BBQ Flavour Marabu Charcoal 5kg
Marabu is taken from the Marabu plant. That is a plant that grows wildly and very aggressively into bushes or trees as much as ten feet tall. Officially the plant is not from Cuba, or the Caribbean, but it was imported from Africa in the nineteenth century. Cuba used to be financially supported by the Soviet Union, as it was also a communist state at the time. However, when the Soviet Union fell, of course that financial support also stopped and Cuba was on its own. Therefore, Cuba fell into a severe economic crisis. The land and agriculture were neglected and so the invasive Marabu plant was given free rein to grow. It was a hit! Maraba charcoal turned out to have really exceptional properties in terms of combustivity, this accounts for the very long cooking time and the high degree of carbonization during the process. The processing is truly artisanal and time-consuming. The charcoal burner builds a kind of stack, or Meiler. In this process, the branches are stacked sorted by size, with the heaviest branches located in the middle and the less heavy ones on the outside. Marabu is a heavy wood and this property is also retained during the 14 to 24 hour burning process. Partly because of this, the caloric value is very high. Marabu charcoal has a long burn time, even at high temperatures and develops very little smoke due to its complete carbonization.