Rev Your Engines!

In honor of the 4th of July, and BBQ season, we found an interesting cooking method we’d like to pass along. We’ll call it “roadtrip grilling.” The original credit for this information was found on and the post credits a book by Chris Maynard and Bill Scheller called Manifold Destiny.

As a disclaimer, we are a dental blog, and don’t have the proper expertise on car engine cooking to give the full thumbs-up for this method. Please read the book before attempting this in your vehicle–we would hate to hear about badly burnt roasts, or worse– broken-down cars!

These guys give step-by-step, safe instructions for cooking various meals and meats right on the engine of your car. Crazy, huh? The key to cooking food on your engine is to find the very hottest part (carefully, of course) of your engine.They claim that you can have a fully cooked meal right at the destination of your road trip by placing meat and/or veggies in foil on the engine of your car.

The book outlines some principles for keeping your car in working condition as you use it as a cooking mechanism. Check out the book for further detail, but the authors recommend:

  • don’t move any wires!
  • don’t put food on the engine while it’s running.
  • don’t cook foods with lots of juices or runny marinades that will drip all over your car parts.
  • don’t block the airflow.

The food you are cooking must be wrapped very well in tinfoil, so it does not end up getting on your engine, and to prevent the food from tasting like oil.

Manifold Destiny

offers tons of recipes that include precise mileage needed to cook up your favorite meals. Below is an example of the recipe format outlined in the book:

Pat’s Provolone Porsche Potatoes – Cooking distance: 55 miles
Good for vegetarians and a great side dish, this is simple, tasty car engine cooking.

1/2 pound new potatoes
1 cup milk
1 cup water
2 ounces grated aged provolone (or my favorite, aged cheddar)
Salt & pepper

Peel and slice potatoes to 1.4 inch thick. Place in a saucepan with the milk and water and simmer 10 mins. Drain, then spread onto heavily buttered foil. Sprinkle with your cheese (or cheeses, experiment with flavors) and seasonings. Sprinkle with butter, triple-wrap and place around medium-hot parts of the engine. Delicious.

If you try, or have already tried, this unique cooking method, please leave us a comment and let us know how it went.

Happy road-tripping!

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A practicing dentist since 1982, Dr. Gary Imm, provides advanced cosmetic dentistry, including smile makeovers, sedation, implant and TMJ services. He is committed to progressive, extraordinary care for his guests. All Smiles Dental Care trains at least 300 hours each year at such prestigious centers as the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dentistry. (LVI)