The plug-in Woodfire Electrical BBQ Grill & Smoker brings quick, exact cooking to your patio. However the true star of the present is the wooden smoker that transforms easy dishes into foodie showstoppers.
In barbecue phrases, Ninja’s Woodfire Electrical BBQ Grill & Smoker is one thing a bit totally different. It’s an electrical outside grill with versatile cooking choices, plus a field on the aspect that burns wooden pellets to offer your meals a implausible smoky flavour.
Design and construct
1.5m energy cable
Compact for a BBQ
Doesn’t include cowl or stand
At 34 x 46 x 46cm (13 x 18 x 18in), the Ninja Woodfire Electrical BBQ Grill & Smoker can be chunky if you happen to needed to hold it in a cabinet indoors, but it surely’s not big in barbecue phrases. Should you’re storing it on a patio or balcony, not within the shed, you’ll wish to fork out for the optionally available, weather-resistant cowl ($20/ £19.99).
There’s additionally a stand you should purchase individually – however save your cash and spend it on a patio desk as an alternative. The one accent that’s really important is a bag of wooden pellets. The Unique Mix is milder, the Sturdy Mix is richer. The Ninja comes with a small pattern bag of every.
The machine additionally comes with a crisper basket for air frying, a well-designed scoop for including wooden pellets and a small tray that goes on the underside to gather grease. There’s additionally a recipe guide.
It arrives almost assembled. You simply want to connect a big deal with on all sides. They’re clearly labelled left and proper, they even include a small device for the job. As soon as the handles are on, the Ninja is straightforward to raise.
Construct high quality is sturdy. Inside you might have a grill plate with an electrical factor beneath it. There’s loads of cooking peak and contained in the lid is a fan for quick convection cooking.
The equipment boasts contact controls for temperature and time, plus a dial to pick the cooking mode: smoker, grill, air fry, roast, bake, dehydrate, reheat. Most essential is a button to set off the smoker field. Some recipes ask for it and a few don’t, however nearly every part tastes higher smoky.
The ability cable reaches 1.5m from the again (no matter what the official specs say), so this very a lot dictates the place you should use the Ninja Woodfire. You must be close to a socket. There’s an RCD (residual present machine) inbuilt to the plug, so energy ought to flip off routinely if there’s an issue.
We had been happy to see that the plug design did work with a weatherproof outside socket as some electrical barbecues have cumbersome plugs that frustratingly don’t.
38 x 28cm (15 x 11in) cooking space
Supplied recipes are correct
The grill space of 38 x 28cm (15 x 11in) will not be gigantic, however the Ninja makes up for it with its speedy and constant cooking. You may cook dinner quick and predictably. The equipped recipe guide is various and options one thing for everybody.
Meat dishes vary from pulled pork to chipotle rooster wings, each good for the wooden smoker. However vegetarians and vegans are effectively catered for too. All the pieces from paneer tikka and halloumi to corn-on-the-cob and easy veggie kebabs cook dinner effectively on it.
The offered recipes give exact instances and so they proved correct. You choose a cooking mode, time and temperature, then there’s a short while to pre-heat. Should you’re utilizing the smoker you press the button to ignite that too. It took six minutes to pre-heat in our take a look at. You may hear the fan whirr and, if utilizing the smoker, you’ll see white smoke rise from it too.
The Ninja beeps and the show tells you so as to add meals. Once you shut the lid once more, the timer routinely begins, counting all the way down to time for supper. (Don’t make the error we did the primary time of urgent the beginning/cease button once more at this level… we by accident turned it off!)
You may inform it’s cooking with all of your senses. It’s counting down, the fan continues to be audible, the meals is scorching and the smoke is blowing. Sure, your garments will odor such as you’ve sat round a campfire. This alone is nearly well worth the Ninja’s price ticket – though your dinner company might disagree.
The recipe outcomes had been spectacular and cooking was quick. Even smoky tear-and-share garlic bread was a foodie revelation. However the grill’s dimension does imply you received’t be feeding a military. So, if you happen to like entertaining, you may wish to hold your previous barbecue too. You may cook dinner most stuff in your essential barbecue and use the Ninja to slow-cook the smoked pulled pork or air fry the smoky potato wedges.
But when there are only a couple of you, you may hold this in your patio or balcony and take in the solar as you cook dinner foodie meals outdoor all summer season lengthy with minimal effort.
Even cleansing was okay. The grill plate and non-stick air frier basket had been straightforward to scrub by hand; sadly they’re not dishwasher secure. The smoker field (which is small, concerning the dimension of a pack of playing cards) has an inside part that slides out for simple emptying, but it surely contained scorching ashes, so we couldn’t empty it until the following day.
Worth and availability
The Ninja Woodfire Electrical BBQ Grill & Smoker isn’t the most affordable option to cook dinner outdoor. However what it provides is all the benefits of constant, indoor cooking, together with a smoky outside flavour.
Should you’re within the US, it has an MSRP of $369.99 however on the time of writing, it’s obtainable from Amazon and Greatest Purchase for $329.99.
Within the UK, there are many locations to purchase from – together with Amazon, Argos and John Lewis – however costs don’t fluctuate a lot from the £349.99 RRP.
Ninja Woodfire Electrical BBQ Grill & Smoker is spectacular because of its exact, quick cooking and – most of all – because of its smoker field. We mentioned it earlier than and we’ll say it once more, nearly every part tastes higher smoky. It’s a bit expensive, which misplaced it half a star, however in case you have house for this outside grill in your life, and in your patio or balcony, you received’t be disillusioned.
For different outside cooking choices, take a look at our evaluations of the Ooni Fyra and the luxurious Ooni Karu pizza ovens, the Masterbuilt Gravity 560 and the Weber Smokefire barbecue.