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Trader Vic's Chinese Oven BBQ (for home use)
mrsmiley
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From: Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 2011-02-20 8:30 pm   Permalink

After MANY years of dormancy, I used my Trader Vic's smoker for the first time tonight!

http://www.facebook.com/Mr.BruceSmiley/posts/10150092208318325?notif_t=like#!/photo.php?fbid=10150092397503325&set=a.277662743324.143033.578608324&theater



Who else has one? Did Beachbum Berry get the one off ebay in 2006(?) ? ....Update-It looks like Rum Num Davey bought it. I later searched CHINESE OVEN (as opposed to BBQ) on TC and found a couple thread of owners/past owners!
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TRADER VIC'S stuff for sale on EBAY 1957SPUTNIK
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MadDogMike
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2011-02-21 12:31 pm   Permalink

The smoke looks nice sitting there by the pool but howzabout some pics of the food!?

 
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2011-02-22 9:38 pm   Permalink

We already ate the Salmon at this point, but here are some Chicken and rib pictures!





PS- The Big Trader Vic's plate is for sale on eBay --see the link below in the signature!
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Tikiwahine
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From: Victoria, BC
Posted: 2011-02-22 9:41 pm   Permalink

Boy that looks tasty!

My husband keeps threatening to buy a big green egg, but that Trader Vic's jobbie is wayyyy cooler! SO happy to see one being used & enjoyed
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uncle trav
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Posted: 2011-02-23 04:36 am   Permalink

I wanted a Big Green Egg also until I saw how many big green dollars they cost How does the TV oven work? It looks very close to an average smoker.

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jokeiii
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Posted: 2011-02-23 06:58 am   Permalink

1- Recipes (in the recipe thread, don't anyone hollering) pretty please?

2- In lieu of the TV Chinese Ovens, I suggest the Weber Smokey Mtn. Cooker, which is +/- $200 on Amazon (and often dirt cheap on CL) and has plenty of capacity and, once the modest learning curve is scaled, is simple to use, with colossal online support.
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2011-02-23 08:38 am   Permalink

I think it TV Chinese Oven is meant as a combo smoker/oven. The ones in the restaurants always have a roaring fire and any entree I order only takes about 25 minutes. Sure, it is possible they have half-cooked the item (apparently a common Chinese restaurant technique) or I am getting an entree that was placed in there a few hours ago, but I don't think so. Does anyone know the TV cooking technique?
What I do know about the home Version of the Chinese Oven, is that it is VERY adaptable. It has a grease pan below(see hanging image) is has air vents on both ends (to increase or decrease temperature if needed) and a smoke vent at the top incase you want it less smoky. Also, the fire box tray can be slid closer to the chimney if needed (also for temperature control and faster cooking).
These are all observations-I didn't get an owners manual!
Any input would be greatly appreciated. As for recipes, they included some strange incredients like Shasta Tiki Punch. I will have to ask Billy the Crud-as he threw the marinades together.


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-02-23 08:45 am   Permalink

Cool! The meat hangs instead of laying flat on a grill - hmmmm? Was the salmon strong enough to hang also, seems it would flake apart when cooked.

Those are ZAZZ pictures Mr Smiley!


 
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2011-02-23 10:28 am   Permalink

Hi, we put the salmon in a "fish basket" and hung that. I should have sprayed "pam" on the basket-the skin stuck to the basket!

 
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mr_retro
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Posted: 2011-02-23 11:25 am   Permalink

I wish someone would re-issue this TV Chinese Oven.
I really want one bad!


 
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Trad'r Bill
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Posted: 2011-02-23 2:12 pm   Permalink

Cool oven mrsmiley. It looks to be in very good shape... I still have a dream to build my own restaurant-style oven someday:



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Mr. NoNaMe
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Posted: 2011-02-23 2:29 pm   Permalink

Bill, yer a dirty stinker. I been tryin to get my scanner working for the last half hour.



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Hakalugi
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Posted: 2011-02-23 3:03 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-02-20 20:30, mrsmiley wrote:
....Update-It looks like Rum Num Davey bought it. ...




Just don't desecrate yours the way Rum Numb Davey did...






 
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2011-02-25 9:46 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-02-23 15:03, Hakalugi wrote:
Quote:

On 2011-02-20 20:30, mrsmiley wrote:
....Update-It looks like Rum Num Davey bought it. ...




Just don't desecrate yours the way Rum Numb Davey did...








OOF! At least the original Trader Vic's was in Oakland , and he is buried in Oakland so the Raiders do have some connection!!


 
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Tiki Hekele
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Posted: 2011-02-26 11:11 am   Permalink

I would love to find one of those smokers for sale! It's almost grilling time.

 
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