My boy Craig Kimberley and I are picking up our second load today
My boy Craig Kimberley and I are picking up our second load today
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-
three options $30, $35, $40 for 14, 18 or 22 inch Weber grills.
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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
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.
By subscribing to the Thermoworks list you get special offers that are not offered on their main page.
My good friend Joe Ball alerted me to a big sale on a commercial grade remote thermometer- the Thermoworks Smoke.
I’d always used a Maverick 732 which is a decent consumer grade remote thermometer that retails for around $60.
The Thermoworks Smoke is professional grade. The build quality is conservatively speaking about three times greater and it can be had for $79.99 including shipping.
I can’t stress enough how good of a unit this is. if you have a grill master in your life, trust me buy this and put it away for a birthday or Christmas and they will love you for it.
They are open box units will full warantees-
“Smoke is our newest alarm thermometer, and we have accumulated a small number of Smoke units here that, for various reasons, we will not sell as new units. Open Box Includes:
slightly damaged packaging
While not the same as new, all units are like-new and include the full warranty. They include Smoke, Smoke Receiver, Pro-Series High Temp Cooking Probe, Pro-Series High Temp Air Probe with Grate Clip, and operating instructions. In most cases, you won’t be able to differentiate these from new stock.
This is a private sale for our email subscribers, but you are welcome to forward the link to friends and family.”
Limit 5 per customer. Hurry!
Back up the truck! Home Depot.
.265 cents per lb for charcoal is right there with the cheapest you’ll find all year.
Charcoal sale day. $7.88/two 15lb bags of Kingsford and trying out a 30 lb bag of Western Lump which was $9.88 per bag. So 26 and 33 cents per pound at Walmart . I always stock up when I’m low and can buy during the annual Memorial /Labor Day and Fourth of July Super Sales. #bbq
When I pulled this Cast Iron Griddle out of the shed to cook swordfish on the Charcoal Weber Go-Anywhere I figured that I’d probably have to drape it over the sides of the grill. Here’s a link to buy it on Amazon It’s $35 and that’s a steal for how versatile it makes your grill!
When I checked, it fit perfectly in the groove where the cooking grate would go without any need to modify it. It’s like a stock accessory. Not only that but has enough space open on the sides to allow air flow to the coals to get that cast iron piping hot for searing.
THIS MAY BE THE BEST PORTABLE CHARCOAL GRILLING SETUP EVER!!!
As you can see it fits perfectly inside the grooves where the cooking grate would sit. It doesn’t impede the lid from closing , the lid still latches on the edge of the back of the grill. I swear when they designed this griddle they had to be thinking of the Weber Go-Anywhere!
This is a good list for a person starting out.
You can get these items at Foster’s Grill Store or if you’re not from around Gloucester MA, these links on Amazon-
The main reason people that don’t cook with charcoal is because they think it’s too time consuming. It really isn’t when you use a chimney starter-
Weber Stephen Company 7429 Rapid Fire Chimney Starter, Silver
Lighter cubes are cheap and make it so you won’t have a bunch of spent newspaper flying around the bottom of your grill collecting grease and sticking to your food. They get your coals going inside the chimney starter in minutes, effortlessly.
Lighter Cubes- Weber 7417 Lighter Cubes
|Weber 7417 Lighter Cubes
by Weber Stephen Company
A Dual Probe Meat Thermometer-
There are fancier ones. I’ve tried them. This one just works. If you are BBQing, you need to know two things primarily. The ambient temperature at the grill grate level and the internal temperature of your meat. When you can confidently know these things, you can confidently BBQ. There are so many cuts of meat that if you use internal temp’s as a guideline you’re going to succeed, and if you’re off by ten degrees you can ruin an expensive piece of meat. it’s up to you, would you rather know you nailed it or would you rather gamble. As far as smoking meat, I generally smoke at grate temps between 225-275. when you have the remote wireless meat thermometer you can monitor those temps from the couch or the kitchen.
|Maverick ET-733 Long Range Wireless Dual Probe BBQ Smoker Meat Thermometer Set
Cooking Tongs for Kitchen Grill BBQ –
My buddy Craig has these and while there are a ton of different kinds of tongs out there I like the little bit of silicon up on the handle, it gives just a little bit more grip when you’re manning the grill for extended periods of time. and the price is right.
|Cooking Tongs for Kitchen Grill BBQ – Best Tongs for Cooking Food In The Sizes You Need – Long Locking Stainless Steel Tongs for Grilling and Barbecue – Cook Your Meat, Not Your Hands||
Charcoal Baskets- Cheapies and Buy One set For The Rest Of Your Life-
Charcoal baskets serve several purposes. One they protect the bottom of your grill from crazing and porcelain pops. Two, they are an excellent way to control your charcoal placement for direct and indirect cooking.
The cheapies (which are perfectly fine and you’ll probably get at least 4 seasons of heavy cooking out of them)-
|Zenware Barbeque Char Basket Charcoal Briquette Holders
The heavy duty buy them once and have them for the rest of your life charcoal baskets. I have these and if you’re a serious charcoal griller, buy them they’re stainless and about three times thicker. I reviewed them here
|Quality Grill Parts Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Charcoal Baskets for Weber Grills
by Quality Grill Parts, LLC
On all the grill forums people rave about a product called the vortex. It creates a high heat situation which makes excellent chicken wings. I find that with two charcoal baskets pushed together you can get equally as good results.
Grill Brush- Do I need to do a lot of explaining here other than to say that this model has three sets of bristles to go up and down the grates and get in between the grooves.
|Best BBQ Grill Brush ( HIGHEST QUALITY STAINLESS STEEL ) 18″ Barbecue Cleaning Brush w/ Wire Bristles & Soft Comfortable Handle – Perfect Cleaner & Scraper for Grill Cooking Grates
I’ve tried the silicon gloves and they get all sweaty nasty inside. These welder’s gloves are great and economical to lift your hot grates out when there’s hot coals underneath-
|Ibowooforrest Heavy Duty Heat and Fire Resistant Gloves Perfect for Gardening/Oven/Grill/Mig/Fireplace/Stove/Pot Holder/ Tig Welder/Animal Handling/BBQ,14 Inch Long(Red)
Keeps the charcoal dry and easy to pour out of. I have a couple of these. One I keep charcoal in and another to keep bags of wood chips and lighter cubes and match sticks.
|Buddeez Kingsford Kadddy Charcoal Dispenser for 24 lb. Bags
Galvanized ash can-
To dispose of spent ashes without worrying about lit coals igniting the woods around you or when you’re traveling and cooking out to properly dispose of spent ashes.
|Behrens High Grade Steel 6110 10 Gal Silver Galvanized Steel Dry Storage Can W/Locking Lid
These are what I consider to be essentials. What would you add to the list as essentials?