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Old 09-01-2016, 08:55 AM   #1
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Cobb BBQ - Cooking with a Cobb Barbecue

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What's a Cobb?
Hi, Jan. Thanks for asking. The Cobb is a very small, charcoal fired cooking device. There are several threads about its use, here on FiberglassRV.com. I would link to one of them, but the ones I looked at all kinda assumed you already know what it is.

There are also lots of videos on using them on YouTube. Basically, the Cobb was originally developed for use in Africa, where corncobs are a major source of fuel (wood and wood-derived charcoal being scarce in many areas of that continent). The firebox is relatively small, and the hot parts of the cooker are enclosed in a wire mesh that doesn't get hot, so it can be easily moved if needed, and is not likely to catch anyone's grass hut on fire.

Anyway, here's a YouTube link to Cooking with a Cobb Barbecue. Note: you can cook lots more than BBQ on a Cobb - in fact, it's not really the best grill for barbecuing, because the grease drips into the "moat" and avoids flame kissing the meat.
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Come visit the group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CobbCooking

Here's one of my many Cobb videos. Enjoy!

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This topic came up on another thread.

Hi, Jan. Thanks for asking. The Cobb is a very small, charcoal fired cooking device. There are several threads about its use, here on FiberglassRV.com. I would link to one of them, but the ones I looked at all kinda assumed you already know what it is.

There are also lots of videos on using them on YouTube. Basically, the Cobb was originally developed for use in Africa, where corncobs are a major source of fuel (wood and wood-derived charcoal being scarce in many areas of that continent). The firebox is relatively small, and the hot parts of the cooker are enclosed in a wire mesh that doesn't get hot, so it can be easily moved if needed, and is not likely to catch anyone's grass hut on fire.

Anyway, here's a YouTube link to Cooking with a Cobb Barbecue. Note: you can cook lots more than BBQ on a Cobb - in fact, it's not really the best grill for barbecuing, because the grease drips into the "moat" and avoids flame kissing the meat.
You might be interested to know that Cobb now offers a barbecue grill plate with holes all the way across it so that it does drip onto the coals. Go to firecraft.com to see it. They seem to offer the most complete line of accessories for the Cobb grill, with good prices and free shipping on orders over $99.
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Not my idea of what constitutes a barbecue.
It is merely just another overpriced small camp grill, and it is not at all a barbecue in the true sense of all that is decent and holy in barbecuing circles.
Grills create heat, specifically direct flame heat, as does this grill, whereas barbecues create low indirect heat. (The key words here to define a barbecue are "Low & Slow.") They're totally different cooking styles. Not saying it isn't a good little grill, but it is a grill. It is not, and never will be, a barbecue.
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Whether the Cobb is overpriced is a matter of opinion. I've used it for babequeing (low, slow, indirect), roasting, baking, smoking, and toasting (ok, marshmallows!). I can say with no reservation that the quality of construction, economy of cooking (normally using 8 briquettes) and versatility of the accessories makes this an incredible value, to me. Definitely not a gimmick and no, I don't own stock.
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I didn't say it was poorly made, but you aren't going to convince me that it is in any way a barbecue. If you like it, that's all that matters. As far as price, well, FWIW, I've been known to spend thousands on various cooking appliances and equipment, so price isn't an issue for me. If I want it, I buy it.
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Not my idea of what constitutes a barbecue.
It is merely just another overpriced small camp grill, and it is not at all a barbecue in the true sense of all that is decent and holy in barbecuing circles.
Grills create heat, specifically direct flame heat, as does this grill, whereas barbecues create low indirect heat. (The key words here to define a barbecue are "Low & Slow.") They're totally different cooking styles. Not saying it isn't a good little grill, but it is a grill. It is not, and never will be, a barbecue.
Overpriced? Considering that I can pick the thing up by the mesh-work wrapping the bottom while it's 400F inside the dome I'd say "Well Engineered Product". And that doesn't come cheap. Stainless steel and well machined parts.

BBQ? I've done a 4-hour low & slow smoke. Here's a video I made quite some time ago:

https://youtu.be/eZGJZLivD6o

By judicious positioning of coals and the various elements of the Cobb you can crank out darn near anything. Considering that the thing fits in a nice carrying bag, and that it uses hardly any fuel, I'd say it's a bargain. No, it's not a big-ass BBQ setup. But then, can you easily (emphasis on "easily") haul that around in your Scamp?
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Our favorite camping pizza is made on our Cobb. Something like this link but less fancy.

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One of my videos!
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Well, like I said earlier, if you're happy with it, that's all that matters. It just isn't something I would like as it doesn't meet my needs, mainly because it is so dinky. OK, so it's well made, but there's no getting away from it being only 12" around. What do you make on it, 2 pork chops? a handful of hot dogs? two burgers? I need a lot more grill room than it offers for my liking. But, please enjoy your Cobbs. I hope you all have many happy adventures with them. (Seriously, I'm not being a wise a$$ here.. I truly hope you enjoy them.)
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Way too small for me. I've settled on a Napoleon with two burners so I can cook indirect. Nice tall lid for whole chicken or beef roast.
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I've owned my Cobb for almost 15 years. When I bought mine, the base was plastic and cracked if left in direct sunshine. (I had to replace mine last year with the metal version. Also, when I bought mine, it was not promoted as a BBQ or Grill. It was called a Cobb Cooker. Mine serves as an oven while living in my Scamp. I also use a Weber Go Anywhere grill for grilling.
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I agree it's weird to promote it as a BBQ. The title of this thread is from the title of the YoutTube video...

I use my Cobb Cooker in the way others use a propane Coleman stove: I cook as much using the "wok" pan as I do any of the other accessoriess. YMMV, but I have personally always hated carrying the little propane canisters, plus our Coleman stove is a "lite line," which has practically no wind baffling. Rather than upgrade the Coleman, we got the Cobb.

I can cook just about anything inside our Escape 21, where I have 3 burners and an oven; but when I want to cook outdoors at the picnic table, the Cobb is a great solution... Unless we're camping with electric hookup, when I can (and do) use my electric skillet on a long extension cord.
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Yes, yes

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You might be interested to know that Cobb now offers a barbecue grill plate with holes all the way across it so that it does drip onto the coals. Go to firecraft.com to see it. They seem to offer the most complete line of accessories for the Cobb grill, with good prices and free shipping on orders over $99.
I do know about the new grill plate, and am on the Cobb Cooking Facebook group.
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