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Christmas Ideas for Foodies: The Orion Cooker

Always on the look out for new ways of preparing dead carcass I ran across this little gem.  The science is sound and the look is quite Star Trek-ish.  Now if the good folks at Orion are looking for a quasi-celebrity chef to endorse their product I may know someone who is up for the job.  Hint, hint.  Nudge, nudge, say nor more.

Here’s what they have to say about their new fangeled smokerizor thingy:

The Orion CookerThe Orion Cooker is a new, innovative outdoor convection cooker that uses three cooking processes simultaneously: convection, steam and smoke (if desired). This cooking process couldn’t be any easier and yields incredible results every time. Using 100% indirect heat to create a convection current, there is absolutely no cooking maintenance with drastically reduced cook times. When compared to traditional smokers, the Orion Cooker is unmatched in cooking speed. Smoke six racks of ribs in 1 hour and 15 minutes, or a twenty pound turkey in 2 hours and 15 minutes.

The Orion Cooker includes 3 rib hangers to accommodate 6 racks of ribs, 3 cooking grates providing 398 square inches of cooking surface, and a poultry stand and lifting handle which holds a 24 pound Turkey. Fantastic prime rib, beef brisket, Boston butt and seafood. Just fill it, fire it and forget it!

Orion Cooker Manual: Click here to download (PDF 1.44mb)
UPC code: 853998001012

Warranty: 3 Year Orion

PRODUCT WEIGHT COOK TIME*
Chicken 3-4 lbs. 1 hour 10 mins
Whole Turkey 20 lbs. 2 hours 15 mins
(7 mins per pound)
Whole Turkey 15 lbs 1 hour 45 mins
(7 mins per pound)
Prime Rib 7-8 lbs 1 hour 30 mins
(12-15 mins per pound)
Beef Brisket 6-7 lbs 3 hours
Beef Brisket 13-14 lbs 4 hours 30 mins
Baby Back Ribs 6 racks 1 hour 15 mins
Baby Back Ribs 3 racks 1 hour 10 mins
Pork Roast 7 lbs. 1 hour 15 mins
Boston Butt 5 lbs. 3 hours 30 mins
Boston Butts (2) 6-7 lb Butts 4 hours 30 mins
Pork Chops 1.5″ cut 35-40 mins
Salmon Filet 2-3 lbs. 30 mins
Chicken Wings 20 wings 45 mins
Chicken Wings 40 wings 1 hour

* Cooking times are approximate

NFNS 4 Marathon

Originally published December 31, 2008.

Well, it is News Year’s Eve and Food Network is passing the time by showing the entire fourth season of NFNS.  Now everyone who didn’t get to see how Kelsey, Lisa and Shane got screwed can watch it for themselves.  This way they can watch (SPOILER ALERT!) Aaron McCargo and wonder the same thing the rest of us did who watched the first time, “How the hell did this guy win?”

They also get to see Tuschman string Nipa along three or four episodes simply because there are 3 billion people in India, a virtually untapped market.  Granted Nipa is beautiful and very good at her cuisine but OMG!  I belive that “Nipa” is the Klingon word for deja vu.

You can now relish the quick exit of Kevin Roberts who referred to people who eat boxed mac and cheese as white trash in an interview in the push leading up to the beginning of the season.

Then there is Cory, the professional comedian, who wasn’t funny or even pleasurable to watch in anyway.  During her exploits in the first episode all I could think was there are thousands of qualified chefs (self included) who didn’t even get a casting call but you run over to the set of Last Comic Standing and say, “You, Cory, have you ever cooked anything before?  You have?  Cool come be on our show and make people laugh.”

Let us also not forget Mary Nolan?  What you don’t remember her from NFNS?  That’s because FN execs were so blown away by her interview that they just gave her a show without having to compete.  She was the actual winner of NFNS 4.

But my heart will always go out to Kelsey Nixon who blew away the competition every week and got let go because she was only 23 and Tuschman just didn’t think audiences would buy her as a food expert.  BTW, Mary Nolan was only 26.  During the season Food Network maintained an interactive fan poll and Nixon was far and away the big winner there.  Even today with FN rerunning the whole dog and pony show the hit to my site have been overwhelmingly from people searching the name Kelsey Nixon.  The stats?  Kelsey 21 hits, Big Daddy 5, Lisa Garza 4.

Oh and Adam Gertler who proved to be a poor cook but a great personality is getting his own show, Will Work For Food which will air in prime time as opposed to winner McCargo whose show Big Daddy’s House is buried in the no-man’s land of seldom watched Sunday morning programing.

And with NFNS 5 just around the corner I wonder what ploys we will have to endure this season in the name of ratings.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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