Friday, January 9, 2015

Odys and Penelope

Every once in a while, NorCal Ovenworks get's to be involved with a great project, for a great Chef. Odys and Penelope, 127 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-939-1033 by Quinn and Karen Hatfield is opening in a few days on , and I have a few  pictures of the establishment to share.:

Here's a view that simply makes me feel at home. I love the large stack of firewood on display for everyone to see. The tables are rustic and industrial, and the atmosphere is casual.:

Finally, there's our small part of the project, a Uruguayan style grill on the left, and an Argentine style grill on the right, sandwhiched between someone else's churrasco rotisserie and someone else's smoker. To be fair, we can't make cool grills unless the customer is also cool. Quinn was the coolest of the cool, and got cool grills to match his temperament.:

Monday, December 8, 2014

Backyard Makeover, Before and After

One of my clients approached me with a request for an upgrade. He said that he had a stainless steel gas grill in an island, and we talked about an upgrade. Here is what he started with:

We talked about dropping a grill into a firebox, and also about his contractor creating a firebox. He chose to create a firebox.:

And there you have it. An old gas grill replaced by a new Argentine Grill. Tastier results!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Wyoming Grill Photo's

I sold a grill to Joe Frake, an ex Californian living in Wyoming. He promised me pictures of his grill, and though it took many months for them to arrive (the time scale is a little different in Wyoming) I was quite please to see them.

Look at that Wyoming view!
A close-up of the grill. Thanks so much, Joe!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Picture this: You manage a Polo Club, and everytime the Argentine Team comes to play, you can count on them starting a three alarm fire in the parking lot! Don't blame them! They're just tailgating, Argentine style!

Signs don't work, but maybe this will (still under construction here):

Argentine Grill currently under installation at a Polo Club, somewhere in America. Yes, that's Soapstone!

Monday, September 22, 2014

New Grills for a Michelin Star Chef in Los Angeles

We just built a Uruguayan Exhibition Grill and an Argentine Exhibition Grill for a Michelin Star Chef in Los Angeles, CA. Consisting of 3/8" steel fireboxes, the grills are each 36X32 in size, and designed to provide a clean, light smoke flavor to grilled items.

NSF Approved 36X32 Uruguayan Exhibition Grill in 3/8" Steel

NSF Approved 36X32 Uruguayan Exhibition Grill in 3/8" Steel

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In Search of Bulletproof

We have been building some rugged commercial charcoal grills to make crazy chicken at Latin American venues in Texas and Louisiana. These grills are in an environment that is extremely abusive to grills. We have endeavored to make them bullet proof, for our customer's (and our) satisfaction. These grills have 3/8" steel fireboxes, 3" rails for the grates to move in, and our signature 3/8" individually removable square rod grates. Shown in 96" X 36".

Commercial Charcoal Grill for Crazy Chicken shown in 96"X36" size with 3/8" firebox.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

It has been a busy year!

It has been a busy year at NorCal Ovenworks.

  1. We have obtained NSF Certification on most of our Argentine and Santa Maria Grills, as well as on our commercial charbroilers.
  2. We have sold two grills to a Michelin Star Chef in Los Angeles. One is an Argentine Grill, and the other is a Uruguayan Grill, similar to what you can see Anthony Bourdain gorging in front of in Montevideo, UR.
  3. We sent a large amount of our primitive Asado Equipment to two resorts in New Jersey, for an event that Francis Mallmann is participating in.
  4. Gary Knackstedt (that's me) , owner of NorCal Ovenworks, has purchased a home in the Austin Area of Texas. My family and I live in several places throughout the year. 
  5. My family and I are sampling as much Texas barbecue as we can. So far, we have tried Blacks in Lockhart, Luling BBQ in Luling, TX, Rudy's all over, Southside Market in Elgin, Green Mesquite in Austin, County Line in Austin, The Salt Lick in Round Rock, Snows in Lexington, Opie's in Spicewood, and a few places along the road that we simply cannot remember. I will not be giving you my favorites, or ranking the barbecues. I give the barbecues that dare to be different props. If you've had one dill pickle chip, you've had them all. Give me a sweet pickle or a bread and putter pickle, show a little creativity on your sides. Come on now, pecan pie's great, but that much sugar would kill me! 
  6. We have successfully created a hybrid grill, that burns gas, wood, and charcoal, or all three at the same time.
  7. Development continues in my R&D lab. Look for some interesting masonry grills, smokers, smoker grills in the future. Look for some Texas style pits that rival the best barbecues we  have visited.