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Cadac Carri Chef 2 BBQ Paella Pan Combo Review – Overview

How to write a Cadac Carri Chef 2 BBQ Paella Pan Combo Review when you’ve only owned it for a week? Well, we’d owned a Cadac many years ago, which we loved. However, I did manage to destroy it whilst having a family BBQ. I remember it well, it was a beautiful sunny day, surrounded by family and friends. We were younger and more foolish then and I’d maybe drunken my weight in beer. Of course, those who know me know that I’m lightweight in two areas. My physical weight as well as my legendary ability to probably drink the weight of a gold fish.

Anyway I digress, one thing lead to another and well, there was nothing even the best burns Doctor could do to save the Cadac. it involved too many fatty sausages and some slightly reckless behaviour on my part.

I spent years denying it was my fault and basically blaming the design of the Cadac. Of course, it wasn’t. Because of this I couldn’t buy a Cadac to replace it. Besides, they’re not cheap. I eventually bought a Weber Baby Q which are actually a similar price to the Cadac, but of course I couldn’t by one. We had this BBQ for about 5 years and, well, all good things of course come to an end.

Worn Out

It was getting a bit worn and needed replacing. We toyed with the idea of getting a coal BBQ, but it’s a lot less practical. On shorter trips away in the caravan we’d take a disposable BBQ, but could never get the temperature right. It was either too hot, with flames burning everything or we’d leave it too long and the embers were in capable of keeping a tramp’s hands warm in the spring.

I’ve recently joined Social Media (Yep, late starter) and Twitter & Instagram seem to be obsessed with Cadac’s, almost to the point where you’re starting to think they are Cadac employees, or in some way rewarded for their loyalty. I mean we loved our Cadac, but some of these people are fanatics. After a while though it does start to rub off. I mean, all these people can’t be wrong, and they certainly couldn’t ALL be being paid by CADAC?

Just to be clear I’m not being paid for my Cadac Carri Chef 2 BBQ Paella Pan Combo Review. Nope I’m doing it just to help other people, I know, just weird right?

We went off to GoOutdoors to buy one, we were going on holiday in the caravan and wanted to take a BBQ with us. GoOutdoors only had one and it wasn’t exactly what we wanted. You know when you want something and can’t get it…It makes you want it even more? Well, I’m like that, that’s why I have an iPhone. Apple never seem to make enough when released and when on comes out you get one straight away as you can’t possibly wait if there isn’t enough stock. I know it’s a marketing gimmick, but I fall for it every time.

We got back from Go Outdoors and I scoured the internet and God only knows it needed a clean!

So, we bought the BBQ as well as the Braai Plate. We bought this as an option as the supplied grill has holes in it and we also wanted a flat surface to cook eggs, for example, on. I’m paranoid about fat dripping through the holes…

Cadac Carri Chef 2 BBQ Paella Pan Combo Review – Unboxing

This is how it arrived. Very well secured and good to see they didn’t use another box to put it all in when there’s absolutely no need. So, full marks there. You’ll see on top the optional plate we purchased and the rest it the BBQ and the Paella Pan (47cm).

On the subject of the Paella Pan, I think it’s the weirdest thing to call it and I mentioned this to CADACUK on twitter and they asked me why I thought it was weird to call it that? So, who cooks paella in the UK? Apparently more people than I thought, so what do I know? Not a lot when it comes to Paella obviously. For the record I’ve only had Paella once as a lad on my first holiday abroad with mates.

We were on a boat off the coast of Ibiza and they had the BIGGEST pan I’d ever seen of Paella. Most importantly, I had a hangover and since then I’ve not been able to face it. In fact if it was up to me I wouldn’t ave even bought the pan because it says “Paella” on it. But these things are n’t always up to me!

Putting it together is a bit fiddly to start with, but you only have a few bits to screw together for the first time and after that it’s easy enough. Have a look at my video at the bottom of the page, if I can do it, anyone can!

Cadac Carri Chef 2 BBQ Paella Pan Combo Review – Accessories

You can buy CADAC’s in a “combo” set. Now you have to be careful when comparing prices from retailers as there are different sets. Now, these Amazon photo’s are called “affiliate links”. If you click on an item and buy it, we get a small amount from Amazon. It won’t cost you any more to purchase and it’ll be invisible to you and I promise it won’t hurt a bit. I think the Government would call that transparency. So, that’s me being transparent…

If you take a look on Amazon now, you’ll see different prices for seemingly the same thing.

But look closer, some are slightly different and you can even see the grillo which is a smaller version. A couple of times I almost bought the wrong thing thinking I was getting an absolute bargain. CADAC are one of those products you don’t normally see in a sale.

There’s a Chef’s Pan, which is like the Paella Pan but without handles. You can also get a bag for the CADAC as well as a leg bag. Both of which we have. In fact I’ve just bought them writing this article!

Cadac Carri Chef 2 BBQ Paella Pan Combo Review – Bags

You get bags for everthing, except the legs. Therefore, it all packs away really neatly and it’s obvious CADAC have spent some time on this. Even the lid has a place outside the back and is held in place with elasticated straps.

You can see from the photo that the Paella Pan is in it’s own bag and so to is the BBQ grid and the Braai Plate, which are tucked in the bag as you can hopefully see from the photo. It’s quite heavy, but at least it’s all in one place. Even the legs tuck in the bottom again, held in place by elasticated straps. Maybe with a bit of pushing and shoving the Paella Pan might also go in at a stretch.

Cadac Carri Chef 2 BBQ Paella Pan Combo Review – Assembly

Putting it all together on site is a breeze. Screw the legs in, place the blue gas ring and black pan holder (they might technically be called something else) connect to gas and you’re off. If you don’t have an external gas point on your caravan you can use an external bottle. I’ll show you how easy it is to assemble here (please excuse the baggy “tracksuit bottoms” ) :

Cadac Carri Chef 2 BBQ Paella Pan Combo Review – Cooking

Naturally, price and design are important. However, most importantly what’s it like to cook on? I hear you ask and I’ll finally give you my opinion. Now, you might like to take my opinion with a pinch of salt, excuse the pun. I’m no Jamie Oliver, but in someways that’s a good thing. I can tell you what it’s like to cook on from a normal person’s point of view. Someone that doesn’t really cook at home, in fact, cooking wise I’m your typical male. Does no cooking at home, but merge the outside and fire and I’m the first with a pair or tongs and a chef’s hat, I might sometimes wear a novelty apron.

Gas On, Gas Off

The gas lights like a dream, it’s so quiet I’ve had to check it’s a light. On my old Weber there was a button you pressed in “Clunk”. With the CADAC it’s a smooth turn of a dial and you’re done.

The heat on the plate is adjustable easily and effectively. Of course you can still burn stuff, it’s you doing the cooking after all, not the BBQ. With the lid on you can see the temp of the BBQ by looking at the dial, very useful. On the subject of the lid you can take it off and hang in on the side of the BBQ.

Having read that back, I’ve not told you what it’s like to cook on. Well, it’s easy, with the lid on it cooks quickly and evenly. With the Paella Pan you don’t use the lid. The coolest part of the BBQ plate is the outside and the hottest is near the middle, basically where the gas rig is.

When using the Paella Pan, use the pot stand, which you can also use for putting a kettle or pot on.

Cadac Carri Chef 2 BBQ Paella Pan Combo Review – Conclusions

Well made and sturdy. Not “cheap” but good value for money and will last you years if you don’t use it when drunk and using the fattiest sausages on the planet hence causing CADAC-mageddon

If you don’t need something quite so big they make the Grillo. Although there’s only two of us, we didn’t think the Grillo was that much smaller anyway and it certainly isn’t that much cheaper that you’d go for it IMHO

After being a previous CADAC owner I’m pleased to be back after a several year hiatus.

Have a look here at the cover and leg bag for the CADAC

Please comment below if you have anything to add, or if you have any questions that a caravanning fool is able to answer…

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Experienced caravanners that are still learning! Our first caravan was a Knaus which we bought from Germany in 2006. After this we bought a Autotrail Motorhome, but sold that to build a house. Once that was done we went back to a caravan, a Sterling Eccles, which we recently part-ex'd for a Bailey Unicorn.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Good review , only issue i have with the Cadac is they don’t have adjustable height legs so getting them level can prove to be an issue, meaning cooking oil rolls to one side in a puddle

  2. Great review. Very useful. I’ve been looking for some months at options, but as you say, CADAC does seem the BBQ of choice. I was also interested the Paella Pan Combo. Think this may be my next purchase on payday.

    • Thanks for the comment Dan. As I said in the article I had one previously as set fire to it, so we had a few years with the Weber which I really liked. I was put off getting another Cadac mainly due to the amount of people talking about them. I like to do things a bit differently! Anyway, the Weber had served us well and it was time for a change. I think Cadac on the whole is the better one, mainly because of all the accessories you can get, of course then the price mounts up. I never look forward to putting the legs on, they are a bit of a faff, but don’t take too long to do..
      Graham

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