- Learning to use grilling disks
Plow discs have been around for over 150 years, tilling the earth so farmers can plant their crops. It has been such a fundamental tool, especially in agrarian states like Arkansas. But did you know that it can also be used to grill your food? Yes, let me repeat: that steel disc thingy that goes in the dirt is an awesome grilling device!
Discada, Spanish for cooking meat in an agricultural disc, has long been a hidden secret of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico for grilling food with spectacular flavor. These discs can also be known as plow disc cookers, disco cookers, cowboy woks, or disk cookers. Interesting, right? We thought so, too! Thankfully, there is Blue Moon Disk Company in Little Rock, Arkansas, that custom makes these grilling disks, and we have them now in Honeycomb Kitchen Shop.
Blue Moon doesn’t just make your typical grilling disk. Owner Chuck Peyton hand polishes and welds horseshoe handles onto his crafted disks, yielding a grilling masterpiece. We love the craftsmanship but wanted to test the disks to see what kind of grilling power they really have. HKS partnered with the Cooking Studio of Downtown Rogers and fired up the grills. Needless to say, we loved the disks so much so that Sheila Reese, owner of the Cooking Studio, is hosting a grilling disk class on June 15, 2017, to demonstrate different ways to grill your food on the disks. To reserve your spot in the class, please call 479-381-7917.
Below are some of the photos from our grilling day and descriptions of why we love these disks so much. If you are on the hunt for a gift that is unique and fun for Father’s Day, then you have hit the jackpot with this grilling disk. HKS will be taking pre-orders for grilling disks until June 7. Call us to reserve your disk. Pair the disk with the cooking class mentioned above, and you’ve got a pretty awesome gift that any dad would love!
We started off simply by grilling some bacon. One of our favorite features of the grilling disk is how you can cook multiple things at the same time.
The bacon began cooking in the middle of the disk and then was moved to the cooler edges to finish up, while we threw on some potatoes. Think how perfect that would be when grilling steaks for multiple people. Cook and serve each steak at the same time no matter how rare or well-done your guests want their food!
Sheila ordered a special-sized disc to fit her slender PK grill. Typically, the disks are used on a simple propane stand as seen above but are also great directly on coals or on your grill. Blue Moon even has a size that fits the popular Green Egg grills.
We wanted to try out some brats on the grill to see how evenly the disk cooks. Each brat was cooked to perfection, and we loved the heat distribution when using the disk on the grill!
Want to see how this grilling disk works in person? Then head to the Bentonville Spice and Tea Exchange, located right off the downtown Bentonville square on June 17 for a grilling disk demonstration.