This Lava Grill Makes One Fast Steak [VIDEO]
I'm sure we've all had a nice quick-seared steak in our lives, especially if you tend to frequent successful chain steakhouses that have infamously mastered the art of cooking a fast-but-still-tasty piece of meat. However, those steaks still take a lifetime to cook compared to the two slabs of cow that grilled over a stream of molten lava just last month.
The maniacs over at Bompas and Parr studio - who work with innovators of contemporary food design and culinary research - traveled up to Syracuse University in upstate New York last June to experience some very unique cooking, where pairs of steaks and corn ears were grilled over artificial lava.
According to the studio blog, "Professor Robert Wysocki has over-clocked an industrial bronze furnace and is busy working up an expertise in creating artificial volcanoes and streams of man-made lava."
Wysocki, a sculptor and assistant professor of art at Syracuse, has worked with geologist Jeff Karson to pour more than 100 streams of artificial lava in the Syracuse University Lava Project.
According to the university, the researchers created basaltic lava that averages about 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit (1,200 Celsius), which is then used for research projects, class demonstrations, sculptor projects, and even to cook up a quick steak.
Wysocki was kind enough to share his lava-related work on a growing Vimeo album. Here you can watch two beautiful ribeye steaks get seared well past perfection in a little more than 90 seconds.
And while seeing these gorgeous chunks of meat get engulfed in lava-borne flames may seem like absolute blasphemy for some meat lovers, it is still undeniably entertaining to watch. You can also view an unfortunate ear of corn get immolated at the end of the lava's path - a process that takes only a moment of brief contact with the molten basalt.
Basaltic lava is the same slow-flowing rock that is commonly seen emerging from ocean floor fissures or shield volcanoes.
While it proved amazingly efficient, it is not recommended that you try to make a lava grill at home. If you're pressed for time, you're best off just ordering some take-out.