A few months ago, I moved into my house, which was highly gratifying. My property is situated in an area called New Port Quays approximately 5 miles (8km) from Adelaide CBD (Central Business District). This landmark development dates back to 2007 and was well ahead of its time. The home I bought was part of phase one. Even though the design of the residence is quite progressive it lacked a lot of the integral features of phases 2 and 3. For example, there’s no built-in outdoor kitchen, which is imperative for outdoor living. The other factor is limited space, so I needed to find a compact solution. Fortunately, I discovered an unbelievable product called the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal 4K.
In the UK Heston Blumenthal is a really big deal and that’s why he was awarded an OBE for his services to British Gastronomy. As well as British TV series and successful advertising campaigns he also is the owner of a three Michelin star restaurant called the ‘Fat Duck’. Certainly, I am a fan of his multi-sensory cooking style of cooking. That’s why I was interested to discover that he’d collaborated with Everdure on a stylish range of barbeques. The flagship model is an electric ignition charcoal outdoor grill called the 4K. The name denotes a product like this that has been 4,000 years in development.
Recently, I was fortunate enough to get hold of a 4K for review purposes. When the unit arrived, it required a bit of assembly but was relatively easy due to the YouTube video. Certainly, this is the best-looking barbeque or Kamado I’ve ever seen. Aesthetically, it has a really cool retro appearance and is ideal for small outdoor spaces. I opted for the mint green model but there are also many other colours like graphite, orange, red and white within the range depending on your preference.
As well as being visually stunning the 4K is highly easy to use. Impressively the barbeque has a central LED digital touch screen panel for ease of operation. This includes details like temperature data, a timer and quick start charcoal ignition. Therefore, you can control all of the function at the touch of your fingertips. For this particular model, there is also a useful app you can load to enable Bluetooth Connectivity. Other stylish features include a self-locking double-walled hood, side loading charcoal hatch and two airflow controls. Ultimately this means you can regulate the temperature.
The 4K is a delightful addition to any home, especially if you have limited space. I found the cooking process was very easy and the 4 probes are an ingenious idea. I cooked a couple of pork fillets using briquettes made from olive pips. In the liquid container, I used pear cider to infuse the meat. Once the internal temperature had reached it optimum temperature the App sent me a notification. Certainly, I’m no Heston Blumenthal but the results were pretty impressive. Also cleaning the barbeque after use was pretty straightforward and wasn’t particularly time-consuming.
In conclusion, I feel the 4K is an excellent barbeque for more confined spaces. For example, if you own a townhouse or apartment this the ideal choice. In my opinion, this is also the best looking charcoal outdoor cooker/grill I’ve seen. With the electric ignition, it’s also the easiest to use and even absolute beginners can get outstanding results. With the App, you can navigate through useful tips and recipes from the maestro (Heston Blumenthal) himself.