Bone-In Strip Steaks With Shallot Oil

In May 2017, I watched a Facebook Live session in which Harry Soo of Slap Yo’ Daddy BBQ grilled a steak using shallot oil as an added flavor element. I had no idea what shallot oil was, how it was made, or how it tasted on a steak, but I wanted to find out.

I searched the web, found several recipes for shallot oil, and picked one from New York Times Cooking that looked easy.

  • 1 cup peanut oil
  • 2 cups (about 7 oz.) thinly sliced shallots, Asian or European
  • Yield: 1 cup oil + 1 cup fried shallots
Shallots at the supermarket
Shallots at the supermarket

I went to the supermarket and bought 1/2 pound of shallots, which ended up being two shallots. No clue whether they were Asian or European, but I suspect the latter. Having never cooked with shallots before, I had no idea they would be as big as they were; I was expecting something smaller like a head of garlic. Continue reading Bone-In Strip Steaks With Shallot Oil

New 2017 Grilling Cookbooks

Last week I posted about the latest, greatest Weber cookbook for 2017 titled Weber’s Greatest Hits plus other great Weber cookbooks going back several years.

This week, let’s wrap-up with more new 2017 grilling cookbooks that you might consider adding to your cooking library.

New 2017 Grilling Cookbooks

Salt Block Grilling: 70 Recipes for Outdoor Cooking with Himalayan Salt Blocks

Salt Block Grilling: 70 Recipes for Outdoor Cooking with Himalayan Salt Blocks

Amazon.com says, “Over 70 all new recipes for grilling traditional and nontraditional dishes on a Himalayan salt block from salt expert and best-selling author of Salt Block Cooking, Mark Bitterman.

“Everyone who loves the excitement and pleasure of discovering new cooking techniques will enjoy this guide to grilling and entertaining with salt blocks. The introduction is your salt block owner’s manual, with everything you need to know to purchase, use, and maintain salt blocks with confidence. The six chapters that follow are divided into over 70 recipes organized by key ingredients: Meat, Seafood, Poultry, Vegetables and Fruit, Dairy, and Doughs. You’ll find recipes for Salt Seared Smoked Pork Belly, Lamb Satay with Mint Chutney and Spicy Peanut Crumble, Salt Seared Tuna Nicoise Salad, Hot Salted Edamame with Sesame, Shiso, and Szechuan Pepper, and Salty, Smoky Walnut-Chocolate Chunk Cookies.” Continue reading New 2017 Grilling Cookbooks

Best Weber Grilling Cookbooks

Weber is known for its popular series of grilling cookbooks, each with easy-to-follow recipes and beautiful photography. I own all of these books and find them to be an indispensable part of my cookbook library.

The Must-Have Weber Grilling Cookbook

If you buy only one Weber grilling cookbook, it ought to be this one:

Weber's Greatest Hits: 125 Classic Recipes for Every Grill

Weber’s Greatest Hits: 125 Classic Recipes for Every Grill

Amazon.com says, “In the ultimate gift for every griller, from beginner to veteran, Weber rated, debated, and curated its entire recipe collection, with help from its most enthusiastic fans. Here in one gorgeous package are the ultimate go-to recipes for every occasion.

“The book includes all-new photography, fun stories from Weber’s rich and often hilarious history, and special features such as the Top Ten Grilling Dos and Don’ts.

“Whether building a better burger or smoking competition-worthy ribs, Weber fans will delight in these classic standards and contemporary inspirations.” Continue reading Best Weber Grilling Cookbooks

Genesis Platinum Series II Restoration by Jeff MA

This 1996 Genesis Platinum Series II restoration by TVWBB member Jeff MA of Fitchburg, MA is one of the finest, most comprehensive restorations you’ll ever see of a Weber gas grill.

Restored Genesis Platinum Series II in blue by TVWBB member Jeff MA

It features almost everything you might encounter in a restore project, including frame repair, firebox cleanup, screw hole repair with QuikSteel, a little welding, repainting, polishing, parts replacement, logo emblem refinishing, new propane tank scale and hose connector, plus a brand new side burner for good measure.

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Chicken Quesadillas On A Weber Gas Grill

Making chicken quesadillas on a Weber gas grill is so easy that I hesitate to tell you how to do it…but I’m going to tell you anyway!

Grilled chicken breasts

Start by grilling a few boneless, skinless chicken breasts using your favorite rub or marinade. If you don’t have a favorite, try Slap Yo’ Daddy BBQ Jailbird Chicken rub. Grill the breasts over MEDIUM heat to 160-165°F, let rest for a few minutes until you can handle the meat, then cut or shred into bite-sized pieces. Continue reading Chicken Quesadillas On A Weber Gas Grill

Sear Grate & Griddle For Weber Genesis II/LX Gas Grills

Weber 8854 Sear Grate Box

Do you need a sear grate or griddle for a Weber Genesis II or Genesis II LX gas grill? We’ve got you covered!

Weber has a sear grate accessory and a griddle accessory that fits the Genesis II and Genesis II LX 300, 400, and 600 series grills. Both accessories can be ordered from Amazon.com—just click the links or photos below.

Weber 8854 Sear Grate

 

Weber 8854 Sear Grate

  • Porcelain-enameled cast-iron sear grate creates professional diamond pattern sear marks.
  • Large non-stick surface sears multiple steaks or chops at once.
  • Replaces 1 grate on any Genesis II or Genesis II LX 3-, 4-, or 6-burner grill.

Purchase the Weber 8854 Sear Grate at Amazon.com

Weber 7599 Griddle

 

Weber 7599 Griddle

  • Porcelain-enameled cast-iron griddle provides exceptional heat retention and distribution, ensuring evenly cooked food.
  • Easy to clean semi-gloss enameled surface.
  • Sloped cooking surface drains drippings away from food.
  • Replaces 1 grate on any Genesis II or Genesis II LX 3-, 4-, or 6-burner grill.

Purchase the Weber 7599 Griddle at Amazon.com

Cleaning & Lubricating Weber Gas Grill Valves

Are the gas grill valves in your old Weber Genesis or Summit grill stiff and hard to turn? Do they no longer lock in the Off/High/Medium/Low positions? Do they not pop back up after being pushed down?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you can probably solve the problem by cleaning and lubricating the gas valves.

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Smashed Burgers On A Weber Gas Grill

I had heard of smashed burgers in the past. I’ve eaten at a fast-food chain called “Smashburger” but didn’t think much of it. When I was a teenager, I worked the grill at Wendy’s and part of the process was to smash the burgers on the flat-top using a trowel-like spatula. And yes, I am aware that the venerable Steak ‘n Shake has been smashing Steakburgers on the flat-top since 1934.

Two-patty smashed burger with American cheese

But it wasn’t until The Virtual Weber Bulletin Board member BFletcher started asking about sturdy spatulas for making smashed burgers that I started to investigate these flattened meat marvels. What caught my attention was an article by J. Kenji López-Alt on Serious Eats about making ultra-smashed cheeseburgers. Armed with this info, I successfully made delicious smashed burgers using my Weber gas grill. Let me show you how.

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