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We help home cooks discover the joys of BBQ & woodfire cooking culture. 

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Smokin’ Gauchos is a company that celebrates all things BBQ & cooking culture. We want you to enjoy your outdoor cooking experience with the finest artisan handmade products, from our signature Parrilla, handmade gaucho knives, expertly crafted leather aprons, to bespoke fire tools sourced from boutique makers around the world.

This family-owned business started out as a passion project for Founder, Kevin Spiteri, who wanted to take woodfire and outdoor cooking to the next-level, and create great memories by cooking together in their backyard.

Now the company has expanded into creating an online marketplace where anyone can find all of these high quality products while also connecting with other people who share this love for the outdoors!

🦜THE GROUNDS🦜

An epic family day out @thegrounds Alexandria, with lunch in the Potting Shed, great menu on offer & a killer rib eye. Just had to have it.

Oh, and a Macaw you can say hi to 🦜

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⏱️🔥QUICK COOKS🔥⏱️

When the family is hungry.

You have a few random things at home, so you cook what you can find:

Ricotta Stuffed Zuchinni Flowers
Pork Belly Pancakes w/ hoisin & veg
Rib Eye w/ Broccolini

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🇱🇧MIDDLE EAST FEAST🇱🇧

Phwoooaaarrr what an EPIC day of cooking that was, decided to treat the fam to a Middle Eastern FEAST🔥

Took my trusty @pony_rider market bag down to @tumbi_wholesale_meats & @fruitforall to pick up some meat and veg.

Made everything from scratch except the hummus and baba ganoush!

🔥Kafta Lebanese Beef
🔥Shish Tawook Chicken
🔥Tabouleh
🔥Veggie Skewers
🔥Garlic Toum
🔥Pickled Turnip (now need to wait a week or so)!
🔥Lebanese Potatoes

All cooked over wood fire using my @solidteknics pan, and putting our new mesh grill to the test.

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🍝MUMMAS’ RECIPE🍝

Ok, so it’s not woodfire, but this dish needs a special mention.

This is the dish that reminds me of home. Of growing up in a Maltese immigrant family, it was dishes like this that you were stoked to come home to.

After the abundance of ham, endless seafood, and more salads than I can name, we felt we would cook something simple “Rigatoni w/ Ricotta, Garlic & Tomato Sauce” (GHAHIN MIMLI IRKOTTA) and man did it hit the spot!

Lovingly served on our beautiful enamel plateware by @pony_rider and cooked in our @solidteknics pan.
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#maltese #maltesefood #malta🇲🇹 #maltatoday #malteseofficial #malteseofinstagram #malteseworld

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🔥🍗XMAS CHOOK🍗🔥

A SUPER SIMPLE woodfire cook up this xmas, some chicken to take to the in-laws.

Two whole chooks, butterflied, and marinade with olive oil & fresh herbs (sage, thyme, rosemary) lemon juice, garlic & salt.

Cook rib-cage down ton medium heat coals and then flip. Repeat 2 more times till internal temp is spot on. Tested using my new @inkbirdau probe.

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🍖🎄XMAS HAM🎄🍖

Thank you @alexsprichard for the xmas ham recipe inspo, my OCD wouldnt let me chuck all the ingredients in at once 🤣

1 Ham
50g Honey (local)
350g Pineapple Juice
100g Red Wine Vinegar
50g each Dijon, Hot English & Seeded Mustard
Cloves, Cinnamon, Bay Leaves (I didn’t have juniper)

Remove rind layer & leave in ham bag.
Score your ham w/ diamond pattern.
Add cloves to intersection of scoring on ham
Mix honey w/ mustards
Baste dressing all over ham
Mix Pinapple juice & res wine vinegar and add to tray
Chuck in bay leaves & cinnamon sticks

Place in woodfired oven at around 180 degrees until the fat is caramelised.

Remove from the oven and pop on your parrilla or heat source (i had parrilla going with ironbark) and reduce the glaze.

Going back and forth between this and the wood oven a few times until the glaze is thick and your ham nicely caramelised.

Slice. Eat. Be Merry

Amen to this recipe, tasted sensational!
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#christmasham #woodfire #woodfired #woodfireoven #smokingauchos #smokingauchoknives #ponyrider #parrilla

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🦞🦀SEAFOOD SPREAD🦐🐟

We have a tradition in our house at Christmas time. We always have a private fresh seafood shesh. Just the family, and before all the chaos begins. We put a lot of love into the prep and make it special for the whole family.

This year @nicholasseafoodsydney was the provider of our incredible seafood, paired perfectly with a 2014 @davidhookwines Pothana Vineyard l, Belford Semillon which was absolutely singing. Also had a @vindenwines 2022 Alicante Bouschet for entree.

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✖️PONY RIDER✖️

Ridiculously in love with my haul of adventure gear from @pony_rider 🖤

Built for lifestyle and adventure, Pony Rider design limited edition textiles for consciously adventurous folk.

We share the same ethos; to create sustainably manufactured products, with considered design, that enable the lifestyles of humans who seek slow, intentional living. 🔥

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🌡️🔥PERFECT TEMP🌡️🔥

Christmas has come early this year, thanks to @inkbirdau

I have been using Inkbird thermometers for years and they never miss a beat. Unfortunately my last probe pen died a sad death when I accidentally broke it the other week. 😭

Cant wait to put these to the test:

INKBIRD IHT-1S is an instant and waterproof read thermometer with lock readout, temperature calibration, backlight LCD, rechargeable battery, hook design and etc., which is widely adopted by professional chefs, BBQ competitors, cooking show hosts, award-winning baristas.

Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun INK-IFT03 – The infrared thermometer can accurately locate and quickly read the surface temperature of the inanimate object you want to measure.

I’ll use the probe for all my proteins, and the gun for the woodfired oven.

PS: trying to open the probe with one hand is very difficult 🤣

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🥩BEEF TARTARE🥩

I was so inspired after having beef tartare at @osteriailcoccia @bamvino_pizza_wine_deli and then @marblebarandgrill recently that I decided I needed to try this myself.

Thanks to @saratogaqualitymeats I bought a beautiful fresh eye fillet (tenderloin) to turn into this raw beef dish. Fresh ingredients are essential!

Recipe thanks to @australianbeef 🥩🔥

📖INGREDIENTS SERVES 4

400g beef sirloin, very well trimmed
1 eschallot, finely diced
2 tbsp finely chopped gherkins
1 tbsp finely chopped capers
2 tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Tabasco sauce (optional)
4 organic egg yolks (optional)

To serve, sourdough toast and a green salad

METHOD
Using a very sharp knife, dice the beef into ½cm cubes, discarding any fat.
Place into a mixing bowl with the eschallots, gherkins, capers, parsley and mustard and stir to combine. Season with the Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco (if using) along with some salt and pepper.
Place onto 4 plates using a ring mould. Make a slight indentation with the back of a spoon and drop an egg yolk on top of each (if using). Serve with sourdough toast and a green salad.

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🥩🍗LOCAL BUTCHER🥩🍗

Without doubt, @saratogaqualitymeats is hands down the best butchery on the Central Coast and has access to some of the best protein around. And, whilst we have plenty of great butchers around, this is one of my favourites.

In particular their @rangersvalley Black Onyx sirloin is one of the best all round pieces of beef I have ever had. Big call I know.

I came home with a special haul for something I wanted to do a little different:

🥩 Black Onyx Sirloin (Rangers Valley)
🥩 Grass Fed Rump
🥩 Cowra Lamb Chops (grass fed)
🥩 Grass Fed Eye Fillet

Buying protein of this quality and at this price isn’t for everyone. However, if you look at it a little differently, we weren’t meant to be smashing protein like this every single day. We used to hunt, kill, eat our kill, and in between the hunts we ate a lot more conservatively.

So thats what I try and do, is by epic protein and eat it in smaller quantities – quality over quantity any day of the week. 🔥🔥🔥

Stay tuned this week to see what I made with it.

Thanks @anthonypalms for bringing the shop to Erina, such an easier place to get to over Kincumber Village (but worth it to pick Jasons brain ha!) and thanks to @dawniiehen for being so passionate and helpful in the shop🙏🏼

#butcher #butcherblock #local #localbusiness #localbutcher #localbutchers #centralcoastnsw #centralcoastlifestyle #centralcoast #centralcoastbusiness #centralcoastmums #centralcoastsmallbusiness #centralcoastliving

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🔥🔥MARBLE BAR & GRILL🔥🔥

A great night out once again @marblebarandgrill the team going from strength to strength with their menu, protein quality and service.

If you’re coming through the central coast, its a must stop, centrally located, and my recommendation – the 1kg T-Bone w/ chimmi, and the beef tartare are my favourites. 🔥

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🦞🦐SEAFOOD SESSIONS🦀🦐

Summer is in full swing and how good is the seafood that comes along with it!

Following on from our last post about using fresh prawns to make delicious rice paper rolls, here is something thats even EASIER than that – the classic fresh seafood platter!

Sourced locally from @casanova_seafood fresh prawns, blue swimmer crabs and some delicious sydney rock oysters.

Plated up in some beautiful @loveryanceramics pottery, served with a bottle of @thomaswines @thomaswineshuntervalley 2019 Hunter Semillon & a simple mignonette for the oysters and you’re done!
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🌾RICE PAPER ROLLS🌾

With a fire ban happening in these extreme temps, we decided to try out some fresh seafood from a local spot @casanova_seafood and it’s bloody gem!

Some of the freshest seafood to be found here on the coast, we decided to take these beautiful fresh prawns and turn them into rice paper rolls.

A treat for the kids, they all got into helping making them. Fresh shallots & mint from the garden, grated carrot, a roast chook, lettuce and some hoisin sauce.
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#vietnamesefood #ricepaperrolls #ricepaper #vietnameserolls #vietnameseroll

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🍶🍷ANNUAL LUNCH🍷🍶

Once in a lifetime do you get to try wines of this caliber, the theme – French & Australia, and it did not disappoint!

Jan & Grant from @bamvino_pizza_wine_deli @bamvinocellars put a huge amount of thought and consideration into the wine selection, and the menu was exquisite.

WINE LINEUP:

Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne – Reims

2020 Prager Bodenstein Gruner Veltliner – Wachau Austria

2018 Salomon Pfaffenberg Riesling – Kremstal Austria

2021 Patrick Piuze Chablis Grand Cru Bougros – Chablis France

2021 Chardonnay by Farr Cote Vineyard – Geelong

2019 Bernard Moreau Chassagne Montrachet – Burgundy France

2021 Farrside by Farr Pinot Noir – Geelong

2018 Bernard Moreau Volnay Santenots – Burgundy France

2020 Pinot Noir by Farr Cote Vineyard – Geelong

2000 Grand Vin de Leoville du Marquis de Las Cases – Bordeaux France

2005 Chateau Palmer – Bordeaux France

2010 Chateau Figeac – Bordeaux France

2019 Utopus Cabernet Sauvignon – Barossa Valley

2019 Utopus Shiraz – Barossa Valley

(Plus a cheeky Californian Chardonnay & a few team contributions)

MENU:
🦪Hawkesbury oysters with shiso, yuzu sorbet
🦞Marron, speck crumb, lemon parsley butter
🐟Senegalese gumbo, charred squid, okra, kingfish, chilli oil
🦆Dry aged Duck breast, charred carrots, honey rhubarb glaze, pickled rhubarb
🥩Tenderloin,black garlic butter, savoy cabbage, pickled shiitake duxelles , Porcini dust
🍨Chocolate Mille feuille,pistachio crème pat, green tea ice cream, salted pistachio bark, choc ganache

Thank you for an epic way to finish up the end of the year.

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🎁📦PICK & PACK📥📫

Smokin’ Gauchos is proud to announce that we have partnered with @fairhaven_centralcoast for our picking, packing and order fulfilment.

As we slowly continue to grow, we too want to see our community grow.

Fairhaven is able to provide a safe workplace, employing people with varying disabilities, and giving them a place to come each day to socialise, learn new skills and ultimately earn some money doing something they enjoy and is meaningful to them.

It means the world to us that we can grow our orders confidently, knowing the team are there to support our growth.

Thank you to Anthony, Katrina, Mark & Megan for all your support, here’s to a busy Christmas of orders! 🤞🏼

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🌲🌿FORAGED WREATH🌿🌲

A special makers weekend, did a little foraging to find everything we needed to make this beautiful christmas wreath.

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🔥🥘 WOODFIRE PAELLA🔥🥘

🦐Seafood,
🍗Chicken,
🍖Chorizo
🦀Mud Crab

Epic saturday night making a special parlla for some friends. Nothing beats that wood fire goodness 🔥
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💪🏼 Handmade Parrilla
🔪 Handmade Knives
⚒ Handmade Artisan Goods
🔥 Kissed by flame
🥩 Pure succulence
🤠 Simple to use
📩 For mailing list
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🔥🇲🇹 Hobz biz-zeit…🇲🇹🍷

Sharing a modern twist on an all-time maltese favourite of mine… “Hobz biz-zeit…” means “Bread with oil…”

And in this case, it was everything…

🍖Charcuterie
🧀Cheese
🪴Capers
🍷Wine @vindenwines
🥫Kunserva (Tomato Paste)
🧅Onion
🍞Crusty Sourdough from @brown_sugar_bakery_2260
And sooooo much more…

Thanks @grimabroswholesale for supplying all this incredible produce and small goods – a taste of back home…
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#salami #malta #maltesefood #charcuterie #charcuterieboard #charcuteria #smallgoods #hopsbilzait

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🍸🍹STEINBOK SESSIONS💦🍉

Summer vibes & good times 🤙🏼 So good to be anle to host another @steinbokbrands summer party shoot, even though it was raining all day 🤣

@steinbokbrands range is out of control! Some of the best cocktails ever had, and paired with food from @soulorigin and Vulcans Charcoal Chicken.

🍻Thanks to the legend’s @goonsbrewing for the epic frothies, the XPA & Larger are so good 🍺
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#summer #summervibes #summertime #cocktail #cocktails #steinbock #cocktails🍹 #poolparty

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