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Grilling Product Reviews: FlipKabob – Easy Squeezy?

In the latest of our Grilling Product Reviews, we address if the Flipkabob is an effective evolution to those cumbersome skewer rods. On a consistent basis the team here at GrillJunkie™ sets time aside to communicate our formal rating on either a Grilling, BBQ or Burger related product. We do this via our Grilling Product Reviews process. As you certainly can imagine these products run the gamut from: Gotta Have It!CoolUsefulUtilitarianRidiculous and the, well, Just Plain Asinine! The spectrum of grilling related products is wide.

Today’s Grilling Product Reviews candidate:

Flipkabob – $19.95

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The GrillJunkie™ Grilling Product Reviews (GPR) Scale

Based on our extensive field research, the GrillJunkie Product Review team assigns a formal rating to every product that we test. This rating is based on a 1-5 Firepot structure depicted through our Grilling Product Review (GPR) scale as illustrated below. Them number of Firepots given to the grilling product indicates its final rating. The higher the number of Firepots, the more positive the review.  

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  GrillJunkie GPR Four FirePot ratingQuick Product Reviews Rating: For the more impatient reader who needs to get the rating right away, we gave the FlipKabob a 4.3 out of 5 GrillJunkie™ GPR Firepots. This rating equates to a Hot product.

The FlipKabob solidly addresses and solves the three main problems of utilitarian kebab skewers: they are cumbersome, dangerous to handle and are prone to allowing their contents to slip leading to grilling product reviewsunevenly grilled food. The simple, fun to use and well constructed FlipKabob provides the user with a convenient skewer channel to easily and safely grab, squeeze and flip the kebab skewer. Combined with an attractive, well balanced and easy to use hardwood and stainless steel design and you’re looking at a highly effective grill tool that will up your kabob grilling mastery and enjoyment.

For more detail on this Product Review, including The Secrets to Perfect Kabobs as well as the many upcoming Grilling Product Reviews on our schedule, read on!

First Up: What is a Kebab?


Grilled tuna kebabsKebab, also spelled kebap, kabob, or kabap, is a Middle Eastern, Eastern Mediterranean, and South Asian dish of pieces of meat, fish, or vegetables roasted or grilled on a skewer, stick or spit. Despite some misgivings, kebabs have been popular for a long, long time. Archaeologists in Greece have unearthed firedogs dating back to the 17th century BC that had notches carved in them, possibly to support skewers over an open fire. The term kabap comes much later though, traced back to at least the 17th century (some stories claim the word was originally used in Turkey to describe how soldiers fire-roasted meats that they’d skewered on swords).

The term kebab, originated in the Eastern Mediterranean, where it is mentioned by Homer, or the Middle East, and later adopted in Central Asia and by the regions of the former Mongol Empire and later Ottoman Empire, before spreading worldwide.

In American English, kebab with no qualification refers to shish kebab (Turkish: şiş kebap) cooked on a skewer, whereas in Europe it refers to doner kebab, sliced meat served in a pita. In the Middle East, however, kebab refers to meat that is cooked over or next to flames; large or small cuts of meat, or even ground meat; it may be served on plates, in sandwiches, or in bowls.

The traditional meat for kebab is lamb, but depending on local tastes and religious prohibitions, other meats may Grilled tuna kebabsinclude beef, goat, chicken, pork or heartier fish and seafood such a tuna or shrimp. Like other ethnic foods brought by travelers, the kebab has remained a part of everyday cuisine in most of the Eastern Mediterranean and South Asia.

In theory, meat on a stick is an incredible idea—fast to cook, easy to eat, and completely open to great flavor possibilities. But far too many kebabs fall flat, coming out dry, tasteless, and nowhere near their full potential. After many years of grilling and lots of trial and error, though, the GrillJunkie team has found ways to make consistently delicious kebabs. Follow these methods and there’s no risk of making your guests suffer through subpar kebabs at your next backyard barbecue.

Does the FlipKabob evolve the utilitarian, cumbersome and dangerous kabab skewer to the next level by successfully combining durability, effectiveness and user safety into an “Easy, Squeezy Kebab Flipper?” Let’s see!

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The GrillJunkie Grilling Product Reviews follow a comprehensive structure which includes the:

 

  • Problem that needs to be solved or addressed
  • Solution to that problem
  • Good, Bad and Ugly elements of the product
  • Verdict – the official GrillJunkie™ GPR (Grilling Product Reviews Rating)

So let’s dig in to the FlipKabob product review.

Official Product Review and GPR

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Problem – The way we view it, there is nothing more enjoyable than creating a great grilled kabob! It doesn’t matter if you’ve skewered steak, chicken, shrimp or veggies, kabobs are always a hit with family and friends. They are fun to prepare, they look incredible, their aroma is enticing and the taste and texture experience is incomparable. But, trying to turn a kabob skewer is an incredible hassle. Without the right tools at your disposal, fingers get involved and that situation usually ends badly and in frustration. Without oven gloves, fingers will be burned. If attempting to turn kabobs with tongs, forks or spatulas, the food inevitably falls off or spins creating unevenly grilled kabobs.

  • Product’s Solution Pitch – The FlipKabob team’s approach to addressing the problem was to develop, market and distribute the FlipKabob grilling toolAccording to the company’s marketing material / ad copy:
“FlipKabob turns the chore of cooking and turning shish kabobs into a thing of the past. Now you can cook them evenly on all sides and keep your fingers away from the flames. This simple idea works using hand pressure to hold all of the ingredients together so you can lift, flip and roll the kabob to grilled perfection. Simply unlock the FlipKabob and slide the skewer into the skewer channel when placing, flipping or removing skewers from the grill. When you’re ready to flip, simply slide the skewer into the skewer channel… squeeze it, flip it and release the squeeze on the handles. That’s it! It doesn’t get any simpler! FlipKabob is the perfect gift for any grill master! Put one in your grilling toolbox today!

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The Good – The product has a few important positive attributes. First of all, the FlipKabob product team did indeed address the problem head on by making the chore and hassle of grilling Shish Kabobs a thing of the past. With the simple and elegantly designed FlipKabob not only can you cook evenly on all sides but the food will not fall off the skewer and you’re not placing your fingers on hot metal or into the burn zone. Under extensive product testing using various grills and kabob contents, the hard to impress GrillJunkie team found that this grilling product:

  • Is well made by combining hardwood handles with durable stainless steel
  • Includes 6 square-edged stainless steel skewers
  • Is well designed to safely grab, squeeze and flip kabobs
  • Can be used to grab, squeeze and flip larger pieces of meat such as brisket
  • Is easy to clean
  • Comes with a lockable spring-tong handle for easy storage
  • Should last a lifetime with minimal care

 

The Bad – There is, however, one very minor critique to the FlipKabob.  Although the hole to hang the FlipKabob is generous, there are a few grills that we could not hang the tool on the accessory rack. Maybe a leather strap would solve this problem.

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The Ugly – We did not believe that this variable directly applied to this product. In fact, the FlipKabob has a clean and attractive design and is very elegant, well designed and extremely effective. If the FlipKabob’s hardwood handles do become a bit faded and tattered over time, the application of a small amount of food grade wood oil will make a well used and faded FlipKabob look like new again.

Verdict – We give the FlipKabob a 4.3 out of 5 GrillJunkie™ GPR Firepots. This rating equates to a Hot product.  The FlipKabob solidly addresses and solves the three main problems of utilitarian kebab skewers: they are cumbersome, dangerous to handle and are prone to allowing their contents to slip leading to grilling product reviewsunevenly grilled food. The simple, fun to use and well constructed FlipKabob provides the user with a convenient skewer channel to easily and safely grab, squeeze and flip the kebab skewer. Combined with an attractive, well balanced and easy to use hardwood and stainless steel design and you’re looking at a highly effective grill tool that will up your kabob grilling mastery and enjoyment.

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We look forward to any new product developments that will come from the FlipKabob team. The future is ours to see. Stay tuned! We only have about 250 products on our Grilling Product Reviews schedule before that.

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    GrillJunkie Rating of FlipKabob = 4.3 / 5.0

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Comments ( 4 )

  1. ReplyKaren

    That is one GREAT review for one OUTSTANDING grill utensil. It makes us very happy to know that Grill Junkie put us through rigorous testing and we came out with flying colors. It truly is a handy tool when it comes to cooking kabobs. Everyone needs a FlipKabob in their grilling tool arsenal. Thank you, Grill Junkie, for an unbiased and honest review.

    • ReplyGrill Junkie Staff

      Hi Karen! Thank you for your feedback on the Grilling Product Review! We're firing up the grills tonight and guess what's on the menu? Tuna Kabobs! And yes, we'll be using the FlipKabob! Fun and Yum! Have a sizzling night!

  2. ReplyKaren

    They sound delightful. Have fun... and remember that it's as simple as SQUEEZE IT, FLIP IT & THAT'S IT!

  3. ReplyGrillin' Steve

    Looks like a simple enough tool, perfect for the job it's meant for. The Flipkabob team may wish to work on their website a little though, the cart area in particular is not very attractive with all that empty space.

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