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
2 – 18.6 lb Kingsford Bags $9.88
15.4 lb Royal Oak Briquettes $4.00
2 – 18.6 lb Kingford Bags $9.88
Stubbs 14 lb bag $2.00 off $7.99
That comes to.2497 cents per lb and is just a little bit better than the big sale they had at Lowes and Home Depot last weekend.
I loaded up, natch.
So after perusing the offerings at The East Gloucester Stop and Shop Meat Department, the deals were a little thin outside of the petite sirloin for $3.87LB. Normally I’ll only buy a Ribeye or a Porterhouse but these petite sirloins had decent enough marbling (sirloins aren’t known to have the luxurious marbling that a Ribeye has), and they were cut about an inch and a half thick.
So the plan was to smoke them on the Kettle around 225 degrees til they hit 130 internal and then take the lid off and sear the smoked sirloins over the coals to finish.
I took the sirloins out of the package, coated them with EVOO and then gave a coating of coarse salt, black pepper and Montreal Steak Seasoning and let them sit out to come up to room temperature while I prepped the kettle.
The Weber Kettle was set up using the snake method of charcoal arrangement and I dumped about 8 semi lit coals on the left hand end of the trail of charcoal looking to build the temps to 225. Used one chunk of mesquite and a handful of cherry wood for smoke.
Once the probe read 130 internal temp, I took off the lid and placed two steaks at a time over the glowing orange coals for about 2 minutes on each side to sear them.
I was skeptical as to how they would turn out with such little fat compared to a Ribeye but they were fantastic. Excellent flavor, cooked perfectly!
And if you’re asking about the veggies on the plate, well uhmmm, There are none!
Always a winner. They come out crispy like they were fried by cooking them indirect.
Fire up your charcoal in the charcoal baskets which concentrates the heat and flame in the center of the grill then place the lightly coated in peanut oil and rubbed wings along the perimeter for indirect high heat grilling.
2 x 18.6 lb bags of Kingsford Blue Bag for $12.99 is roughly 34 cents a pound and a great deal. Sale ends April 11th
Verified- Got two 2-packs today at Danvers MA Lowe’s-