came to the Saarland and Rheinland Pfalz areas of Germany from South America. The region's Agate cutters had to travel abroad for their supplies as the local deposits became depleted in the early 19th Century.
The quality of the food the Germans were making on the Schwenker were impressive. It became apparent that the rotation of the grill was what kept the food moist and gave such a consistent result with the most minimal of effort. It was not a totally unique idea but he knew he could improve on the concept, and design a more modern up-to-date rotation system.
After the first prototype was completed, it was good enough to connect up to a grill and see if it functioned correctly. The blades rotated nicely with just half of the fire pit covered in coals. The first burgers were amazing.
As the design matured, the goal was to keep the final product portable, compact, easy to ship and store; and crafted from the latest state-of-the-art materials. What you see today is the culmination of 6 months of prototyping, testing and tasting. Those who have tested the prototype have become huge fans.
Today, Schwenkers have spread across the world. In Cameroon, people put bananas on the schwenker — which is quite exotic. And in Japan, for example, people put octopus. In Israel, they actually put the whole pita bread, filled with hummus, eggplant, cabbage, salad, mango hot sauce, and eggs; wrapped in aluminum foil on the Schwenker. You can Schwenk almost anything.
American Grill Revolution will be adopting these recipes and more into a magazine in the future to get you rocking on your TurboGrill™ in style.
You'll be amazed at how the TurboGrill™ will help you produce a great BBQ event with the least amount of effort and the most amount time for socializing.
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