Could there be any better way to celebrate Memorial Day here in 2011 – with the gold price hovering comfortably above $1,500 an ounce, perhaps ready to go higher – than by sharing a cold beer with friends while standing beside a gold grill? This report at Bankrate.com provides the details of what is, apparently, a very real, very gold-plated, gas grill.
If you really want to pull out all the stops, the most expensive barbecue, of course, has to start with a grill that embarrasses that thing rusting in the corner of your deck. It has to simultaneously make no sense whatsoever and all the sense in the world. This why a gold-plated barbecue was made.
Introduced by BeefEater Barbecues, apparently because they can, they had the state of mind to hand-plate every square inch of this grill in 24-carat gold except for the cooking surface — just in case someone actually wants to use a gold-plated barbecue. The value of such a grill? A mere approximate $164,000.
Though no one would question BeefEater’s claim that the grill is “the ultimate in backyard bling,” perhaps you like your remarkably expensive barbecues a little more understated. Thankfully, there’s the Outdoor Kitchen Center, also from BeefEater Barbecues. Maxing out at four burners and about $50,000, there will be no mistaking that a statement is being made, in addition to burgers.
I wonder if the price of the grill goes up and down along with the spot price of gold. That second grill doesn’t sound like much of a better deal, though I do remember a guy in Southern California about six or seven years ago who may have spent about half that much on a built-in barbecue, mustering a bit of his home equity for the cause before it vanished.
Amazingly, he also added a room onto his house for his cat.