Just hit the grill with a little bit of apple wood. Our buddy Pete aboard the Mighty F/V Degelyse stuffed them himself.
Smoking offset the coals. Check back in an hour for the results.
After James’ Cleaning
Much of the blame for the obsessive hobby of finding and cleaning up old Beautiful Weber Grills can be placed squarely on the shoulders of the founders and members of the Weber Kettle Club
So she’s in pretty good shape other than a ton of pollen and a dirty bowl. For the most part she simply needs a good douching.
Here’s how she looks at the start-
The bowl with some dishwashing liquid to loosen up the crud.-
Halfway cleaned with the razor blade scraper and a some super fine steel wool-
I’ll keep working the bowl, look for the updates today
Now to work the outside-
Need some Back to Black to brighten up the frame and wheels. When I first looked at the table it looked like it was badly stained but much of the dark marks that were visible wiped right off.
Chicken thighs/ smashed red bliss potatoes using the Upper Deck for increased offset cooking space.
Our buddy Anthony Caturano At Tonno took the second SS Performer. Immediately I had a empty pit in my stomach, without a Performer to cook on at the dock. Truth be told I really enjoy the restoration process and needed another project so I searched out another Performer looking for some love.
So this beautiful gem fell into my lap look at the bottom of this post:)
It’s a second generation Weber Performer. Each of the Generations of the Performers have things I like about them.
The classic lines on the first generation Stainless Steel ones, the only performers to use stainless steel. (Here’s the performer Anthony took)
The Black Frame on the second generation.(This is the first Performer I ever acquired)
The Wheels on the third Generation.
The Black Metal table on the fourth generation. (This is actually my 3rd gen with a 4th gen table.
And here is the latest- The DR Code Green, should clean up nicely. When the light comes I’ll test the gas assist to see if it’s working. With or without the gas assist I love the functionality of the attached table and bin on the Performers.
The Before Pictures- DR Code Green Weber Performer
Teaser for my review- (I haven’t even taken it completely out of the box but initial impressions from the quick peek are how thick and sturdy the build quality is)
Found on Amazon Here-
As I said before the build quality is thick like Weber’s Gourmet Grate System.
Here is how I started out. A regular smoke set-up using the snake method. The Country Style Pork Ribs offset of the coals with apple chunk and cherry wood chips.
Next to add the Upper Deck. It fit right in place and there were no issues with clearance of the lid.
The Upper deck provides a whole lot of extra space. it is billed as a warmig rack but I think where it will shine is with that huge amount of extra space it affords you when smoking.
Next I dropped onto the Upper Deck a porcetta roast and set up the Maverick remote thermometer.
When the country style pork ribs had the color I wanted I slid a Weber disposable tin pan under with some Sweet Baby rays and coated the ribs, then covered with aluminum foil to let them braise for about 40 minutes. The tin pan fit perfectly under the Upper Deck unit allowing a continuation of indirect cooking while still having the porcetta roast unfazed on the “Upper Deck”
My Sister Topped The Smoked Porcetta with Her Carrot Cake Marmalade, Yum!
Find the recipe for that on her website www.sistafeliciaskitchen.com
Would not have been possible to cook both things at the same time on my kettle without the Upper Deck. Obviously with the incredible build quality and huge cook space increase, this is an absolute no brainer purchase.
Set Up A Full chimney of blazing coals in the charcoal baskets in the center of the Performer with a handful of cherry wood chips. Opened teh vents wide and let ‘er rip for about 35 minutes.
Wings dusted with Paul Prudhome Blackened rub.