At the Dollar Store You can find some good stuff for BBQ.
For one, the 30 pack of aluminum foil sheets are great for lining your kettle when cooking fatty foods like chicken thighs or bacon. For 3.3 cents per sheet it’s an easy way to keep your kettle clean and avoid grease fires. At the Dollar Store at Gloucester Crossing they also have a steakhouse seasoning for $1 that is pretty much a straight knock-off of Montreal steak seasoning that costs around $5. Total no-brainers. I also bought a Memphis style BBQ rub that is on a pork butt that has a couple hours left on my pit. If it’s good I’m going back today and am going to buy about twenty bottles. It smells great. But I’ll update you once I try it for myself.
And I Think I’m In Love…
All the way from upstate NY with help from Weber Kettle Club Buddy Azogas.
She’s dirty but we’re gonna fix that with some steel wool, a razor scraper dishwasher soap and some paper towels.
First up, the outside of the bowl-
Bowl Before and After –
With a little help from my buddy Pete Mondello we converted it from ash pan style to ash bucket (Master Touch). Foster’s Grill Store had all the parts I needed to make the upgrade including a new style ash bucket assembly, new thermometer housing and thermometer.
The ash bucket assembly tabs did not line up with the leg socket so Pete helped me drill and secure it using stainless screws directly to the leg sockets.
She got new legs, wheels and a triangle.
Last night I cleaned some dusty old vintage wooden Weber handles with soap and a damp rag and let them dry overnight. This morning I applied the first of three coats of Tung Oil with a cotton rag.
The Top Vent got a much needed polishing and the new thermometer and thermometer housing installed. Note the upside-down L stamped on the vent. This makes it pretty special.
Third Coat Of Tung Oil Is Drying. After That She’ll Be Complete!
My friend Al (@Azogas) from the Weber Kettle Club acted as an agent for me in procuring this rare Grey Weber One Touch Plus. With some parts from Foster’s Grill Store I’m going all in on a full restore. Stay tuned.
Photos from Al-
I got an old 18 inch ash catcher ring that I guess had been hanging in the back warehouse at Fosters Grill Store for a decade or so. Weber stopped selling 18 inch kettles with the pot style enclosed ash catchers a long while ago and now ships them with the dish style ash catchers.
Next I pilfered the ash catcher pot off the beat up green One touch Premium that I found on a walk with the lovely Katelyn which will fit the ash catcher that I bought in the warehouse at Fosters.
Put them together and snapped it into place on the Sam Adams One-Touch Silver to turn it into a One-Touch Gold.
Here she is when I got started cleaning her up. structurally perfect but covered in dust and a dirty bowl with some caked on charcoal remnants.
She also came with a highly sought after laser cut Sam Adams logo grill grate which I stored away to keep pristine. it had never been cooked on.
So I soaked the ash catcher pot and went to work on the bowl and lid which both came out spotless.
Next added the wood handles that master woodworker David Calvo made for me-
Because I wanted to reverse sear the ribeyes, I pulled out the Upper deck Grill Grate, which is one of my favorite accessories for my Webers. The Upper Deck allowed me to cook the ABTs up above the Ribeyes and smashed potatos. It gives you an extra half a grate to cook on. It’s made out of heavy gauge stainless steel and fits perfectly. My review on the Upper Deck here