The Lotus Grill is a stunning bit of kit that we were excited to get our hands on. One of the joys of camping for me, is al fresco cooking and dining. I love the simplicity of cooking over an open fire or BBQ, and we’ve tried lots of different camping grills and BBQs over the years, read on to find out how the Lotus Grill measured up.
The Lotus Grill from Cuckooland.com is an award winning, portable smokeless BBQ. It has a battery-powered built in fan, which constantly supplies the charcoal with air and cooks smoke free. The Lotus Grill is also quick, ready to cook on in just 3-4 minutes.
We immediately loved the fact that the grill comes in a sturdy carry bag, making it supremely portable and ideal for camping. We don’t usually ‘do’ instructions, but due to the unusual design of the Lotus Grill, we thought it would be prudent to do so. The instructions are tucked away in a little pocket inside the carry case, and we found them very clear and easy to follow and in just a couple of minutes, we had the grill lit.
One of the big benefits of the grill is that it reaches cooking temperature in well under 5 minutes, so you don’t need to sit around for ages waiting for coals to turn white in order to start cooking.
The grill cooked evenly and it cooked a lot. We used the grill for 4 adults, and cooked 4 quarter pounder burgers, 2 large pieces of salmon, 4 prawn skewers and 4 chicken breasts and corn on the cob. Pretty impressive considering the item is so compact.
The food all stayed juicy, and because the temperature is more even, we didn’t get the usual hot spots that cause the burning, that you get with a normal coal BBQs. The central part of the grill is brilliant for searing food, and there was something quite gratifying about seeing all the fat from the burgers and salmon collect in the bottom of the grill. Fat is kept away from the burning coals, which means there is very little smoke generated, making the grill pleasant to use.
Cleaning the grill was also really easy to do. We left it to cool down outside for a couple of hours before unclipping the grill and washing it. Because it is all stainless steel, hot soapy water was sufficient. I only wish I had a dishwasher, because amazingly, the Lotus Grill is dishwasher safe.
Getting The Grill Started
- You start by taking the grill off (which easily unclips), and remove the central brazier.
- Fill the brazier with charcoal and squirt a ring of lighter gel on the bottom plate.
- Turn the convection fan on to full and use a match or lighter to set the gel alight.
- Once this is lit, place the brazier over the top, then clip the grill back into place.
- Wait a couple of minutes for the charcoal to catch, and start cooking!
Lotus Grill BBQ Pictures
The Lotus Grill is available in a range of gorgeous colours, of course I opted for the fab plum purple colour
Super clear instruction booklet included and stowed away in the carry case.
A ring of lighter gel to get the grill started.
The central brazier where the charcoal is contained.
Food cooking on the grill.
Would We Recommend It?
Yes. The Lotus Grill is beautiful, well made, easy to use, easy to clean and comes in a sturdy carry case, making it ideal for cooking whilst camping.
A big thank you to Cuckooland.com who supplied the Lotus Grill for us to field test.