Grilled with a FireWire (186/366)

“Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.”
~ Thomas Carlyle


I’ve always liked kebabs – I think it’s fun to be able to have your combination of meat and veggies all stacked up (and cut up for you) and then neatly delivered to your plate from the grill – no knife and fork needed!  I don’t know why, but I’ve never really liked using bamboo skewers – they tend to splinter and sometimes break on you, and I’ve always liked the idea of reusable ones anyway.  The metal ones I’ve always had before are too thick, so they make huge holes in the veggies, so stuff always ends up falling off them, and when you take them off the grill, they’re SCORCHING hot and dangerous until they cool down, which takes a long time.

We were just in a Hallmark store when these caught our eye – they’re basically, a skewer with a long, flexible stainless steel cable attached to grill kebabs on, instead of those other honkin’ huge metal ones I’ve had.  These FireWires are thin and flexible, but sturdy, and the loops at the end of each FireWire are meant to be kept off the heat, so there’s a cool handle to grab, plus the length of the wire makes for lots and lots of goodies skewered onto these things.  YES!

We went to the grocery store and got a bunch of veggies and some meat to grill up.  Yum!  We cut everything and marinated it for a bit, while we got the charcoal going.  Love that charcoal chimney!

Skewering the pieces was really easy.  The skewer on each FireWire is like a thermometer – not too sharp, like other kebab skewers I’ve used (scary!) – I think they usually make those sharp because the skewers are usually so HUGE.  Since these are thinner, the thermometer-type tip was just right.  This was great!

On they go.  They fit perfectly, and seriously – look at all the food we were able to put on here.  That’s like 16 kebabs!

After these cooked for a bit, I realized there might be some cold spots in the grill, so voila, I was able to fold the FireWires to utilize the cooking area better.  This was so awesome.  Using tongs, I was even able to flip these without much hassle.  I’m so used to items falling off the kebab sticks when I try to turn them!  Also, since the loops at the end are flexible cable, we were able to close the grill lid without any problem.  Awesome.

After the kebabs were done, we brought our bounty inside.  The other neat thing about the way these are designed is that you can leave the bulk of the FireWire in the serving tray and just slide items off the skewer.  This way, you can pile all your pieces up into another serving tray, or people can just slide off as much as they’d like onto their plates.  Love it, love it, love it.  And of course, everything came out beautifully.

I LOVE these things.  I’m so glad we decided to try them out.  I’ve always loved doing kebabs, but always hated all the stuff that’s out there to make them with.  These are absolutely fantastic.  Not only are they awesome for cooking the kebabs on, but they’re stainless steel so they won’t rust, and they’re also SUPER easy to clean, especially since their design facilitates covering them just about completely with your kebab items, so marinade isn’t just cooking onto the rods and making a mess.  We basically wiped them off with a sudsy sponge and tossed them in the dishwasher.  I can’t wait for our next barbecue so I can bust these babies out!  If you have a grill, you need these.  If you do decide to pick these up, I’d highly recommend picking up a few extra as gifts for people you know with grills.  They will LOVE you for it!

Related Links:
Fire Wire Stainless Steel Flexible Grilling Skewer, Set of 4
Fire Wire Stainless Steel Flexible Grilling Skewer, Set of 2 

One Response to “Grilled with a FireWire (186/366)”
  1. syingchew says:

    Makes me want to buy a grill just to use them!

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