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Just simple grilling on the Weber

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Yesterday I grilled a chicken - not shooting for smoked, just grilled over charcoal. But it fell a bit short, not enough fuel.


First things first, the bird and the knife I call MANUFACTURE STAINLESS (that's what its box says)



I cut the back, and put it in a bowl of brine for about 90 minutes



This is a 1980s Weber old enough that the (remaining) handles are rotting off - which I guess speaks well for the rest of the materials used in its manufacture. However, the grates are only about five years old. I plan to cut some honeysuckle stems to make new handles.



Briquettes lit by split maple - but my mistake was not stoking enough




Off we go, nothing fancy - that Hoffritz nonstick rack is a perfect match for that Weber





My primitive method for monitoring the temp - but if the probe touches the meat, the reading drops sharply




And that's the end of the pics. The fuel ran out, and I didn't want to stoke raw charcoal. The bird was just cooked enough for the juices to run clear and the flavor was good. Now I have some meat to shred up. I chose not to smoke because I thought simple roasted chicken would make better leftovers.


Lesson learned: More fuel!

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Ahhh, Webers.  They keep going and going and going.


Looks like a good grill session, not only for the taste but the lesson.  Thanks for sharing.

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You would have liked the Weber at the cabin I used to watch - it was left as useless junk because the legs were missing, so I put it in a wheel rim (also left as junk) and it sat like a ball in a socket. Sweet for use on a slope because you just pivot it to level.


This one is losing the weld on the front leg. That's one weak point of the design; if you drag it forward the front leg will bang and hop. I suppose there was a plastic glide foot on it back when Gerald Ford was President.


I really don't know exactly when we got it but it replaced a full-size Weber my parents bought in the late 1960s. These things are expensive but they're a long-lasting investment.

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