Turkey on the old Weber

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by bluewhisper, Dec 27, 2014.

  1. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It was a nice day yesterday, so I gave in to temptation.

    Injected and cooked over lump and maple

    That kettle dates back to the early 1980s, the handles are rotting off of it.

  2. She still cooks though don't she!
  3. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The grates are only about three years old. The front leg is wobbly - the weakest point of the design: the plastic shoe wears off, then when you drag the grill the leg hops and bangs, and eventually damages the weld to the kettle body.

    I first learned smoking on a Weber like that. It's completely different from running the offset. For most smokes I'll stoke it with X amount of fuel and let it go, controlling it by the top vent.

    I didn't use the offset for the turkey because it has the hinged rack in the lid, and it won't clear the bird.
  4. heubrewer

    heubrewer Meat Mopper

    I love cooking turkey on my Weber kettle grill.  Did one on Thanksgiving and one on Christmas.  I stack coals on either side, and use the hinged grate to refuel and add more chunk wood/chips depending on how I am smoking. 

    Put a water pan under that bird and collect the drippings, there is nothing better than smoked gravy!
  5. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have a smoked-turkey club sandwich in my near future.
  6. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I smoke just about everything on my Kettle most of the time these days. It is just me here so I don't usually need a lot of space. There is a Webber kettle forum where you can find new handles and parts of all kinds to spruce that baby up. I have seen custom handles on some of the really old ones from the 60s and 70s that guys have made that are pretty cool. I will see if I can find the link for you. I am pretty sure you can get new wheels there too. I wouldn't be surprised if Webber doesn't still sell all the parts you need to make her like new again. If you are so inclined. Or you could do like I did.

    I truly love this baby. Man it is saweeet!
  7. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'm planning to make new handles from honeysuckle trunks. Planning, yes. Doing? Hm.

    Well, the Weber that I learned smoking on doubled as a campsite fire pit, and we burned the handles off of it.

    That kettle had no legs. I've mentioned this in other threads, I put it in a steel wheel rim like a ball in a socket, it worked just fine and it was the right height to sit on the ground next to it like a campfire. And, it could pivot to compensate for a sloping site.
  8. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I had a buddy in idaho that had his on top of an old washing machine tub. same concept. worked fine. Hahaha....

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