Ribeyes, Atomic Buffalo Turds and Smashed Red Bliss Potatoes On The @WeberGrills Crate and Barrel Dove Grey Performer

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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

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@WeberGrills Wooden Handle Treatment

So I had been debating whether to use Spar Varnish or Tung Oil on the untreated wood handles for one of my lucky Weber Kettles.  After long deliberation and consulting a couple of my trusted lobstermen Captains Mark Ring and Pete Mondello I decided to go with the Tung oil.

The main reasoning for going with the Tung oil being that the spar varnish in the sun outdoors over time will likely crack and need to be sanded to reapply whereas the Tung oil just need a rag to wipe them down with more Tung oil when they lose a little luster.

Here are some photos before and after with a couple of coats over the course of two days.  It couldn’t be easier to apply.  Just dribble a little on and spread it evenly with a clean piece of cloth.

Before

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First Coat

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Second Coat

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Quality Grill Parts Heavy Duty Stainless GrateThe @WeberGrills Smokey Mountain Smoker and Weber Rib Rack Review

After purchasing the Quality Grill Parts Heavy Duty Stainless Charcoal Baskets I was so impressed with how well they were built and the quality of the material I wanted to upgrade the grates on my 18.5 inch Weber Smokey Mountain Smoker.

I planned to cook up four racks of pork ribs for yesterday’s Pats/Texans playoff game.

Only problem was that fitting four slabs of spare ribs on an 18 inch WSM I was going to need to use a rib rack. The Weber Rib Rack for $12.99 is a nice value, purchase here.   It’s well built and designed.  The slots are spaced enough apart that the ribs don’t lean up against each other.  When comparing them to the Char Broil ones they both had nice builds but the Char Broil one had six slots instead of five which would have placed the ribs closer together and if the ribs are leaning up against each other they won’t develop bark where they touch.

Trimmed the spare ribs into St Louis cuts which basically squares them up.

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The Quality Grill Parts  Heavy Duty Grate for 18.5 inch Weber Smokey Mountain did not disappoint in terms of quality compared the the charcoal baskets I bought from the company.  Same over built, high quality 304 stainless construction.  Comparing the build to the grates that come with the WSM it’s night and day.  They cost $40 on Amazon- purchase here

Check out the short video review here-

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Here are some comparison photos between the Quality Grill Parts 18.5 Heavy Duty Grate and the Stock Weber Unit-

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Here are the ribs on the new grate and racks-

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Video- Quality Grill Parts Heavy Duty Charcoal Baskets vs Stock Weber Baskets

Buy The Quality Grill Parts Heavy Duty Stainless Charcoal Baskets On Amazon At This Link 

For comparison, the stock Weber aluminum charcoal baskets vs the Quality Grill Parts Heavy Duty Stainless Charcoal Baskets.  A pair of the Weber charcoal baskets weighed in at 1.9 lbs vs the Quality Grill Parts baskets at 3.15 lbs. the Quality Grill Parts Baskets cost $29.99 with free Prime shipping on Amazon at this link vs $14.99 for Weber aluminum Charcoal baskets which ship for free with Amazon Prime at this link

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You can see the difference in thickness in these photos.

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So my conclusion is this- If you want the best and BBQ often then these lifetime charcoal baskets are a no-brainer.  If all you do is throw burgers on the grill occasionally you probably don’t even know what the charcoal baskets are for in which case the stock baskets would work out just fine.  Seeing as the charcoal baskets are such a large part of my BBQ routine these were at the very top of my BBQ wish list.  there are many BBQ accessories that are frivolous and end up being used once and then stuck in a drawer.  these get used about 85% of the time I fire up teh kettle.  no-Brainer purchase!

captjoe06Using the Upper Deck Grill Grate to cook #chickenpotpie and #porkribs on the @webergrills Kettle #bbq

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It’s hard to put into words how good Kate’s chicken pot pie is,  especially after giving it the smoke for an hour and a half. 

Upper Deck Warming/Smoking/Grilling Accessory For 22 inch Kettles

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)

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Found on Amazon Here-

Stainless Steel Warming Rack and Grill Grate- For Use with 22.5 Inch Weber Kettle- Charcoal Grilling Accessory

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.

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Next to add the Upper Deck.  It fit right in place and there were no issues with clearance of the lid.

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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.

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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”

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My Sister Topped The Smoked Porcetta with Her Carrot Cake Marmalade, Yum!

Find the recipe for that on her website www.sistafeliciaskitchen.com

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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.

 

Grill Accessory Review: Charcoal Companion Basting Brush

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Normally I’m skeptical of BBQ accessories, like burger formers and jalapeno popper stands.  but sometimes there are tools that work.

When my Kate surprised me with the Charcoal Companion basting brush I was skeptical at first.  I was going to be smoking up some pork ribs that weekend when I’d put it to the test.

Normally the last 45 minutes or so on the smoker I like to spritz or baste my ribs with a mix of apple cider vinegar, BBQ sauce, water.  Often times in spray bottles the BBQ sauce clumps up and doesn’t come out evenly.

This was not the case with the Charcoal Companion basting brush.  I simple squeeze and just the right amount of liquid came out and the integrated silicon brush helps to spread it exactly where you want it on your ribs.

Clean up is a snap , just toss it in the dishwasher and it comes out clean as a whistle.

It will be a regular part of my grill accessory arsenal going forward.  Thanks Kate for the thoughtful gift.  It’s a winner. $9.97 at Home Depot

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STOK Cast Iron Grates On The Weber Performer

Last night it was brussel sprouts, mushroom and onion skewers and ribeyes on the 2009 Weber Performer Deluxe.

Decided to swap out the standard Weber grates for the cast iron ones on the STOK.  Worked out well using the STOK veggie basket insert to grill the brussell sprouts which were lightly coated in evoo , Atlantic Saltworks Salt and crushed black pepper.

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Grill accessory- plastic container to protect remote thermometer for outdoor cooks in the rain

imageimageYou can get these at the Dollar Store. They work very well to protect the unit on your remote thermometer sensor from the rain which will ruin your investment in a hurry.

I know it’s not some high tech revelation but sometimes there are simple solutions that we can pass on. I hear many stories of semi-expensive remote thermometers getting destroyed by rain.
Being transparent they allow you to see the temps without having to take the unit out if the container.

The cord on the probe goes right out the corner and the container can still be locked down to protect from the elements.

This one was $2 and I got it at Ocean State Job Lot in Peabody.