Over the past few years, Costco Warehouse stores have been offering more and more high quality USDA Prime beef. Where I live in Northern California, it’s even becoming common to find a small selection of USDA Prime beef cuts in supermarkets like Safeway.
One Costco cut of beef I like to splurge on occasionally is USDA Prime tri-tip roast. I have grilled the USDA Choice version of this cut for many years and have always enjoyed how easy it is to cook and how juicy and delicious it is. A lot of that flavor and moisture comes from the fat that is marbled throughout the meat. Those qualities are enhanced further when you choose the Prime version of tri-tip. Continue reading USDA Prime Tri-Tip Roast From Costco→
The 2018 Weber Product Catalog is now available. It contains fewer pages than previous years, smaller product photos, condensed content, and relies more heavily on comparison tables for details. Registered forum members at The Virtual Weber Bulletin Board can download the 2018 Weber Product Catalog using this link.
Effective October 1, 2017, Weber upgraded its warranty on Genesis II and Summit gas grills, now covering all parts for 10 years. This coverage is offered retroactively on Genesis II grills purchased since January 1, 2017 and offered on Summit grills purchased October 1, 2017 or later.
All Genesis and Summit models purchased before these dates are not covered by this new warranty.
It’s our understanding that the newly redesigned Spirit II gas grills just now coming to market and purchased after October 1, 2017 will also get this upgraded warranty, and Spirit models purchased before that date will not.
What’s in the fine print? Weber.com says that all parts are covered for 10 years “excluding normal wear and tear and subject to additional terms and conditions in the warranty”.
What will those “additional terms and conditions” be? Will Weber be generous or strict in their interpretation of “normal wear and tear”?
Thanks to member Robert JS of The Virtual Weber Bulletin Board, we have this list of discontinued Weber accessories for 2018. As Robert says, “If you’re in the market for any of these items, you might want to pick them up sooner rather than later.”
“Word on the street” is that Spirit is the next line of Weber gas grills to be completely redesigned for 2018. This follows the revamping of the Genesis line of grills in 2017.
Spirit will be rebadged “Spirit II” just like Genesis was renamed Genesis II last year. There will be two models—E-210 selling for $399 and E-310 selling for $499. Liquid propane models are available in four colors: black, red, ivory, and sapphire; natural gas models come in black only.
These grills mimic the 2017 Genesis II design in terms of low-profile lid, open cart design, and iGrill 3 compatibility. There is conflicting information on whether these grills use the GS4 High Performance burner system used in Genesis II, but the photos below seem to show the GS4 badge on the right side of the control panel. Continue reading New 2018 Weber Spirit II & Genesis II Gas Grills→
Sometimes one of the challenges to restoring an old Weber gas grill is just being able to identify which model of grill you’ve got.
A couple of months ago, I posted some information on The Virtual Weber Bulletin Board about deciphering old Weber gas grill serial numbers. It comes from Dave Weaver, a TVWBB member with inside information on how the older grills were serialized.
As Weber grill fanatics, you and I don’t need anyone telling us that grilling is a year-around activity (addiction?) for most of us. So when the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association published their 2017 State of The Barbecue Industry report with the headline, “Grilling and Barbecuing Is a Growing, Year-Round Lifestyle”, I was not the least bit surprised.
You can read the complete press release using the link above, but here are the most interesting statistics that stood out to me from their 2017 consumer survey.
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
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→
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→
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