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How to Season a New Grill and The First Cook

Weber 27" Kettle Grill

I recently received my new Weber 27” Kettle Grill. Before I cook on it, the first thing I need to do is to season it. What do I mean by seasoning a new grill? When you receive your new grill from the manufacturer or dealer, there are always impurities due to the building process that are unwanted and potentially harmful.

Preparing briquettes in a chimney to start seasoning process.

Preparing briquettes in a chimney to start seasoning

To “season” the grill and remove the impurities, residue and residual metals by building a fire as if you were going to barbecue and bring the temperature up to about 350˚ and hold at that temperature for 3-4 hours. When the fire is completely out, remove all of the ash, and wipe down your cooking grate and lid with a clean throw away towel, and you’re ready to cook.

Before you plan to have guests over for a Backyard Barbecue or hosting a Tailgate Party. Use it a few times first. Whatever sticks will give you a nice, even coating of carbon. This is the secret to a non-stick Grill as well as the starting point for serving up tender, juicy meats that fall right off the bone. Season your grill correctly and soon you will be Barbecuing Like A Pro.

Pork Steaks

Pork Steaks

In breaking in my new grill, I decided to go with pork steaks. Pork seems to be a little more forgiving, and with a marinade and a lite rub not only does it make for a tasty main course. I took a picture after the cooking process to show you the meat particles left on the grate, however, it was a little late. Don’t freak out if your meat tears that’s normal for the first few cooks. As you use the grill more frequently, your grill will become more seasoned and unless you do something wrong sticking meat shouldn’t be a problem.

In summary, when purchasing a new grill you tend to be so excited that you assemble the grill and cook. That’s a big mistake, take the time to season your grill properly & correctly and cook a few times before you invite guests over and you’ll have a much better experience with your new grill.

Happy Queing,

The Que Dude

BUBBA KEG ® Seeks World’s Greatest Tailgaters

BUBBA KEG® seeks World’s Greatest Tailgaters The Bubba U. Competitive Tailgating Series will pit teams of tailgating pros against one another for the title “Masters of the Parking Lot” Atlanta, GA, August 1, 2009:

The folks behind the Bubba Keg® brand of insulated mugs, coolers, and the new Bubba Keg Convection Grill, have launched a search for the World’s best tailgaters. The Bubba Keg staff will be selecting up to 30 “professional” tailgate teams to compete in their Bubba U Competitive Tailgating Series (BCTS). One winning team will receive an all expenses paid trip to the National Championship Game in Pasadena, CA.

To start the season, each team will be outfitted with a complete Bubba Keg professional tailgaters’ package valued at over $1500, including:

• A Bubba Keg Convection Grill
• A Bubba Keg Professional Tailgater Pop-Up Tent (10’ x10’)
• A full selection of Bubba Keg mugs & coolers
• A Flip Digital Video Camera to document their exploits
• Official Bubba U Professional Tailgater shirts

Press Release

Weber One Touch Silver 22.5 Inch Charcoal Grill

Whether your a beginner or a seasoned BBQ Pro you can’t ever go wrong with the Weber charcoal grills. For the purpose of the first post in this category, I’m going to speak specifically to those who are thinking about purchasing a grill for the first time. The Weber One Touch Silver 22.5 Inch Charcoal Grill was the very first grill I purchased over 20 years ago, though I don’t think they had the fancy name at the time it was a Weber.

Weber has set the standard in our industry with the kettle style barbecue grill. The Weber One Touch Silver 22.5 Inch Charcoal Grill can be set-up for direct or indirect cooking. The feature that sold me was the heavy-gauge porcelain-enameled lid and bowl. What that means to you and me is that you have continuous smoke and air flow circulating through the entire grill producing a finished product with good color, smoke flavor, and a moist and tender piece of meat, fish, veggies or any thing else you might want to BBQ.

The bowl has 22.5 inches which is plenty of room to cook for you and your friends, and enough room for a three zone fire to cook with which I will discuss in a future blog.

The One Touch has a cleaning system made of aluminized steel, rust-resistant aluminum legs and ash catcher a really nice venting system to help aid you with your heat management and any flair ups you might have. And finally it’s backed with a 10 year limited warranty.

I still have my original Weber and if I were a first time buyer the Weber One Touch Silver 22.5 Inch Charcoal Grill would still be my first choice.