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(Tom Wharton | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Cancooker and Plank are two tools that make barbecuing a bit easier.
Here’s what’s cookin’ at Salt Palace barbecue show
Barbecue » From protective mats to the Mercedes of grills, products fire up private show.
First Published Mar 07 2014 09:17 am • Last Updated Mar 07 2014 04:49 pm

With apologies to Motley Crüe, the theme song of the Heart, Patio and Barbecue Expo that ends Saturday at the Salt Palace Convention Center might be "Grills, Grills, Grills."

About 350 vendors set up shop in the exhibition hall for a three-day, not-open-to-the-public trade show dedicated to all things grilling, barbecuing, smoking, fire and patios.

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The aisles were filled with barbecue grills of all shapes, sizes and styles, with appliances, utensils, fireplaces, and all sorts of products to service them.

Here are 10 interesting products seen at the Expo:

Grillerette » This is a small barbecue appliance from The Netherlands expected to retail for around $149. It is designed to use a tiny amount of charcoal and not flare up so it can be used inside or out as a small barbecue grill. For more information, go to www.grillerette.com.

Seasoned to Go » A plastic, floatable kit filled with different essential barbecue spices. Future kits will be released for making Bloody Mary drinks or batter. Prices for the kit begin at $34.99. Log on to www.seasonedtogo.com.

Kamado Rocket » Based on 2,000-year-old Japanese technology, this grill bills itself as the most advanced cooking system in the world. The larger model, which is constructed in Las Vegas, sells for $3,200 while a smaller model is available for $1,900. The grill can cook with all types of fuel and can use gas to assist in lighting charcoal or wood or be used itself. It can operate at 150 to 800 degrees Fahrenheit or more and includes side tables, upper cooking rack, a pizza stone, double cooking grate for use with a Dutch oven, pin cushion rib rack, meat hanger assembly, and rod fire box. The outside is made of tiles with different colors to choose from. For information, go to www.kamadorocket.com.

A-Maze-N-Tube » This smoke pope can be used to add smokey flavor with a gas grill, pellet smoker or for cold smoking. Retail prices start at $24.99 online at www.amazenproducts.com.

Hephaestus Patio-Pro » An all-in-one barbecue system that offers users a barbecue, water smoker, grill, pizza oven, and fire pit and uses wood or charcoal. Cost is $3,5000. For information, log on to www.hephaestusbbq.com.

Fire Pit Frontier » This outdoor oven can be used with either gas or wood, a nice feature when pollution is bad along the Wasatch Front. It can bake a pizza in 90 seconds at 800 degrees, or cool down to bake bread. It can work as a convection oven to grill things such as scallops or salmon. It is made of stucco and river rock and with a copper roof. For information, log on to www.firepieovens.com.

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Original Grill Pad Splatter Mat » A protective matt constructed from flexible cement placed under gas grills on decks to prevent stains and fires on patios. Prices begin at $34.95. For information, log on to www.grillpad.com.

Great Scrape » This is a wooden barbecue cleaning tool designed as an alternative to the wire brush. It customizes to individual grills, and the solid red oak device costs between $24.95 and $39.95, depending on the size. For information, log on to www.thegreatscrape.com.

Fire Fishin’ » This is a new take on traditional marshmallow or hot stock sticks used to roast over fires. It works like a jigging fishing rod, with the ability to flip hot dogs or marshmallows on their opposite side with the flick of the wrist. Cost is $24.99. For information, log on to www.auspitbbq.com.

CanCooker » These large pots are designed to cook anything on any type of flame. The large one sells for $99.99 while the smaller more popular version sells for $59.99. The company also introduced a portable cutting board called The Plank at the show, which can be used for camping, at home or on a patio as a cutting board. They sell for between $17.99 and $49.99, depending on the size. For information, log on to www.cancooker.com.


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