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I LOVE my new Weber 18.5 1-Touch Gold!!! Did some WINGS today!!!

post #1 of 19
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Oh my, what a difference it makes to have a really good charcoal kettle. I hadn't used a Weber charcoal grill for over 25 years...been a gas-griller until 1-1/2 years ago when we got another kettle. Today, to my surprise, Fed-Ex dropped my 10-year service award choice from work at my door, so after spending the 5 or 6 minutes to put it together, I just had to find a reason to put it to the test.


My wife had 3 packages (over 15lb) of wings she wanted cooked for dinner tonight. I removed the tips and tossed 1-1/2 packages into the oven seasoned with Tony's Creole. Another large batch went into my newest Uniflame 22" kettle...the one with only one handle on the front and stamped/formed hinges on the back..don't buy this model, btw...older model was OK, but the new ones are seriously chopped-down versions.


Anyway, I had the Weber 18.5" heating up to season it with about 1.5lb briquettes, and I started the 22" with 2lbs and went to grillin' up more Ton's on it. After a 20-25 minute burn-in with the Weber, I pitched a few into it with some Cajun seasoning. I was pretty skeptical about the Weber's capability, but was very pleased with the even cooking/searing it gave to my wings tonight. The 22" Uniflame burned the coals up and I had to add another pound of hot briqs to finish the wings, which was no big deal, but this grill cannot give a lower & slower grilling like the weber did, without any real effort on my part.


If anyone is in the market for a charcoal kettle, go for the GOLD!!! The Silver would be a very good choice as well, IMO. I've looked into barrel grills here and there, but am not impressed with any of the designs, so far, and the Weber has porcelain enamel bowls and lids...these  babies are built for a lifetime of great cooking.



OK, here's the goods...just a few minutes into the Weber:

1 just in weber



And, with a bit of a head start, the Uniflame has a bigger job to do, so I was covering the coal-bed to sear, then move to the side and add more, until all were seared on one side only. Then, I started turning and finishing...heat control is a bit touchy/feely on these cheapo grills:

2 uniflame



Nice and slow cooking in the Weber with a relatively even, light golden brown searing...very little tending required for these:

3 weber done



And the cheapo, with much shuffling around...intake vents were closed and the fire was still too hot in most places:

4 uniflame done


Of course the oven roasted had a soft skin on the bottom, and no char-grilled flavor, so not the greatest. The grilled were top notch...crisp skin & oldest daughter is into hot wings lately, so she mixed up some Frank's hot sauce with butter and Lemon juice to coat about 1/2 of every kind........GOOD EATS!!!!!!!!


Easy does it with the Weber, and great results...they really got it right with these kettles...I'll have to pitch out some extra cash and buy another one to go with my gift from work.


Thanks all!



post #2 of 19

Looking good!! i have never heard a bad word about the weber kettles

post #3 of 19

My Weber is 25 years old, and I bought it used (but nearly new).  I have replaced the fire grate once and am about due again.  These are great units that are fun to use.  It will outlive me.

post #4 of 19

I don't think I'll ever buy another grill...gas or charcoal again after buying my 18.5" Silver and the Performer.  Hands down the easiest grills to operate.

post #5 of 19

i purchased a weber silver 22.5, today itried it out with a beercan chicken, well it was great! i never knew grilling could be so easy! im glad i bought this grill!

post #6 of 19

Looks amazing! Might have to add wings to the superbowl menu along with the pork shoulder.

post #7 of 19

The weber... she is magic!

post #8 of 19

i have a chargriller duo with the propane grill and barely ever use it!!!  I use my ebc and move it around so i can grill with it!!! The taste of the charcoal is sooo much better than gas!!!

post #9 of 19

I have 3 Webers, 2- 22.5 kettles, 1-WSM 22.5. Wouldn't trade any of them. They just seem to last forever.

post #10 of 19

Never used a Weber but those wings sure look good...

post #11 of 19

I got a 22.5 Webber Silver last year. It replaced a cheap Kmart grill that I used all the time. I could not believe the difference in a Webber. I love the thing, More constant heat, I get better smoke out of it. I can control the temp better. Well worth the money.

post #12 of 19

Nothing like a Weber in my book. Now you can start saving for the WSM and you will be truly amazed.

post #13 of 19

Congrats on the new grill icon14.gif

post #14 of 19
I have a Chargriller duo and my next purchase is going to be a WSM I haven't heard a bad comment about any Weber products yet. And those wing sound awesome
post #15 of 19

I still have my first 22.5 Weber Kettle that I bought in 1996 and it is still going strong. The only problem I had with it was one of the leg mounts seperated at the spot welds but I blame that on myself for all of the excessive moving I did with the grill. Fixed it and it just keeps on ticking. I'm now looking at a 26" but kinda holding off untill I see whether or not Weber will off all of the add-ons that they offer for the 22.5". Also wish they would come out with a 26" WSM.

post #16 of 19

Wings. YUM!

post #17 of 19

Hey fellas,


I'm new to the forum, but I had to chime in on this thread. I've used the Weber Kettle most of my adult life, and have not found a reason to change. I had the 22.5 Gold, but a large sheet of ice slid off my roof and crushed it a couple years ago. Since then I've been getting along with a Smokey Joe. My wife (bless her heart) got me a 22.5 Silver for my birthday, and it will be arriving today.

I'm looking forward to learning some of the tricks of smoking and BBQing from you fellas.





post #18 of 19

Eric, congrats on a great grill that will last you for the greater part of your life. I have the 22.5 One Touch Gold, and they are both worthy of great grilling. I also use my with the AMZN cold smoker, what a charm. It's all good my friend.

post #19 of 19
Yep the weber kettles rock! Love my performer! Haven't used the summit gold since I got it!
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