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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

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

ThermoPop Leads The Pack Of Inexpensive Digital Thermometers

Cook’s Country magazine reviewed inexpensive digital thermometers in their April/May 2016 edition. Which units came out on top? Here are the top three recommendations:

ThermoWorks ThermoPop

ThermoWorks ThermoPop

Fast, accurate, ergonomic design, backlight and rotating display make this a good alternative to the more expensive Thermapen.

Polder Stable-Read Instant Read Thermometer

Polder Stable-Read Instant Read Thermometer

Fast and accurate with audible beep when temp is registered. On the downside, a test unit melted when rested briefly against a hot saucepan.

Le Creuset Digital Instant Read Thermometer

Le Creuset Digital Instant Read Thermometere

Fast and accurate, but slim body was not ergonomic for big-handed users.

More New Grilling Books for 2015

There’s yet another crop of new grilling books out for 2015. And here you thought everything had been written about our favorite outdoor cooking method…

Take a look at these new offerings. If you like any of these, let us know on The Virtual Weber Bulletin Board.

 

Grilling With House of Q

Grilling With House of Q

Amazon.com says, “If you love the taste of barbecue but worry about cooking the perfect steak or if you’re a whiz with burgers but want to grill other foods or if you harbor aspirations of presenting your own smoked brisket to a panel of trained judges, then this book is for you. BBQ Brian has spent more than a decade smoking and grilling foods, competing against other pit masters and learning from some of the best in the business. And not only does he regularly win awards for his barbecue and House of Q BBQ sauces, but he’s now one of the most sought-after teachers around. Why? Because he tells a great story, makes learning fun and easy and freely shares his recipes and his love of good food. Grilling with House of Q is part handsome cookbook, part instruction manual and part story collection. The result is that rare volume that entertains and becomes your go-to for delicious, no-fail smoked ribs, shrimp tacos, pulled pork and pit beans—or burritos, mac ’n’ cheese and baklava—all prepared on your grill and all eagerly anticipated by friends, backyard neighbors and barbecue judges.”

 

Build Your Own Burger

Build Your Own Burger

Amazon says, “Want to take your burger making skills to a whole new and exciting level? Let Build Your Own Burger show you how. This fun and practical guide to creating delicious and original burgers has literally thousands of combinations. In this inventive and fun format, ingredients are split into four categories – the buns, the sauces, the patties, and the toppings – each image presented in its own panel. Mix and match the panels to create your ideal burger. A comprehensive section covers the basics, including equipment, ingredients, and troubleshooting tips to get you started. The tasty-looking photography and the clever format will inspire cooks to create unique and mouth-watering flavor combinations such as: A fiery Chili Bun with a Beef Jalapeno Patty, topped with Sweet Chili Mayo and a Cooling Cucumber Salad or an Olive Ciabatta bun with a Field Mushroom Patty, topped with Vine-Ripened Tomato Salsa and Grilled Halloumi. With easy-to-follow recipes and photographs of all the elements, even a beginner can create luscious burgers in no time at all. Filled with burger ideas for any occasion and every palate, this really is the only burger book you’ll ever need.”

 

Southern Cooking For Company

Southern Cooking For Company

Not a grilling book per se, but with some imagination many of the main dish recipes can be adapted to the grill. This book is probably worth owning just for the side dish and dessert recipes alone!

Amazon says, “Nicki Pendleton Wood has gathered recipes from more than 100 Southerners that they prepare when company is coming. These are the show-off recipes hosts pull out when guests are on the way, whether for an intimate evening with another couple, a party for 100 people celebrating a milestone birthday, or anything in between. In addition to the recipes, contributors share their secrets for making guests feel at home.”

 

The Eat Like A Man Guide To Feeding A Crowd

The Eat Like A Man Guide To Feeding A Crowd

Amazon says, “This welcome follow-up to Esquire’s wildly popular Eat Like a Man cookbook is the ultimate resource for guys who want to host big crowds and need the scaled-up recipes, logistical advice, and mojo to pull it off whether they’re cooking breakfast for a houseful of weekend guests, producing an epic spread for the playoffs, or planning the backyard BBQ that trumps all. With tantalizing photos and about 100 recipes for lazy breakfasts, afternoon noshing, dinner spreads, and late-night binges—including loads of favorites from chefs who know how to satisfy a crowd, such as Linton Hopkins, Edward Lee, and Michael Symon—this is the only cookbook a man will ever need when the party is at his place.”

 

The Beer Bible

The Beer Bible

Amazon says, “It’s finally here—the comprehensive, authoritative book that does for beer what The Wine Bible does for wine. Written by an expert from the West Coast, where America’s craft beer movement got its start, The Beer Bible is the ultimate reader- and drinker-friendly guide to all the world’s beers.

“No other book of this depth and scope approaches the subject of beer in the same way that beer lovers do—by style, just as a perfect pub menu is organized—and gets right to the pleasure of discovery, knowledge, and connoisseurship. Divided into four major families—ales, lagers, wheat beers, and tart and wild ales—there’s everything a beer drinker wants to know about the hundreds of different authentic types of brews, from bitters, bocks, and IPAs to weisses, milk stouts, lambics, and more. Each style is a chapter unto itself, delving into origins, ingredients, description and characteristics, substyles, and tasting notes, and ending with a recommended list of the beers to know in each category. Hip infographics throughout make the explanation of beer’s flavors, brewing methods, ingredients, labeling, serving, and more as immediate as it is lively.

“The book is written for passionate beginners, who will love its “if you like X, try Y” feature; for intermediate beer lovers eager to go deeper; and for true geeks, who will find new information on every page. History, romance, the art of tasting, backstories and anecdotes, appropriate glassware, bitterness units, mouthfeel, and more—it’s all here. Plus a primer on pairing beer and food using the three Cs— complement, contrast, or cut. It’s the book that every beer lover will read with pleasure, and use with even more.”

 

School of Booze

School Of Booze

Amazon says, “Humans were seeking out alcohol millions of years before the word “keg” was coined. School of Booze contains everything you have ever wanted to know about alcoholic beverages, from how to make absinthe to the cultural history of zythos (beer). It covers the discovery and invention of fermented alcohol, ancient history, toasting, alcohol and health, alcohol’s role in religion, origin of slang expressions, virtually every known form of alcoholic beverage and their histories, temperance and prohibition movements and law, and much more. Packed with fascinating miscellany and curious facts to entertain your friends at the pub, this book is an essential compendium of knowledge about what essayist Dr. Samuel Johnson called life’s “second greatest pleasure.” It is the perfect gift for yourself, or for anyone who enjoys raising a glass to good health. Bottoms up!”

Weber 6483 Burger Press

Review of Weber 6483 Burger Press

Weber 6483 Burger Press

Pros:

  • Presses burgers ranging from 1/4 to 1/2 pound
  • Clear acrylic design shows when burger is fully pressed
  • Creates a dimple in the patty that prevents puffy burgers during cooking
  • Handle can be removed for cleaning
  • Dishwasher safe

Cons:

  • Meat may stick to the press under certain circumstances

Close-up view of Weber 6483 Burger Press

I’ve formed hamburger patties by hand for years and never given much thought to doing it any other way until I recently purchased the Weber 6483 Burger Press.

The press consists of two plastic halves that form a 4-5/8″ wide patty. The bottom half is marked “1/4 LB” on one side and “1/2 LB” on the other; the offset design allows the top half to press down only far enough to make each sized patty.

To make patties, flip the bottom half of the press to the patty size you want to make. To make 1/3 pound burgers as shown here, use the “1/4 LB” side of the press.

Weighing meat for patties

Use a kitchen scale to weigh-out the amount of meat for each patty, or divide the meat evenly by eyeballing it.

Placing meat into burger press

Form the meat loosely into a ball and place it on the bottom half of the press.

Pressing the burger

Place the top half of the press over the meat and press down firmly. The clear acrylic allows you see when the meat has completely spread out to fill the press.

Close-up of dimpled patty

Removing the top half reveals that the press makes a dimple in the patty. This indentation helps prevent the burger from puffing up in the middle as it cooks.

Pressed burger patties

With the burgers pressed, they’re ready to be seasoned with salt & pepper and grilled.

Removing handle from press

The nylon handle can be removed for cleaning.

Burger press parts are dishwasher safe

The burger press parts are labeled “dishwasher safe” on the box. Since the handle was not dirty and is removable, I took it off before running the press through the dishwasher.

Pressed burgers on the grill

Now just grill your pressed burgers as you would any other. I grilled these over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes until 135-140°F for medium doneness. If you’re concerned about the food safety of your burgers, grill to 160°F for well done.

Melting cheese slices and toasting buns

Note how the burgers grilled up nice and flat, not puffy, due to the dimples made by the press.

Pressed burger served with steak fries

Some people using this press report problems with the meat sticking to the press. I didn’t have a sticking problem, but if you do, a little non-stick cooking spray may do the trick. Some suggest using a square of waxed paper or hamburger patty papers to avoid sticking.

Overall, this is a neat gadget that I plan to keep around. It works as advertised, pressing out consistently sized and shaped burgers that grill evenly every time.

What to make sliders? Weber has you covered with the Weber 6485 Slider Press.

For tips on making better burgers, read 5 Steps to Burger Brilliance, an excerpt from Weber’s Big Book of Burgers by author Jamie Purviance.

The Weber 6483 Burger Press is available at Amazon.com.