Taking Social Grilling to a New Level

Fondue was all the rage in the 1960s and 1970s as a popular fad in social dining. You’d stick a piece of meat into a boiling pot or dip a piece of bread into melted cheese. The latest trend in Del Mar is social grilling with the iBBQ. iBBQ is the innovative way to gather around the table and cook together. The idea is to connect with your family and friends over an open flame.

“The concept of the iBBQ is to sit at a beautiful table and grill together,” says Karim Pirani, owner of iBBQ Social Grilling. “Traditionally at a barbecue party, the host or hostess is stuck at the barbecue making food for everyone and they can’t fully enjoy the party. When they grill, the food often gets cold and everyone is done eating by the time they are done grilling. Using the iBBQ makes grilling flexible for everyone’s needs; you can cook the food the way you want it, and it will be hot and ready to eat.”

The discovery of the iBBQ came when Karim was living in London with his wife and daughter. They casually went to the largest garden show, the Royal Hampton Garden show, where his family spotted this unique outdoor dining table that had a grill built in the center of the table. After a long day of strolling around the gardens, they finally took the unique table home with them. When they had their friends visit from San Diego, the family became intrigued to bring this idea of social grilling back to the warmer climate of San Diego. They eventually opening their brand-new showroom in Del Mar.

There are two Angara outdoor grilling table models: the basic Angara and the Angara Maximus.

These state-of-the-art tables complement the backyard with special features of one to three grills and a cover with a security lock. The tables come with LED lights to set the mood and light up your space as the sun goes down.

“What is great about having the option of three grills is that you and your guests can grill multiple items; cook meat on one and fish with sauteed vegetables on the other. It makes it a personal experience,” Karim says.

Karim’s main grilling tip for the ultimate grill master comes from celebrity chef Bobby Flay.

“Heat the grill with canola oil, not olive oil. Place the meat on the grill, and let it sit for a while. Don’t try to move it around. Season with salt and pepper to your liking. Keep it simple.”

The weather won’t be cooling down for a while, so this is the perfect time to gather friends together around the iBBQ.

1237 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, California, iBBQ.com