Being A Snake Method BBQ Guy I Like The BBQitAll Charcoal Burner Concept A Lot

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three options $30, $35, $40 for 14, 18 or 22 inch Weber grills.

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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.

Big Time Private Sale Alert On The Thermoworks Smoke Right Now!

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.

Here’s a link to the private sale

Classic Thermapen Open Box Sale

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:

sales demos
customer returns
cosmetic seconds
slightly damaged packaging
refurbished units
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.”

Only $76 each!Shop Now

Limit 5 per customer. Hurry!

The Perfect Fit Cast Iron Griddle For The @WeberGrills Go-Anywhere

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!!!

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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!

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Charcoal Grilling Essentials

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

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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.

B00GC53DYW Maverick ET-733 Long Range Wireless Dual Probe BBQ Smoker Meat Thermometer Set

 

$69.95

 

Tongs-

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.

B0761W4ZTT 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
$11.99

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)-

B01C4MN59O Zenware Barbeque Char Basket Charcoal Briquette Holders

 

$9.99

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

B01GF5DG0Y Quality Grill Parts Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Charcoal Baskets for Weber Grills

by Quality Grill Parts, LLC

$29.99

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.

B01L7WNTSY 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

 

$6.99

 

Welder’s Gloves-

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-

B0757MZ7H2 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)

 

$11.99

Charcoal Caddy-

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.

B00HQE1QT2 Buddeez Kingsford Kadddy Charcoal Dispenser for 24 lb. Bags

 

$21.99

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.

B01I0KURR2 Behrens High Grade Steel 6110 10 Gal Silver Galvanized Steel Dry Storage Can W/Locking Lid

 

$29.33

These are what I consider to be essentials.  What would you add to the list as essentials?

Fourth Of July Charcoal Sales

 

There are three charcoal sales that you can pretty much count on year after year.  Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.  These sales generally produce 50% off sales and if you even grill 1/4 of the times I do, it’s worth it to stock up.

Regular prices on Kingsford are $10 for an 18.6 lb bag of charcoal which comes to .537 cents per lb.

For comparisons sake I’ll do the math for you.

Home Depot Kingsford Sale 2×18.6= 37.2lbs  $9.88 divided by 37.2lbs=.265 cents per lb

Lowes Royal Oak Briquettes Sale $4 divided 15.4lbs= .259 cents per lb

Lowes Kingsford Sale Same as HD- 2×18.6= 37.2lbs  $9.88 divided by 37.2lbs=.265 cents per lb

Also there are $15 off of $50 coupons out there on the internet for Lowes, so if you get that discount code and use it, you’d need to get 6 two packs.  That’s $59.28-$15 coupon = $44.28 12 bags x 18.6= 223.2 lbs  $44.28 divided by 223.28= .198 cents per lb

This from AZ Monsoon  on the http://www.weberkettleclub.com forum

Home Depot:
2 – 18.6 lb Kingsford Bags $9.88
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Kingsford-18-6-lb-Charcoal-Briquettes-2-Bag-4460031239/205796026

Lowes:
15.4 lb Royal Oak Briquettes $4.00
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Royal-Oak-15-4-lb-Charcoal-Briquettes/1000175405

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2 – 18.6 lb Kingford Bags $9.88
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kingsford-2-Pack-18-6-lb-Charcoal-Briquettes/50330065

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Stubbs 14 lb bag $2.00 off $7.99
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Stubb-s-Stubb-s-14-lb-Charcoal-Briquettes/1000239075

BBQ Finds At The Dollar Store

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.

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This Lime Green Smokey Joe For $48.94 Is A Bargain and Sure To Be Collectable In The Not Too Distant Future

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I paid $10 more for mine that I’ve got all sealed up in it’s original packaging.  $48.94 is a bargain for one of the coolest color Smokey Joe’s ever offered in the States.

Check it out at this link