im a weber grill newbie

Discussion in 'Grilling Chicken' started by willyjhopuky, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Depending on the condition of the grills Button.  Hose them off and fire them up.  The great thing about Weber is the parts are readily available by Weber or HomeDepot or Lowes. Must have for the kettle IMO are the weber chimney for starting and the new style grate that the sides lift up.  
     
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  2. I too am new to the Weber Grill and recently purchased the 22.5 Gold version of the grill. The first thing I tried on it was a beer butt chicken. I have made dozens of these on my gas grill. My problem was that the lid would not sit tight due to the top of the chicken sticking up too high by about 1 inch. Not a big bird either, 5 lbs. I tried both of my chicken beer butt holders and that did not help at all. Any ideas or mods?
     
  3. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    The greatest grill ever made...the question is what CAN'T you do on a kettle?

    Kettles, grill, smoke and bake... I use a big kettle, small kettle in the form of a mini, and kettle parts in my UDS.
     
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  4. LOVE my kettle wish I got one decades ago. I added the side charcoal baskets you could try coals on the sige chicken on the coal grate with a heat shield between
     
  5. Thanks BDSkelly,Thats kinda what i thought. I've got a chimney starter and will get the new grate. Thanks again   Button
     
  6. Do your tday turkey on the Weber and you will never put one in the oven again.
    I cooked my first turkey on a weber in about 1980, I haven't taken one near a oven since.
    If you truly want to kick it up a notch, brine the bird overnight. I use Alton Brown's brine (available on the Food Network website).
    Enjoy
     
  7. One thing I like to do is fresh asparagus.  I season them on a platter with salt and pepper and then spray with butter.  I get the grill going by pouring a full lit chimney in charcoal baskets on either side of the grill and put the asparagus in the middle.  I just roll them around with tongs every 5 minutes or so until they turn bright green and I test them by pinching the root end of the thick ones with my tongs.  If they all have a good give when I squeeze them I pull them off.  Been a favorite side dish that I can throw on after I finish any meat that I had been cooking because they only take 10 minutes give or take a few.


    I also like to do chicken wings.  I cut them up and throw them in a bag with McCormicks Mesquite maranade mix with a little splash of sweet baby ray's bbq sauce in zip lock back for a few hours before I plan on cooking.  I set the grill up with the charcoal baskets in the middle and put the wings around the outside in a circle.  I cook them till 165, which takes 40 minutes or so depending on how many I have and if I have to do different batches.  I got the idea from   I had tried many other ways before this including searing them and moving them over, but I just couldn't keep up and I hated watching the skin burn up while trying to move them around.  This way I just put them on and close the lid without worrying about flareups
     
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  8. I have a 22.5 Weber, and other than keep the grate clean and lubricated, there's not much more that I do. Every once-in-a-while, I'll scrape out the build-up that gets in the lid and the bowl.

    I've learned from my WSM water bowl that the porcelain really holds up! I've actually used a stainless steel scrubby on it with no problem, although I do it somewhat gently. There are probably some folks that wouldn't advise this.

    If the outside is dirty, you could use a scrubby (plastic, if you're nervous about it), and some dish detergent.

    How dirty is it? You usually don't see any rust...or at least I've never seen any on mine. Not sure about the gas grill: I have one (not a Weber though), but it usually stays in the garage.

    Happy cookin'!
     
  9. Oops! Didn't realize there was a second page. My post was in reply to this one on the first page.......
     
  10. ats32

    ats32 Smoking Fanatic

    Mine rusted at the welds but it is 35 years old. I cleaned, repaired, sanded, and repainted it with high temp engine paint and it's like brand new with still the flavor of 35 years of smokin!
     
  11. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

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  12. ats32

    ats32 Smoking Fanatic

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    It's in the background. I'll have to look for more pics or take more if you want. I don't know if I have any from the middle of the process but I do have before pics somewhere.

     
  13. paulfaya

    paulfaya Newbie

    Are you talking about the Smokey Mountain or a regular Weber grill?

    Either one is an excellent piece of equipment for any type of grilling or smoking.  I have both and use the Smokey Mountain for slow (225-250 degree) smoking of any type of meat. Congratulations and good luck as you enjoy grilling and cooking food over which your family and friends will rave.
     
  14. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Looks good ATS, Did you repaint it the original color?   Is that high heat engine enamel paint?
     
  15. ats32

    ats32 Smoking Fanatic

    This is a rustoleum high heat enamel paint. Usually meant for engines. They have a few different kinds and this was the highest temp resistance I found. The blueended up being a little bit lighter than I wanted so I plan on buying a dark grey or go back to black sometime in the next few months but haven't had the time to redo it yet. I'm happy with the product, just not pumped with the color.

    Forgot no links allowed...
     
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  16. tstalafuse

    tstalafuse Fire Starter

    DFW
    Not really a mod, but an accessory that will expand the capacity vertically so you don't run into the chicken being too big issue.  

    Smoke-EZ.com. (no financial interest in this product, I just love.) 

    I use one on my Weber and have for the most part stopped using my horizontal offset and use the Weber for smoking everything.
     
  17. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    It's basically turning it into a bigger mini wsm.  Not sure about the price tag of $200!    
     
  18. ats32

    ats32 Smoking Fanatic

    Get one of these and a pizza stone

     
  19. tstalafuse

    tstalafuse Fire Starter

    DFW
    Yes, with the bonus of having the Weber for grilling and saving $200 vs. buying them separately.  
     
  20. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Been looking at those Pizza gizmos ATS... Seriously considering it.  I like the blue.  I'm a proud owner of a GWK  Brian
     
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