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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Ono Kiawe Hawaiian Charcoal

Ono charcoal from Hawaii. I hope it doesn't infuse my burgers with pineapple flavour."Ho ho ho! The volcano explodes, burns everything, and all we do is ship the charred wood remnants to those suckers in Canada!" is what I imagined those sly Hawaiians saying. Why?

I just bought a new bag of charcoal. Ono Kiawe Hawaiian Charcoal. They claim it is a premium, 100% natural charcoal used in the Hawaiian tradition of the Luau. This is a 20 lb. bag. I'm hoping it lasts me one month, but that will depend on how zealous I get with my grilling.

After using up most of my mega tasty Basques Sugar Maple hardwood, I was very excited to try another and see what flavour it adds to my food. I'm always very interested in learning where the wood comes from so I love reading the backs of the bags.

Curiously, the back of the Ono bag states the following:

Created in Hawaii
Product of Mexico

Sneaky Hawaxicans!Ah right. Who's the fool? Apparently me. Now, go back to the first paragraph and replace "Hawaiian" with "Mexcian" and "volcano" with "meth lab". Was that racist? I don't care. Those sneaky Hawaxicans tricked me.

Or did they?

No, it's true. This IS Hawaiian. It's kind of like saying "Assembled in China from parts made in the USA." The wood is grown and harvested in Hawaii, then shipped to Mexico where it's turned into charcoal and packaged for shipping across the border.

Just be wary of buying anything larger than what I bought. For example, if you see a 115 lb. bag... and it's moving... and talking to you - avoid it. Unless you need a great deck built. Was that racist? Damn, I keep doing that.

My rude, insulting nature aside, I am very excited to try this charcoal and I'll let you know how it goes.

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Blogger Ellie Creek Ellis said...

Seems like it doesn't matter what you purchase, the product has been somehow infiltrated through the world market/economy. I'm just anxious to hear if your grillings taste like pineapple or salsa verde!

10:29:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

I should post a review soon. It was very interesting. But I've only grilled with it twice so I need to "test" it more.

10:44:00 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

So many products that were once manufactured here have been outsourced, Martini. It can be discouraging.

1:07:00 AM

Blogger honkeie said...

You might also want to avoid the bag that comes with a 'cocaine conversion direction sheet'

7:06:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...


3:26:00 PM

Blogger CACook said...

Of course it's not made in Hawaii.. is anything made there? Besides most of the goods in all our houses are from CHINA.

11:24:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

Very true. China is a manufacturing powerhouse, taking away many North American jobs. Things need to change.

2:27:00 PM


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