Title:
BARBEQUE GRILL ASSEMBLY
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A barbeque grill assembly (10) including a grill plate (12) and a cooking insert (14). The grill plate (12) has a substantially planar first cooking surface (26) with an opening (28) therein. The cooking insert (14) is adapted for releasable engagement with the opening (28) and has a substantially planar second cooking surface (42). The first cooking surface (26) and the second cooking surface (42) are non-parallel with respect to each other.



Inventors:
Leavens, Benjamin John (Woollahra, AU)
Vega, Edgi Eduardo (Newington, AU)
Application Number:
12/046224
Publication Date:
03/26/2009
Filing Date:
03/11/2008
Primary Class:
International Classes:
F24C3/00
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Primary Examiner:
RINEHART, KENNETH
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
PATTERSON, THUENTE, SKAAR & CHRISTENSEN, P.A. (4800 IDS CENTER, 80 SOUTH 8TH STREET, MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 55402-2100, US)
Claims:
We claim:

1. A barbeque grill assembly comprising: a grill plate with a substantially planar first cooking surface having an opening therein; and a cooking insert adapted for releasable engagement with the opening and having a substantially planar second cooking surface; wherein the first cooking surface and the second cooking surface are non-parallel with respect to each other.

2. The barbeque grill assembly as claimed in claim 1, wherein the first and second surfaces are angled with respect to each other by about 2.5 degrees.

3. The barbeque grill assembly as claimed in claim 1, wherein the grill plate is installed with the second cooking surface horizontal and the first cooking surface angled away from horizontal by about 2.5 degrees.

4. The barbeque grill assembly as claimed in claim 1, wherein the grill plate preferably includes a recess at or near one end, the recess adapted for connection to a drainage arrangement.

5. The barbeque grill assembly as claimed in claim 1, wherein the grill plate is cast iron.

6. The barbeque grill assembly as claimed in claim 1, wherein the opening is substantially circular.

7. The barbeque grill assembly as claimed in claim 6, wherein the opening is bounded by a plurality of inwardly directed cooking insert support flanges that are parallel to the second cooking surface.

8. The barbeque grill assembly as claimed in claim 1, wherein the cooking insert is a cast iron grill tray with a peripheral edge angled outwardly and away from the second cooking surface.

9. The barbeque grill assembly as claimed in claim 8, wherein the edge includes one or more handles therein.

10. The barbeque grill assembly as claimed in claim 1, wherein the cooking insert is a ceramic pizza tray.

11. The barbeque grill assembly as claimed in claim 10, wherein the tray includes one or more handles thereon.

12. The barbeque grill assembly as claimed in claim 10, wherein a cast iron grill tray is positioned in the opening and the ceramic pizza tray is positioned on the cast iron grill tray.

13. The barbeque grill assembly as claimed in claim 13, wherein a foil tray is positioned between the cast iron grill tray and the ceramic pizza tray.

14. The barbeque grill assembly as claimed in claim 13, wherein the foil tray is disposable.

15. The barbeque grill assembly as claimed in claim 1, wherein the cooking insert is a circular stainless steel fluid or wood chip tray with a peripheral edge angled outwardly and away from the second cooking surface.

16. The barbeque grill assembly as claimed in claim 1, further comprising a smoker/roaster rack having an array of rack bars that are parallel to the second cooking surface.

17. The barbeque grill assembly as claimed in claim 1, wherein the cooking insert is a stainless steel poultry tray with a peripheral edge angled outwardly and away from the second cooking surface and a central poultry support formation.

18. A barbeque grill plate comprising: a substantially planar first cooking surface having an opening therein; and one or more cooking insert support surfaces substantially adjacent the opening, wherein the cooking surface and the support surfaces are non-parallel with respect to each another.

19. The barbeque grill assembly as claimed in claim 18, wherein the cooking surface and the support surfaces are angled with respect to each other by about 2.5 degrees.

20. The barbeque grill assembly as claimed in claim 18, wherein the grill plate is installed with the support surfaces horizontal and the cooking surface angled from horizontal by about 2.5 degrees.

21. The barbeque grill assembly as claimed in claim 20, wherein the grill plate includes a recess at or near one end, the recess adapted for connection to a drainage arrangement.

22. The barbeque grill assembly as claimed in claim 18, wherein the opening is substantially circular.

23. The barbeque grill assembly as claimed in claim 18, wherein the support surfaces form part of a plurality of inwardly directed support flanges that are inclined with respect to the cooking surface.

24. A barbeque kit comprising: a grill plate with a substantially planar first cooking surface having an opening therein; and a grill tray, a pizza tray, a fluid/wood chip tray and a poultry tray that are each adapted for releasable engagement with the opening and that each have a substantially planar second cooking surface, wherein the first cooking surface and the second cooking surface are non-parallel with respect to each another.

25. The barbeque kit as claimed in claim 24, wherein the first cooking surface and the second cooking surface are angled with respect to each other at about 2.5 degrees.

26. The barbeque kit as claimed in claim 24, wherein the grill plate is installed with the second cooking surface horizontal and the first cooking surface angled to horizontal by about 2.5 degrees.

27. The barbeque kit as claimed in claim 24, wherein the grill plate includes a recess at or near one end, the recess adapted for connection to a drainage arrangement.

28. The barbeque kit as claimed in claim 24, wherein the opening is substantially circular.

29. The barbeque kit as claimed in claim 28, wherein the opening is bounded by a plurality of inwardly directed cooking insert support flanges that are parallel to the second cooking surface.

Description:

RELATED APPLICATION

This application claims priority to Australian Provisional Application No. 2007905189, filed on Sep. 21, 2007, said priority application being fully incorporated herein by reference.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a barbeque grill assembly, a barbeque grill plate and a barbeque kit. The invention has been primarily developed for use with a gas barbeque and will be described hereinafter with reference to this application,

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Barbeques with grill plates that are inclined with respect to horizontal are known. Such grill plates generally include a recess or drain at their lower end. During cooking, fats and other fluids released from the food being cooked drain down the surface of the grill plate into the drain. This provides a healthier cooked food. However, such grill plates are unsuitable for cooking many relatively liquid foods, such as eggs or food cooked in a sauce or marinade, as these foods slide down the grill plate towards and into the drain.

It is an object of the present invention to substantially overcome, or at least ameliorate, the above disadvantage.

OBJECT OF THE INVENTION

It is the object of the present invention to substantially overcome or at least ameliorate one or more of the above disadvantages.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Accordingly, in a first aspect, the present invention provides a barbeque grill assembly comprising:

a grill plate with a substantially planar first cooking surface having an opening therein; and

a cooking insert adapted for releasable engagement with the opening and having a substantially planar second cooking surface;

wherein the first cooking surface and the second cooking surface are non-parallel with respect to each other.

The first and second surfaces are preferably angled with respect to each other by about 2.5 degrees. The grill plate is preferably installed with the second cooking surface horizontal and the first cooking surface angled away from horizontal by about 2.5 degrees. The grill plate preferably includes a recess at or near one (lower) end, the recess adapted for connection to a drainage arrangement. The grill plate is preferably cast iron.

The opening is preferably substantially circular and most preferably bounded by a plurality of inwardly directed cooking insert support flanges that are parallel to the second cooking surface.

In one form, the cooking insert is preferably a cast iron grill tray with a peripheral edge angled outwardly and away from the second cooking surface. The edge preferably includes one or more handles therein.

In another form, the cooking insert is preferably a ceramic pizza tray. The tray preferably includes one or more handles thereon. In a variation of this form, a cast iron grill tray is positioned in the opening and the ceramic pizza tray is positioned on the cast iron grill tray. In a further variation, a foil tray, preferably disposable, is positioned between the cast iron grill tray and the ceramic pizza tray,

In yet another form, the cooking insert is preferably a circular stainless steel fluid or wood chip tray with a peripheral edge angled outwardly and away from the second cooking surface. In this form, the barbeque grill assembly further comprises a smoker/roaster rack having an array of rack bars that are parallel to the second cooking surface.

In a yet further form, the cooking insert is preferably a stainless steel poultry tray with a peripheral edge angled outwardly and away from the second cooking surface and a central poultry support formation.

In a second aspect, the present invention provides a barbeque grill plate comprising:

a substantially planar first cooking surface having an opening therein; and

one or more cooking insert support surfaces substantially adjacent the opening, wherein the cooking surface and the support surfaces are non-parallel with respect to each other.

The cooking surface and the support surfaces are preferably angled with respect to each other by about 2.5 degrees. The grill plate is preferably installed with support surfaces horizontal and the cooking surface angled from horizontal by about 2.5 degrees. The grill plate preferably includes a recess at or near one end, the recess adapted for connection to a drainage arrangement.

The opening is preferably substantially circular, and the support surfaces preferably form part of a plurality of inwardly directed support flanges that are inclined with respect to the cooking surface.

In a third aspect, the present invention provides a barbeque kit comprising:

a grill plate with a substantially planar first cooking surface having an opening therein; and

a grill tray, a pizza tray, a fluid/wood chip tray and a poultry tray that are each adapted for releasable engagement with the opening and that each have a substantially planar second cooking surface, wherein the first cooking surface and the second cooking surface are non-parallel with respect to each other.

The first cooking surface and the second cooking surface are preferably angled with respect to each other at about 2.5 degrees. The grill plate is preferably installed with the second cooking surface horizontal and the first cooking surface angled to horizontal by about 2.5 degrees. The grill plate preferably includes a recess at or near one end, the recess adapted for connection to a drainage arrangement.

The opening is preferably substantially circular, and most preferably bounded by a plurality of inwardly directed cooking insert support flanges that are parallel to the second cooking surface.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Preferred embodiments of the present invention will now be described, by way of examples only, with reference to the accompanying drawings wherein:

FIG. 1 is an exploded perspective view of an embodiment of a grill plate, together with four embodiments of cooking inserts;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the grill plate shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 3a is an exploded perspective view of the grill plate of FIG. 1 with the grill tray insert shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 3b is an assembled perspective view of the components shown in FIG. 3a;

FIG. 4a is a partial perspective view of the components shown in FIG. 3b;

FIG. 4b is the side view of the components shown in FIG. 4a;

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the grill plate shown in FIG. 1 in use with a wok;

FIG. 6a is an exploded perspective view of the grill plate shown in FIG. 1 and the marinating/smoking tray insert shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 6b is an assembled perspective view of the components shown in FIG. 6a with hood removed;

FIG. 6c is perspective view of the component showns in FIG. 6b with the hood closed;

FIG. 7a is a partial perspective view of the components shown in FIG. 6b;

FIG. 7b is a side view of the components shown in FIG. 7a;

FIG. 8a is an exploded perspective view of the grill plate shown in FIG. 1 with the poultry tray insert shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 8b is an assembled view of the components shown in FIG. 8a with a chicken positioned thereon;

FIG. 9a is an exploded perspective view of the grill plate shown in FIG. 1 with the pizza tray insert shown in FIG. 1; and

FIG. 9b is an underside perspective view of the pizza tray insert shown in FIG. 1.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

FIG. 1 shows a barbeque grill assembly, or kit of components, 10 suitable for use with a barbeque with one or more gas burners (not shown). The assembly 10 comprises a matte vitreous cast iron grill plate 12, a matte vitreous cast iron grill tray insert 14, a steel marinating/smoking tray insert 16, a steel rack 18, a steel poultry tray insert 20, a stone pizza tray insert 22. The barbeque also includes a hood 24 with an insulated handle 24a and a thermometer 24b.

As best shown in FIG. 2, the grill plate 12 has a substantially rectangular planar first cooking surface 26, which has a generally circular opening 28 therein. The grill plate 12 also includes a recess 28, with a drain opening 30, extending substantially across its front edge. The recess 28 is angled downwardly towards the opening 30 and forms part of a fat/fluid drainage arrangement (not shown). The drainage arrangement is shown in the applicant's Australian Provisional Patent Application entitled: “Improvements in barbeques”, filed 17 Sep. 2007, the contents of which are incorporated herein by cross reference.

The grill plate 12 also includes a pair of grooves 32 extending adjacent and along the sides of the grill plate 12, which assist in locating feet 18a (see FIG. 1) of the rack 18.

The opening 28 is bounded by three inwardly directed cooking insert support flanges 34 which are separated by arcuate gaps 36.

FIGS. 3a and 3b show the grill plate 12 with the grill tray insert 14 positioned within the opening 28. The grill plate 14 includes three arcuate indentations 38 which locate it with respect to the opening 28. The grill plate 14 also includes three handle portions 40 to assist in adding or removing the grill plate 14 from the grin plate 12. The central or inner part of the grill plate 12 defines a planar second cooking surface 42.

As best shown in FIGS. 5a and 5b, the grill plate's first cooking surface 26 is not parallel to the grill trays second cooking surface 42. More particularly, in use, the second cooking surface 42 is substantially horizontal and the first cooking surface 26 is angled forwardly downwardly at about 2.5 degrees from horizontal.

The differently angled cooking surfaces 26 and 42 are advantageous as they result in a barbeque grill plate in which the inclined first cooking surface 26 can be used to cook relatively solid foods (e.g. sausages and steaks) and the second horizontal cooking surface 42 can be used to cook relatively liquid foods (e.g. eggs and foods cooked in a sauce or marinade). Fat and other liquids released from the relatively solid foods cooked on the inclined first cooking surface 26 flow downwardly into the recess 28 for removal via the drainage arrangement. This provides a healthier cooked food. Food cooked on the second horizontal cooking surface 42 is prevented from running into the recess 28 and drainage arrangement. The cooking surfaces 26 and 42 can thus be used to cook differing types of food, simultaneously if required, using a single barbeque.

The upper surfaces of the support flanges 34 are, in use, also horizontal. As a result, and as shown in FIG. 6, this allows the support flanges 34 to also act as a wok trivet. This allows food to be cooked on the inclined first cooking surface 26 and also within a wok 44, simultaneously if required.

FIGS. 6a to 7b show the grill plate 12 with the marinating/smoking tray insert 16 positioned within the opening 28. The marinating/smoking tray insert 16, and tray 18, also each have a second horizontal cooking surface 42. In this configuration, food can be cooked on the smoked (e.g. using woodchips) or steamed on the rack 18.

FIGS. 8a and 8b show the grill plate 12 with the poultry tray insert 20 positioned F within the opening 28. The the poultry tray insert 20 also has a second horizontal cooking surface 42. In this configuration, food can be cooked on the first cooking surface 26 and a chicken 46, or other form of poultry, can be roasted on the poultry tray insert 20, simultaneously if required.

FIGS. 9a and 9b show the grill plate 12 with the pizza tray insert 22 positioned within the opening 28. The pizza tray insert 22 also has a second horizontal cooking surface 42 and a pair of handles 48 for positioning the tray 22 with respect to the opening 28 in the grill tray 12. A wire ring 50 is attached to the underside of the handles 48 that includes three arcuate portions 50a which locate the pizza tray insert 22 with respect to the flanges 34 and the gaps 36 surrounding the opening 28. In this configuration, a pizza can be cooked on the pizza tray insert 22. In a variation (not shown) of this configuration, the cast iron grill tray 14 is positioned in the opening 28 and the pizza tray 22 is positioned on the cast iron grill tray 14. In a further variation (not shown), a disposable foil tray (e.g. holding woodchips) is positioned on the cast iron grill tray 14 beneath the ceramic pizza tray 22.

The barbeque grill assembly/kit 10 is thus able to easily and quickly accommodate many differing types of foods and/or cooking styles, in some cases simultaneously if required, without requiring multiple barbeques or other cooking devices.

Although the invention has been described with reference to preferred embodiments, it will be appreciated by those persons skilled in the art, that the invention can be embodied in many other forms.