What is a Skottle? Whose idea was it to BBQ on a disc?
Pronounced "skaw-til", the Skottle it is a South African outdoor cooking solution. Originally popularized in Africa, the large wok-like disc was traditionally used directly over a fire. Farmers in South Africa originally re-used old plow discs as an outdoor cooking surface that they could use while working in the fields. The Skottle caught on with the public in the 1940s and 50s and is now synonymous with grilling in South Africa. Anything that can be cooked in a pan, skillet or on a grill can be cooked in a Skottle. Bacon, eggs, sausage and hash browns are a great example for breakfast. Lunch or dinner can be as easy as stir fry veggies, steak, and chopped potatoes. There is no better way to cook sausage or any other meat for that matter. Nothing tastes better than a thick cheese quesadilla grilled on a Skottle. There really is very little you can’t cook on a Skottle!
Overland gear manufacturers Tembo Tusk have upgraded from the plow disc Skottle by cleverly engineering a housing for a 10,000 BTU propane stove under the Skottle. This stove is compatible with the standard easy-to-find propane gas canisters found in most outdoor sporting goods stores- and can be used for cooking in areas that ban campfires. Tembo Tusk's modular design with easy to replace interchangeable components makes the Skottle highly portable, and sure to last you a lifetime of great cooking on your outdoor adventures.
Tembo Tusk Skottle Kit Includes:
- 1 Skottle Grill
- Set of 3 Adjustable Legs to elevate the Skottle 28" off the ground
- 10,000 BTU Kovea Scout Stove (butane or propane) with push-button ignition
- Kovea Scout Stove gas adaptor for use with green propane bottles
- Bracket and Eyebolts for attaching stove to Skottle
- Skottle Carry Bag and leg pouch
- **PLEASE NOTE** Propane Fuel is NOT included.
Tembo Tusk Skottle Kit Features
The skottle grill is fabricated by Tembo Tusk in the USA and comes pre-seasoned so it can be used immediately. The easiest way to recondition the Skottle is with olive oil or any cooking oil and heat on a gas or charcoal barbecue to 450 degrees or until the oil on the metal stops smoking. Like a Dutch oven or cast iron pan, the more the Skottle is used the better the non-stick cooking surface becomes.
The Skottle is designed to use the included single burner stove. The stove simply hangs in the frame under the bottom of the Skottle pan. Typically, disposable 16oz gas bottle for fuel, but with a proper adapter, a larger propane bottle can be used if desired. The Kovea Scout Stove produces 10,000 BTUs of heat energy, which is more than adequate for cooking with the Skottle.
The carry bag holds and protects the Skottle pan, burner and up to four 16oz gas bottles. The telescoping, adjustable legs are removable and have a separate storage bag with a velcro closure. Fun fact: the carry bag is made of the same tough and easy to clean vinyl fabric that is used in bouncy houses.
Cleaning and Caring for your Skottle Kit
Simply boil water in the pan, scrape it with a spatula, and carefully pour off the water and scrapings. You can use rock salt and a paper towel to scrub any lingering food residue off the pan. Just like a high quality cast iron pan, it's best not to use dish soap and steel wool to scour the Skottle, since this can diminish the seasoning. If you're new to cooking on cast iron, here's more information on cleaning- it's really quite easy.
Please note - due to shipping limitations, propane gas bottles are not included with the Tembo Tusk Skottle kit. But these are easy to find at any outdoor gear shop near you.