Food & Drink International - Winter 2017, Volume 2 - 96
Red Heat Tavern
Bringing the Heat
Red Heat Tavern's Josper oven brings a backyard flavor to its
casual-dining menu. By Tim O'Connor
Red Heat Tavern
Headquarters: Andover, Mass.
Specialty: Casual dining
Alan Frati, executive chef: "It's
definitely an advantage to have such a
great piece of equipment."
The authentic backyard flavors
enabled by the oven give Red Heat
Tavern a signature taste, which, in
turn, encourages Frati to utilize it in
cooking whenever possible. About 70
percent of Red Heat Tavern's menu
touches the Josper in some way.
The oven is traditionally used in
Spanish-style tapas dishes, but Frati has utilized it to grill wings, roast
tomatoes to make in-house ketchup,
cook jalapenos for nachos, make donuts and even heat the cherries used
to top cheesecake.
"We use that piece of equipment
much differently than even the Josper
company has typically found," Frati
says. "We found ways to impart the
favors from the Josper in all our dishes, even the dishes that don't come off
>> The Josper oven gives Red Heat Tavern's menu items a signature taste.
very restaurant has one thing
its known for.: a signature
dish or cocktail, a recognizable décor or a trendy
location. At Massachusetts's Red Heat
Tavern, the showstopper is the oven.
The casual restaurant concept,
which has two sites in the Boston suburbs, is one of a handful of eateries
in all of New England to use a Josper
charcoal oven. It is imported from
Spain and can cook at temperatures
as high as 900 F. "It really imparts a
unique flavor for the food," Executive
Chef Alan Frati says. "By combining
a grill and a smoker, we're able to get
that backyard barbecue taste while
getting a little smokiness too."
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Red Heat Tavern began in 2014 when
the owners of Burtons Grill, a restaurant group with 14 locations on the
East Coast, decided to launch another casual dining concept using the
same principles that made Burtons
Grill successful. Red Heat Tavern
shares its predecessor's commitment