Barbecuers find themselves in pig heaven

June 30, 1996|By Mary Gottschalk | Mary Gottschalk,KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE

Who says barbecuing has to be routine? It's anything but, if you use a barbecue in the shape of a big pink pig.

Manufactured by Traeger Products in Mount Angel, Ore., it's made of solid steel with a hard, heat-resistant coating that keeps its color when properly cared for. It's large enough to cook two 20-pound turkeys at the same time and works as a barbecue, convection oven or smoker, depending on how you set its high-tech controls.

If used properly, it can cook without any emissions at all, and its safety features prevent flare-ups or explosions.

The pink pig barbecue is $1,159. You can obtain a brochure and information on Traeger's line of cookers ranging from $699 to $1,395 by calling (800) 872-3437.

Gingham flatware

The perfect utensils for barbecues, picnics and alfresco dining are gingham-patterned ones with acrylic handles and steel implements. The flatware, available in red, blue or green checks, is $49.95 for a 40-piece service for eight; $74.95 for a 60-piece service for 12; or $98.95 for an 80-piece service for 16. Order it through the Ross-Simons Gift & Home Collection catalog, which is free on request by calling (800) 348-4414.


Whether you're looking to roast bell peppers, teriyaki chicken or beef kebabs, you'll enjoy whimsical skewers made by Progressive International. The hand-painted ceramic handles are in the shape of an eggplant, an ear of corn, a bell pepper and a chili, and the skewer itself is heavy-gauge stainless steel. They measure 15 inches, including the head, and are priced at $25 for a set of four. You'll find them at selected T.J. Maxx stores, or you can mail-order them by calling West 175 at (800) 288-7834 and asking about item No. BBQ-500.

On the Home Front Elizabeth Large is on vacation. On the Home Front will return July 7.

Pub Date: 6/30/96

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