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Garry
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PostPosted: Mon May 05 08 11:59 am    Post subject: Cooking on a NM Discada Reply with quote

Well, this isn't barbecue but technically it is cooking outside. A popular form of outdoor cooking here in New Mexico is on a discada. It is a large metal disc made of 1/4" steel in a concave shape. They were originally made from plow discs. They would take a plow disc and weld up the hole. Bill, of the wood-fired pizza fame, gave me a discada as a house warming present and I just now got a chance to cook on it. I bought a burner for it last week at a place in Albuquerque that makes them. Disc-It



This is the burner with the discada in place. The disc Bill gave me came from Southwest Disk. I made a batch of carne asada.







The outer edges of the disc aren't as hot as the center. I used the outside to warm some flour tortillas.



Served it with guacamole, green rice and refried beans sprinkled with a little grated cotija cheese.



I really enjoyed cooking on the disc and look forward to using it a lot more. Thanks a lot to Bill for turning me on to disc cooking and for the thoughtful gift.

Garry
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PostPosted: Mon May 05 08 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We call'em discos (pronounced deescos), but it's the same thing. Those are awesome. We use ours to make tripas, greasy burgers, stir fry and a whole mess of things. They're great when you tailgate!
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PostPosted: Mon May 05 08 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bah no dealers around here whats oone of these run cost wise if may ask..

this is right up my alley...
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PostPosted: Mon May 05 08 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, that looks great Garry (BBQ or not! Razz )

I bought one of those disc's last year and love it. The stand looks like a great addition.

I currently use mine on top of a turkey fryer burner, and although it works great it's a little hard on the old back.

We have made fajitas, breakfast, and a terrific batch of rum glazed plantains for a party earlier this year.

Very versatile cooking tool! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon May 05 08 9:53 pm    Post subject: Disks Reply with quote

That spread you got there looks great, I luv good southwest couisine and that my friend is spot on Exclamation
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PostPosted: Mon May 05 08 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PhillyMike wrote:
bah no dealers around here whats oone of these run cost wise if may ask..

this is right up my alley...



$45 to $105 on Ebay.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05 08 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

adolpho wrote:
We use ours to make tripas, greasy burgers, stir fry and a whole mess of things.


Tripas-- that's good stuff right there.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05 08 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that or should I say "how is that" different that a Wok??? It looks very simlar.
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PostPosted: Mon May 05 08 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I welded a 1" x 11ga. rim around the perimeter of mine to hold more stuff. Works great!
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PostPosted: Tue May 06 08 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PhillyMike wrote:
bah no dealers around here whats oone of these run cost wise if may ask..

this is right up my alley...


The disc from Southwest Disk is $55. The stand from Disc-It is $350 with the disc and $300 without it. I already had the disc that Bill gave me so I bought the stand without the disc.

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PostPosted: Tue May 06 08 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

marvsbbq wrote:
Is that or should I say "how is that" different that a Wok??? It looks very simlar.


It is shallower than a wok. It is also made of 1/4" thick steel so it's a lot heavier than most metal woks. A cast iron wok would be closer in weight. The shallow shape makes it easier to move food closer to the edge where it isn't as hot. Very similar to wok cooking, though. I would think you could make most stir fry dishes on it. I plan to try that.

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PostPosted: Tue May 06 08 1:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Garry wrote:
PhillyMike wrote:
bah no dealers around here whats oone of these run cost wise if may ask..

this is right up my alley...


The disc from Southwest Disk is $55. The stand from Disc-It is $350 with the disc and $300 without it. I already had the disc that Bill gave me so I bought the stand without the disc.

Garry



Wow $350? what is it made of (the stand) is it stable?
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PostPosted: Tue May 06 08 1:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The stand is made from 1/4" thick steel and is welded together. It is very heavy, sturdy and stable. The designs are cut with a plasma torch. It is a little pricey, but it is hand crafted right here in the US of A, not stamped out in a Chinese factory, so you have to take that into consideration. It's a very well made product.

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PostPosted: Tue May 06 08 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Garry wrote:
The stand is made from 1/4" thick steel and is welded together. It is very heavy, sturdy and stable. The designs are cut with a plasma torch. It is a little pricey, but it is hand crafted right here in the US of A, not stamped out in a Chinese factory, so you have to take that into consideration. It's a very well made product.

Garry




It looks it. for all that he prolly could charge more. neat item. I remember them cooking tacos on those discadas when we used to go from ABQ to juarez, Laughing


Didn't have the stand though.
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PostPosted: Wed May 07 08 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alien BBQ wrote:
PhillyMike wrote:
bah no dealers around here whats oone of these run cost wise if may ask..

this is right up my alley...



$45 to $105 on Ebay.



Thanks Alien and everyone. now lets see how my bid does...
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06 11 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are similar cookers sold by CADAC called Skottel Braai. They're designed after a South African farmers grill that used a plow disk.

http://africashop.com.au/shop/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=894
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06 11 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought a burner like that and a short stand at the International Farmer's Market for about $55 a couple of years ago. I use it on an outdoor table as a wok rig.
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