BBQ Accessory Review: Chicken Thigh Satay On The @WeberGrills Q Using Charcoal Companion Raft Skewers

Got home on the later side last night and was famished.

Sliced up some skinless/boneless chicken thighs into strips, dredged them in my favorite peanut sauce and skewered them for a quick cook.   I prefer boneless/skinless thighs over the tenders or breast because it’s juicier and cheaper 9 times out of 10.

Note the dual prong skewers.  I’m not a fan of single prong skewers because your meat or vegetables spin around when you try to flip the skewer.  These raft skewers are way easier to handle and keep your food from flopping around and are only $7.32 on Amazon for a set of 4.  Link to purchase here

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I love this  peanut sauce.  You can order it online-

House Of Tsang Bangkok Peanut Sauce

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Review: Killa Grilla Grate Break In Cook With Some Atomic Buffalo Turds

As a fan of the classic Weber 22 inch grill, one of the things that makes them so great is that they haven’t changed the dimensions of the bowl in decades making the aftermarket accessory market robust.

Knowing that you can restore a 30 year old grill that had been sitting in the corner of someone’s backyard for years and years to practically brand new with a little elbow grease gives confidence that you’re not buying some grill that is offered for a couple of years and then everything about it is changed up making it impossible to find parts.  There will always be the parts for a classic 22 inch Weber kettle kicking around (at least during my lifetime).

This Killa Grilla Grate is so beautifully overbuilt in stainless steel it’s just such a fantastic addition to my favorite kettle in which it will reside- the Ivory 22 at the house.

It’s literally a grate for a lifetime.

Think about how many times you go out for dinner and drinks and drop a $100 or more.  Why wouldn’t you treat yourself to something that will pay dividends for decades?

I love mine (thanks fam for the awesome Father’s Day Gift).

Every Grillfella should have one.

From last night’s break-in cook-

The details from the Killa Grilla site-

Each BBQ grill cooking grate measures 21.5″ diameter and fits 22.5″ Weber round kettle grills, replacing old and unusable cook grates.

21.5″ Round Flip Up BBQ Stainless Grill Cooking Grate- KG 7436 SNS

You asked for it, now we are producing it! Similar to our KG 7435 stainless grill grate, with (1) large side doors that allow you to add extra charcoal during cooking!!!

Each BBQ grill cooking grate measures 21.5″ diameter and fits 22.5″ Weber round kettle grills, replacing old and unusable 7435 and 7436 cook grates.

New, hand crafted, custom made heavy duty stainless steel cooking grate is made with 0.25” thick 304 stainless steel wire.
This 304 stainless steel BBQ grates will guard against corrosion and will last many years over nickel plated steel grates, guaranteed!. This unit directly replaces Weber chrome and nickel plated small wire grates that become corroded and unsafe for barbequing food.

These heavy duty 0.25″ diameter wire grates provide better searing and hold heat, allowing grill masters to complete this affordable upgrade in mere seconds. Each grill grate weighs in at a full 9 lbs!

Part number KG7436SNS

Custom Made in Nolensville, TN USA

Here’s a link to their site- http://killagrilla.com/

Father’s Day #killagrilla style!

Lucky me! A new #killagrilla stainless grate for the 22 inch Ivory thanks to the fam.

Grill grate for a lifetime for a lifetime grill!  Super heavy duty stainless grate.  I can’t wait to cook on it!

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The details from the Killa Grilla site-

Each BBQ grill cooking grate measures 21.5″ diameter and fits 22.5″ Weber round kettle grills, replacing old and unusable cook grates.

21.5″ Round Flip Up BBQ Stainless Grill Cooking Grate- KG 7436 SNS

You asked for it, now we are producing it! Similar to our KG 7435 stainless grill grate, with (1) large side doors that allow you to add extra charcoal during cooking!!!

Each BBQ grill cooking grate measures 21.5″ diameter and fits 22.5″ Weber round kettle grills, replacing old and unusable 7435 and 7436 cook grates.

New, hand crafted, custom made heavy duty stainless steel cooking grate is made with 0.25” thick 304 stainless steel wire.
This 304 stainless steel BBQ grates will guard against corrosion and will last many years over nickel plated steel grates, guaranteed!. This unit directly replaces Weber chrome and nickel plated small wire grates that become corroded and unsafe for barbequing food.

These heavy duty 0.25″ diameter wire grates provide better searing and hold heat, allowing grill masters to complete this affordable upgrade in mere seconds. Each grill grate weighs in at a full 9 lbs!

Part number KG7436SNS

Custom Made in Nolensville, TN USA

Here’s a link to their site- http://killagrilla.com/

Thermopop Open Box Sale Is A Great Deal For Any Chef At $23.50

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An essential piece of cooking equipment is knowing when your food is done.  Whether it be an expensive tenderloin or a pork shoulder.  Why would you chance ruining the meat when you can know in seconds where your at with the internal temp.

I just bought two.  One for the house and one for the dock.  Thermoworks is regarded as the best on the BBQ circuit and this is a fantastic buy.

Here’s the link to the private sale.  you only get notified if you’re on their mailing list.  I happen to be on their mailing list so I shared the link for you to score one or two for yourself!

Humphrey’s Searing Station Demo With Craig Kimberley

Craig and I visit Humphrey’s Smokers Manufacturing plant to pick up his customized searing station.

To order one for yourself check out the Humphrey’s website here-

https://www.humphreysbbq.com/

 

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@AuraOutdoors Ash Tool Review

Ash Tool for Big Green Egg, Kamado Joe and Other Charcoal Grills

I received a Slow N Sear 2.0 for Christmas last year.  When first using it I filled it up and placed a bunch of lit coals on one end and left it alone.

It held temps like a champ for a long while.  It is really built well. It protects the porcelain on your kettle from high heat crazing.  It really is a nice piece of equipment.

However about two thirds of the way through my brisket temps were dropping.  I kept adding coals but was having a hell of a time keeping the temps up.

This was not a design flaw of the Slow N Sear 2.0.  It was because the spent ashes were built up at the bottom of the Slow N Sear prohibiting air flow.  Once I figured this out, all I needed to do was to knock the ash down and clear it out so the air would feed the coals and I could regain the temps I was shooting for.  Totally on me.

Down the dock I generally use the same set of tongs for everything.  Cooking and ash management.  This is only because I’m cooking for myself and a couple of the animals I work with.

The Aura Ash tool is a great accessory, especially it’s build quality and price.

It’s $13.49 with prime free shipping on Amazon and at that price it’s a total no-brainer.

It has a large hoop on one end that fits perfectly on a Mastertouch handle.  It’s frankly overbuilt stainless construction and does exactly what it’s advertised as doing.  maintaining your ashes so you don’t have to use your cooking tongs to do it.

It can stay outdoors all the time so you don’t have to go searching for it.

I have this one at home and I’m going to order another for the dock right now.

Click here to purchase-

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@AuraOutdoors EZ Light Stainless Steel Charcoal Grate For Weber Kettle Video

Link to purchase- https://amzn.to/2P45ZlW

$34.95

They are heavy duty.  They are well constructed.  They blow the standard weber Charcoal Grates Out of The Water.

Are they necessary? No

Are they an awesome upgrade and tremendous gift for a big time Weber kettle Aficionado? Absolutely

Gorgeous and Beefy.

From the website:

Start your kettle easier and keep it burning longer with the EZ Light Bottom Charcoal Grate! Replace your beat up old version and get this new upgraded and easy to use charcoal grate.
  • Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Rod Construction – Long lasting and hard wearing. No rusting!
  • Designed to let your grill breathe right. No more clogs and easier temperature adjustments
  • Built in fire starter channels. Place your starter cubes in the channels and then cover with charcoal. It couldn’t be easier!
  • Designed to fit the Weber Kettle as a CHARCOAL GRATE, this is not designed as a cooking surface. This grate is 17 inches in diameter and is the same size as the OEM charcoal grate
  • Replace that rusted our charcoal grate or baskets and give yourself an upgrade.

If you need grill covers for your kettles- the best ones you can buy are currently 59% off

Classic Accessories 73422 Veranda Kettle-Style Barbecue Grill Cover

List Price: $28.00
Price: $11.49 Free Shipping for Prime Members
You Save: $16.51 (59%)
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Alex Zogas, Craig Kimberley and my other die hard Weber Kettle aficionados all swear by them.  They’re about twice as thick as anything else and really do well to protect your grill.  Read the reviews here

  • THE CLASSIC ACCESSORIES DIFFERENCE: CA Veranda covers have interior bound seams for strength, high-density stitching for durability, padded handles for comfort, matching webbing for a great look and California Prop 65 compliance for health and safety
  • Guaranteed to fit kettle grills 26.5″ in diameter x 38″ high
  • Fits Weber Original Kettle 18″ and 22″, Original Kettle Premium 22″ and 26″, Weber Gold Series 18.5″ and 22.5″ and Silver Series 18.5″ and 22.5″ models
  • Three-year limited warranty
  • Gardelle Fabric System features an elegant water-resistant fabric top with a protective waterproof backing and a protective dark splash guard skirt
  • You’ll be sure to find the right covers to fit your needs with over 140 shapes and styles in the Veranda Collection from Classic Accessories
  • Elastic hem cord with a toggle allows adjustment for a tight and custom fit

Review:

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It is rare in today’s world of cheap offshore products to find something that is made better than expected and still sells for an affordable price. Actually, that is only partially true … even some so-called “luxury” brand products are now being made offshore and are made to the cheapest standards, yet they still sell for a luxury price.

At the Amazon price of under twenty dollars I had low expectations for this grill cover. There were ones selling for much more and others with the famous brand name on them selling for about the same price. I was more interested in short-term protection for my shiny new kettle grill than I was in saving money … after all if it was a piece of junk I could buy another when necessary. I read the reviews of the famous brand and so many reviewers were making statements like “you would be just as well off using a plastic garbage bag”, but the photos and description of this cover from Classic Accessories somehow just looked better than average.

And it is. As soon as I unpacked it from the box I could tell it is better. It feels heavy-duty and immediately looks better than anything I’ve seen in the stores (and some of them sell for more than twice the price). The cover is made of a heavy canvas-like cloth material backed with an equally heavy-grade rubberized weatherproofing. All of the seams are sewn evenly and look very strong. I placed the cover over my new Charbroil grill, which is a 22.5” model but because of its shape is larger than some other grills, and the fit is perfect … it looks like it is custom made. The length is exactly as illustrated by the manufacturer on this page, almost touching the top of the wheels.

The cover has two heavy-duty handles to help remove it, sewn-in waterproof air vents and strong click-lock leg wraps, plus a tough locking drawstring. I live in a very brutal climate area, especially in summer, and I have come to learn what can survive the weather and what won’t. I predict I will still be using this cover 5 years, maybe 10 years down the road.

And the cover’s color scheme is attractive. No longer am I hiding my grill in a far corner but I’m leaving it right in view in the corner of the patio where the desert sand color helps it blend in with the ambient surroundings.

The seller’s description is one of the better ones I have seen at Amazon, complete with a handy measuring aid. Everything is exactly as represented and the cover easily earns 5-stars for its high quality and great value for the price.