HexxCooker with perforated wok and wok ring
HexxCooker with perforated wok and wok ring. Our Host Luchi Palermo roasted Roma tomatoes, jalapenos and scallions to make the most delicious salsa. After roasting she blended it all up and served it warm. Delicious!

When I (along with other members of the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society) was invited by Ray and Luchi Palermo, creators of the QuadCooker,  to check out a demonstration of their new creation the HexxCooker   I was intrigued (they fed me well for my attendance and this is my honest opinion of the product). (here’s a link to the QuadCooker site for more details) I love my old grill but it never gets as hot as I would like it. The HexxCooker vows to solve that problem. Your normal backyard grill gets to about 550 degrees (maybe…probably not quite that hot) while the HexxCooker reaches up to 900 degrees or more. That high temperature is a result of the  quad rock used to form the crucible of the cooker. The special concrete blend that forms the quadrock holds the heat inside and distributes it evenly while staying  cool to the touch on the outside. Here’s a quick Instagram video of a demonstration Ray did to show the insulating power of the quadrock. The grates on the HexxCooker are made from laser cut, case hardened carbon steel (smoother than cast iron) to stand up extremely high heat. The grate isn’t non stick but when cooking oil spray is used food released easily from the grate. I was impressed with the product and I’m happy to share it with you.

check out the HexxCooker Kickstarter campaign here

After a trip to Spain,  Ray and Luchi  were inspired to develop the high heat cooking HexxCooker after dining on paella. Traditionally paella is cooked over an open wood fire so the rice can absorb the smoke. Once they returned from Spain they began development of a product that would help them recreate the paella they loved. Ray spent some time working on prototypes and came up with the original QuadCooker design. After the success of the original, the QuadCooker creators are now introducing a smaller, more portable version called the HexxCooker. Built from the same materials, the smaller HexxCooker is a powerhouse of heat as well. I must admit, when they said the HexxCooker was portable I gave them a bit of the ole’ side eye. It looks like it should weigh a ton but it really is light enough to bring tailgating or camping.

I was surprised by how light the HexxCooker is.
I was surprised by how light the HexxCooker is.
HexxCooker grilling some pineapple for dessert
Ray Palermo, creator of the HexxCooker grilling up some pineapple for dessert. In the other HexxCooker you can see the coals in the crucible. I thought he was crazy with the grill on top of a wooden table. I thought the whole thing was going to go up in flames but the quadrock insulates so well that the outside of the cooker stays cool.

Our host grilled some steak and sausages for us as appetizers. The high heat of the HexxCooker gave the steak a caramelized crust normally only found in an expensive steakhouse and cooked the sausages quickly while retaining moisture, I was impressed with the results. I wish I’d had an opportunity to cook on the HexxCooker myself to get firsthand knowledge of the product, hopefully soon I can test it out myself. Ray also made fried shrimp in a wok on the HexxCooker, it really is a versatile tool.

HexxCooker steak and sausage
HexxCooker grilling steak and sausages for a quick and delicious appetizer. Just slice and serve on a platter with small appetizer forks and some horseradish sauce and mustard
Grilled steak and sausage make easy and delicious appetizers
Grilled steak and sausage make easy and delicious appetizers

Ray was nice enough to share his delicious paella with us and in turn I’m going to share his recipe (with his permission) with you.

The stages of paella
The stages of paella

Ray Palermo’s PAELLA MENENDEZ SERVINGS: 6

  • 1/4 C extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 Oz Cubed pork (shoulder or butt)
  • 4 Bnls Chicken Thighs Cubed
  • 1 Sm Spanish Chorizo sliced
  • 1 Med onion chopped
  • 1/2 Lg green pepper chopped
  • 5 Cloves Garlic chopped
  • 4 C Broth (Fish and/or Chicken)
  • 1 C White Wine
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Chopped parsley
  • 2 Tbsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 Pinches Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 Pinch Saffron
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1/2 Tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 C Short Grain White Rice
  • Shrimp/Calamari/Clam/Mussels
  • 1/2 C Frozen Peas
  • 8 Pcs Pimento pepper
Place the paella pan on top of the pre-warmedQUAD grill top. Add olive oil to the pan. Once oil is heated, add chicken and pork. Stir the meat with a wooden spoon until browned, approximately 4 minutes. Add Spanish chorizo and sauté for another 1-2 minutes. Add onions and green peppers and cook until the onions are translucent.Add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add stock, bay leaf, salt,pepper, crushed red pepper, parsley and saffron. Let this mixture simmer for 1-2 minutes. As the mixture comes to a boil, stir in the rice, and then add wine. Cook for approximately 20 minutes, keep checking rice fordoneness. The rice will absorb most of the liquid, stir in additional wine or broth in ½-cup increments if necessary.

Once the rice not quite done but just a little crunchy to the taste (there should still be excess liquid in the pan), arrange the seafood on the surface of the rice. Sprinkle peas and

pimentos over the seafood. Cover the pan with the dome top and allow to steam-cook. Cooking will take approximately 5 minutes. Shellfish should open and shrimp will turn pink when cooked.

Let the paella rest for 5-10 minutes before serving to absorb any liquid.

QUAD SETUP

Full chimney of coal. Hot fire. Quad with the grill and paella pan.

ACCOMPANIMENTS & SIDES

Paella is a meal unto itself; just set the pan in the middle of the table to serve. A mixed green salad would certainly complement the dish.

the finished paella, loaded with pork, chicken, clams, shrimp, scallops
Here’s the finished paella, loaded with pork, chicken, clams, shrimp, scallops, peas…mmm SO good
6 Comments

6 Comments on How to make Paella the right way and how the HexxCooker can Upgrade your Grill Game

  1. Trinka Polite (@MsTrinkaV)
    October 1, 2014 at 4:14 am (3 years ago)

    OMDelicious-ness! 🙂 I was lurking waiting for this post. Yum! Looks like a great option for apartment living. Do you think?

    Reply
    • sweetsavant
      October 1, 2014 at 2:39 pm (3 years ago)

      I think the HexxCooker is a great option for apartment living if the rules allow charcoal grills. The outside of it doesn’t get hot and its very compact in size. A small amount of coals lasted a very long time, he could have cooked all day on that thing.

      Reply
  2. Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious?
    October 1, 2014 at 12:02 am (3 years ago)

    That thing looks amazing! And, now I’m hungry..and just had dinner!

    Reply
    • sweetsavant
      October 1, 2014 at 2:40 pm (3 years ago)

      LOL! I get hungry looking at those pics and remembering how delicious everything was. I wish I had a video of the steak sizzling, that would be irresistible.

      Reply
  3. Elle @ (Eat.Style.Play)
    September 30, 2014 at 6:10 pm (3 years ago)

    Um, i’m ready to LICK the screen, this looks soooo good! I was waiting for a post after seeing you post pictures! Everything looks great!

    Reply
    • sweetsavant
      October 1, 2014 at 2:41 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much Elle. Everything we ate was amazing but that paella?! The absolute BOMB!

      Reply

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