“ Brand: Revolution / Type: Barbecue Fish Grilling Accessory / Type: Grill „
I love to cook fish on a BBQ, especially something like a whole trout. But, cooking fish on a BBQ can be very difficult and tricky. You go to turn it over and the skin sticks to the grill, causing it to break apart as you try to cook and turn it. So you have to be especially careful when trying to cook it through. But then I came across this Revolution Fish Grill for £6.50 in a local DIY store, and thought that it could prove top be a useful addition to my BBQ tools.
The grill itself is made up of 2 chrome plated metal wire grill plates that are hinged at one end, with handles out of the other end. The main plate has the longer of the 2 handles and finishes with a plastic moulded safe grip handle on the end. As you close the plates together, the other plate with the shorter handle closes so that the 2 handles come together. You then have a metal ring which slides over the 2 handles to keep them closed during the cooking process.
The idea in use is to place your fish between the 2 grill plates, which are slightly concave to accommodate the fish, and close the handles together and lock them in position using the ring provided. You can then place the whole lot on the BBQ to cook. The beauty of it is that you can easily turn the whole fish over (by just turning the grill) to ensure even cooking throughout. The handle is long enough to allow you to keep a sufficient distance away from the heat to stop you burning yourself, and once cooked through, you simply open up the grills and serve your fish. To clean, you can just put the whole grill in to the dishwasher, which is a lot simpler than trying to put your BBQ grill in to the wash.
Of note, you are not merely confined to just cooking whole fish with this grill. Through experimentation, I have also managed to cook chicken pieces with this, and other cuts of fish. It seems to work well with whatever you put into it because it holds everything together during the cooking process and stops it sticking to the main BBQ grill and falling apart.
Negative points? The main issue I find is that this Fish Grill appears to be more suited to the smaller varieties of fish. If you try and do a whole trout, and it is a larger trout, you may struggle to get it all in between the grills. OK, you can just cut the head and tail off and just cook the body, but sometimes it looks nicer to serve the whole thing, with the head and tail, on a plate when cooked. You can also do cuts of fish in this grill, but again, you have to aim for the smaller sizes if you want to fit them in.
Another issue is that unless you are BBQ'ing for one, you will often find that you may need to use 2 of these grills together. OK, more of a matter of personal preference, but often, if we decide to have trout on the BBQ, the wife and I will have one fish each. But with this grill, you can only do one at a time on the BBQ. So someone has theirs cooked first, whilst the other person waits, which isn't always convenient. You could buy 2 separate grills, but that increases the cost. Perhaps a much better idea would be to have a twin fish grill so that you could cook 2 together in one go, but as yet, I've still yet to find anything like that.
In summary, this is a very good idea for anyone wanting to cook a whole fish on a BBQ because it allows you to hold everything together, and be able to easily turn it over during the cooking process. With a bit of imagination, you can also cook other items in this, such as chicken pieces, demonstrating the versatility of this grill. But the space provided between the grills is rather small, restricting in some way the size of what you can cook. Hence, balancing everything up, I consider that this Revolution Fish grill justifies a 4 star recommendation.
My husband is a big BBQ fanatic, we just need a hint of sun and he is firing up the BBQ to cook the dinner on. He was brought up in South Africa where BBQing is commonplace so I guess that this is why.
Last year I bought him some decent BBQing tools, and this Revolution Fish Grill was one of the many items that I bought. The reason I chose the fish grill is that although my husband does like to do chargrilled fish on the BBQ, I absolutely hate fish and so he was never allowed to do fish on the BBQ because of my fear of cross contamination.
Although this is primarily designed to hold fish, it will also hold meat such as steaks, pork steaks, chicken breasts etc. We have used this for both fish and meat with no problems at all. I especially like the fact that by keeping the fish contained within the fish grill it doesn't touch or contaminate any other foods and so we can now do a selection of meat and fish on our BBQ. Most fish appears to be quite tender and seems to fall apart quite easily, by keeping the fish 'trapped' in the fish grill it eliminates this problem when BBQing fish, the whole fillet of fish stays in one piece whilst cooking.
This fish grill is really easy to use, just pop the fish or the meat inside the tray, close the other side of the tray, 'the lid' I guess, close the little fastening catch and then it's good to go. Just place the rack on the BBQ and then turn the whole rack when you want to turn fish or meat and cook the other side. My husband does chargrilled salmon the most frequently using the fish grill, and I know from cooking this under the grill for him myself how tender this is and how easily it can fall apart. Not so when cooked in the fish grill, it turns out perfectly, and it stays in one piece.
The fish grill has a long soft grip handle, which providing you keep the handle away from the hot coals on the BBQ does stay cool enough to handle and touch. The handle does have a hanging hole for easy storage, we just hang it from the hooks on the side of our BBQ when not in use.
The fish grill is dishwasher safe, I always put ours in the dishwasher after each use, I have to say though that it doesn't always come up perfectly clean, depending on how dirty it was. Sometimes it does need another go around in the dishwasher to come up completely clean.
I would absolutely reccomend this fish grill to anyone, we bought ours from a local garden centre, and I think that it was around £10.00. Ours has had lots of use, well as much use as a British summer will allow!, and it will certainly continue to get lots more use. An absolutely brilliant buy, especially as it has solved my cross contamination fears!
The Revolution Fish Grill was designed to help you cook fish on the BBQ or under the grill without it falling apart and flaking. You place your fish fillet or whole fish onto the wire rack and close the two pieces together to hold the fish securely in place, then place the Fish Grill onto the BBQ.
The handles are made of a soft plastic but aren't heatproof so you need to make sure you position it so that they aren't over the BBQ flame, they get a bit warm while in use but not hot enough to burn your skin.
The grill holds the fish securely and the slide fastening makes it easy to cooke fish and meat of varying thicknesses. I usually use mine for fish but my husband used it to cook some pork steaks and those cooked well even though they were quite thick. The best thing for me is that this Fish Grill makes turning the fish fillets much easier as all you've got to do is flip it using the handle, instead of trying to use a spatula and losing some of your meal because fish is so flakey that I always end up dropping pieces through the gaps in the BBQ rack. The mesh is perfect on the Fish Grill and it keeps the flesh of the fish compact to prevent me losing or dropping any.
I wash this in the dishwasher because it's fiddly to wash up by hand as the wire gets bits of fish and meat fat stuck to it, the dishwasher makes it sparkle in one cycle but it takes a long time to hand wash and even then I'm never sure that it's properly clean.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
~A fishy little BBQ grill~
As summer approaches all be it rather too slowly, thoughts of impending warm summer days bring along the idea that summer party and BBQ time will soon be upon us and with that in mind I have suggested a number of items as review subjects that I have found of help when cooking up a sizzling hot BBQ meal. The idea of having something as simple as this BBQ fish grill that can be used with a variety of smaller whole fish such as trout, sea bream, snapper etc to achieve a nice BBQd effect is a good idea when used with care. All that is needed in order to use the grill is a nice freshly prepared and seasoned fishy, which can then be placed inside and cooked with ease once you become accustomed to using the fish grill.
~How to prepare the grill for use~
The fish grill is easy to use if you take care to pick a fish that is of a size suited to the size of the grill plates. To use the grill you need to give it a quick rinse over making sure that there is no residue from previous uses remaining on the business end of the grill. Once the grill has been rinsed and dried I like to cut a lemon in half then take the cut side of the lemon and rub that across the grids that make up the grill faces as well as the outside of the metal grids. The reason for doing this is that it can help to ensure that the cooking surface of the grill is nice and clean and ready to use, whilst taking away that nasty metallic taste that can remain on BBQd food very often if it comes into contact with metal parts of skewers or grills that have not been prepared correctly. Using the side of a cut lemon will most certainly help to neutralize any metallic taste and stop it ruining you nicely BBQd food items.
~OK fish face, how do you use this?~
Once the grill has been prepared all that you need to do is take your fresh fish that has been brushed with a light olive oil, sea salt, pepper and lemon marinade, then place it onto the grill which needs to be opened and laid flat on top of a clean well sized chopping board. Once the position of the fish is good, you can close the other side of the grill down over the top and secure it with the small metal closure piece which is fitted to the business end of the grill handle. The fish grill is secured via a hinge at the centre and the metal closure which you fit in place and this should ensure a nice secure fit that means your fish won't slip out when flipping it over from time to time when in use to get a nice evenly cooked finish. When ready to cook your fish, the grill can be placed across the top of the BBQ and the plastic coated handle can be used to turn the grill when needed with no fear that the fish will slip out of the grill.
The handle on this grill is a nice thick easy to grip handle which is made from a smooth surfaced plastic, which also has a hanging hole fitted at the end that can be used to hang up your grill when is not in use if wanted. The metal parts of the grill are coated to give a silver chromed effect and these will dull and fade over time with some darkening of certain parts where they have been in contact with sustained heat from the BBQ coals. This is to be expected with this type of item and is no reason to think that the item has been made from cheap materials. The centre of the grill where the two sides meet each other is hinged for ease of use when opening and closing the grill and this part works as it should.
~Cleaning after use~
Cleaning the grill is very important as it will prolong its life and you should always make sure that you give the grill a clean soon after use rather than allow it to sit there with any food residue drying up on the grill grids as these will become harder to remove. The best way to deal with dried or BBQd on food residue is to soak the grill for a short while in warm soapy water, then brush or sponge off any food residue, rinsing everything off in clean water when ready. Make sure to dry the whole thing thoroughly after cleaning as this will stop any rusting of the metal parts of the grill.
~What not to use this with~
This fish shaped grill is not suited to cooking large fillets or cuts of fish such as swordfish, tuna steaks, or salmon steaks, as these are not fish shaped when prepared and will not sit in the space provided at all well. Using a grill like this one to cook these kinds of foods will result in poor finished results. It is best to purchase a larger rectangular burger grill for those types of cuts as they will sit more comfortably and cook better given a more even end result.
~Price and rating~
The cost of these BBQ fish grills can vary depending on where you buy them from and very often the best time to buy them is at the end of the summer when all kinds of BBQ related items are reduced to less than half their original selling prices. This grill can sell for as little as £4.99 at the end of the season or as much as £9.99 in peak times, so best advice is to try to buy when prices are at their cheapest. As far as rating the grill I feel it deserves a 4 star product rating as it can be a very useful item to have as it makes cooking a whole fish on the BBQ much easier to do.