First to scrape ‘er down with the razor blade
She was in pretty decent shape to begin with but the blacks were faded, there was cobwebs and the bowl, lid and ash pan were all encrusted in crud.
After a good scrape with the razor and scrub with the extra fine steel wool-
Next to clean all the black trim including legs, wire grate shelf on the bottom and charcoal basket and then apply Back To Black to restore the original deep black luster.
All the aluminum was scrubbed with the extra fine steel wool as well. I didn’t spend any time on the thermostatic table as it will be replaced with a newer metal style Performer table when it arrives.
Fired up the gas assist to light a chimney of charcoal. It was nice to not have to use paper or lighter cubes to get the chimney going. Just placed it on top of the gas assist tube filled up the chimney and let it light the coals. After about three minutes the gas assist was turned off and the chimney dud the rest of the work. Dumped the chimney into the Weber charcoal baskets and put them in the center.
The grates that came with the Performer were already in decent shape but I gave them a quick scrub and oiled them down with Peanut oil before placing the rubbed chicken tenderloins offset the coal baskets around the perimeter of the bowl. Placed a small chunk of mesquite in the center for smoke.
When they hit 165 internal they got pulled off to eat.
Waiting for the new style metal table to be delivered tomorrow and handle from Brian😀
After my success with the chicken drumsticks yesterday and talking to one of my lobstermen, Mark Ring suggested chicken thighs on the BBQ. I asked my good buddy Eric Lorden to look for a new rub at the Restaurant Depot and he came back with Lowrey’s Chipotle Cinnamon Rub $20 for a huge 27 oz. container on Amazon.
Here are the ingredients from the package-
Ingredients Salt, sugar, brown sugar, spices (including chipotle chili pepper and cinnamon), paprika, onion, garlic, and vinegar.
I was looking for a rub that would be a little different than the straight spicy hot Paul Prudhomme’s Blackened Magic Rub that I’ve been using on just about everything. With the second two ingredients being sugar and brown sugar this figures to be the sweet one to provide a little change-up.
One whiff once you take off the cap gives a big hint of the sweet/savory goodness that was bottled up.
An hour in with grill temps between 325-350 degrees.
The rub is great if you’re looking for a little more sweet and a little less kick-you-in-the-nuts hot.
It was a 4.5 lb package and only cost $6 for about ten chicken thighs. Outstanding value and delish!
At Stop and Shop East Gloucester they were cleaning out the meat cases. I normally wouldn’t even consider buying big ass chicken drumsticks for the grill but there wasn’t a whole lot of other options because all the steaks and pork were stashed away.
So I purchased chicken drumsticks, rubbed them up with the Paul Prudhomme (RIP) rub that I use for just about everything, and set up the grill with all the coals on one side. Closed top and bottom vent half way and tossed some brussel sprouts on the new cast iron pan Kim Smith got me for my birthday after I coated the brussel sprouts with EVOO, Atlantic Saltworks Sea Salt and Crushed Black Pepper.
Put the rubbed drumsticks on the opposite side of the grill as the coals, put the cast iron pan with the EVOO coated brussel sprouts over the coals and a russet potato covered with EVOO and Atlantic Saltworks flake salt on a piece of tin foil over the coals.
After a half hour the brussel sprouts were caramelized to crispy goodness (my favorite vegetable). I put the lid back on and let the chicken cook at about 300 degrees opposite the coals with the vents half way choked down for an hour. the skin of the chicken when I lifted off the cover was nice and crispy. I mopped the drumsticks with some Carolina gold BBQ sauce all over and put them over the coals for a few minutes on each side to get the sugars in the sauce to liquefy and caramelize.
Let me tell you, my reluctance to buy drumsticks was completely unfounded.
The chicken was so tasty it was like eating candy. you know that feeling when you bite into something and you go ohhh my gawdddd. it was just like that!
100% added to my list of things to grill.
Ohhh My Gawdddd!