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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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Meatloaf Burgers Adapted To The Weber Gas Grill

Meatloaf burger on toasted sesame seed bun with burger sauce

I recently made meatloaf burgers using a recipe from Cook’s Country magazine. In the Cook’s recipe, you make a meatloaf mixture using typical ingredients, then form into patties and sear in a non-stick skillet on the stove top over medium-high heat for 3 minutes per side. Once you’ve got a crusty exterior on the patties, they move to a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet pan in a 350°F oven and cook for another 15-20 minutes until 160°F internal temperature.

I adapted this recipe to the Weber gas grill by searing the patties in a cast iron skillet over medium heat on the grill, then moved them to a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet pan on the grill and continued cooking until reaching 160°F internal temperature.

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Chicken Kebabs on a Weber Gas Grill

Chicken kebabs are a delicious and healthy choice when grilled on a Weber gas grill. They’re fairly easy to prepare and cook, and your guests will be impressed because kebabs are a specialty that you don’t often find on summer cook-out menus.

Chicken kebabs on Weber Summit gas grill

This recipe is inspired by one published by America’s Test Kitchen in 2002.

Makes 12 chicken/veggie kebabs plus extra chicken-only kebabs.

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Grilled Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin

Grilled teriyaki pork tenderloin
Grilled teriyaki pork tenderloin

Grilled teriyaki pork tenderloin is a favorite in our household. It’s easy to make, it tastes great, and it’s as lean and healthy as boneless, skinless chicken breast.

I like to use two types of teriyaki together when grilling pork tenderloin. I marinate the meat using Lawry’s Teriyaki Marinade before cooking, then glaze it with the sweeter JES Teriyaki Sauce toward the end of cooking.

Teriyaki marinade and finishing glaze
Teriyaki marinade and finishing glaze

Start with a fresh pork tenderloin weighing 1 to 1.5 pounds. Trim any silverskin and excess fat. Place tenderloin in a Ziploc bag and add 1/3 bottle of Lawry’s Teriyaki Marinade. Squeeze out excess air, seal the bag, and massage the tenderloin through the bag to make sure it’s well coated. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours, turning the bag several times so the meat marinates evenly.

Tenderloin marinating in Ziploc bag
Tenderloin marinating in Ziploc bag

When ready to grill, remove tenderloin from bag and pat with paper towels to remove most of the marinade. Too much marinade and the meat will steam on the surface, inhibiting browning. To promote even cooking, fold the thin end of the tenderloin back over onto itself about 2-3 inches and tie with kitchen twine.

Preheat the gas grill on HIGH for 10 minutes, then clean the grates with a grill brush. Reduce heat to MEDIUM.

Spray both sides of tenderloin with non-stick cooking spray. Grill for 2 minutes, then use a spatula and tongs to loosen the meat from the grate and turn it over. Grill for another 2 minutes on the second side. Repeat for another 2 minutes on each side.

Now that you’re 8 minutes into grilling, start glazing the meat with JES Teriyaki Sauce using a basting brush and continue turning and basting every 2 minutes. Also, now’s the time to start checking internal meat temp with an instant-read thermometer.

Grilling and glazing the tenderloin
Grilling and glazing the tenderloin

Keep grilling, turning, and basting until the tenderloin reaches an internal temperature of 135-140*F. Move tenderloin to a rimmed baking sheet, cover with foil, and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Interior view of teriyaki pork tenderloin
Interior view of teriyaki pork tenderloin

This teriyaki pork tenderloin is moist, tender and delicious when cooked to perfect doneness on a Weber gas grill! Serve with warmed JES Teriyaki Sauce on the side, along with sticky rice and your favorite side dishes.

Grilled Ribeye Cap Steaks

When you’re out shopping and come across a special cut of meat—buy it. That’s what I did when I spotted USDA Prime ribeye cap steaks at Costco.

USDA Prime ribeye cap steaks

The ribeye cap, or spinalis dorsi, is probably the most flavorful part of the cow. You’ve probably enjoyed it when eating prime rib—it’s that highly marbled outside edge that surrounds the large center eye of the prime rib. Here it’s been separated from the prime rib roast in a single piece and cut into narrow “steaks”.

Ribeye cap steaks seasoned with salt, pepper and granulated garlic

When grilling such a special cut, seasonings should be simple and used only to enhance the natural flavor of the meat. Kosher salt, black pepper, and granulated garlic are just the ticket.

Ribeye cap steaks go onto the grill

Preheat the grill on HIGH for 10 minutes, then scrub the grates with a grill brush. Turn the heat down to MEDIUM and place the steaks on the grill. Keep the lid open and turn the steaks every 60-90 seconds so they cook evenly on all four sides.

Ribeye cap steaks are almost done

Use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal meat temp. I grilled these steaks to 135-140°F for something between medium-rare and medium doneness.

Finished ribeye cap steaks

Once the meat is done to your liking, remove to a platter and let rest for just a few minutes to allow juices to redistribute within the meat. Finish with a sprinkle of sea salt or kosher salt to boost the flavor.

Inside view of ribeye cap steak

So soft, so tender, so delicious…that’s all I can say about these ribeye cap steaks. They were a real treat! If you have a chance to try them, do it. If you’re in the mood to splurge, you can order a whole ribeye cap from Snake River Farms.

Reverse Seared Porterhouse Steaks

The porterhouse steak is one of my favorites because it’s two steaks in one: the larger strip steak on one side of the bone and the smaller tenderloin steak on the other side of the bone. The strip has better flavor, but the tenderloin has better tenderness. The porterhouse steak is the best of both worlds!

I’ve grilled these steaks over direct heat for years with good results, but grilling indirect with a reverse sear at the end is all the rage these days, so I thought I’d give it a try with these two beauties. The process I followed comes from a recipe in Cook’s Country magazine.

Salted porterhouse steaks on wire rack

Place the steaks on a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet. Pat dry with paper towels then sprinkle with kosher salt.

Steak about 60 minutes at room temperature

Steak registers 55 degrees internal temp

Let sit at room temperature until the steaks register an internal temperature of 55*F, about 60 minutes.

Applying olive oil to steaks

Steaks sprinkled with freshly cracked black pepper

Once the steaks hit 55*F, rub both sides with olive oil and sprinkle with freshly cracked black pepper.

About 45 minutes into the salting process, preheat your gas grill with all burners on HIGH for 15 minutes, then clean the grates with a grill brush. Turn one burner to MEDIUM LOW and turn off all the other burners. Adjust this one burner as needed to maintain about 300*F.

Steaks place next to medium low burner
Medium low burner is to the right of the steaks. Burners under the steaks are turned off.

Place the porterhouse steaks on the grill just off the edge of the fire, with the bone-end facing the lit burner. Cook the steaks to 75*F, about 10-20 minutes.

Turned steaks at 75 degrees internal temp

Flip the steaks, keeping the bone-end facing the lit burner, and cook to 95*F, another 10-20 minutes.

Remove the steaks from the grill. Turn all burners to HIGH and let the grill preheat for 5 minutes. (If you have a cast iron griddle or plancha, place it on the grill and preheat for 10 minutes.)

Put the steaks back on the grill (or griddle or plancha) and sear both sides until well browned to an internal temp of 120*F for medium-rare, about 4 minutes per side.

Steaks resting before serving

Remove steaks from the grill, cover loosely with foil and let rest for just a few minutes while getting the rest of your meal to the table.

Interior view of tenderloin portion
Interior view of tenderloin portion
Interior view of strip portion
Interior view of strip portion

The indirect cooking process with reverse sear results in evenly done meat with minimal overcooked meat at the surface of the steak. The process is a little fussy and takes a bit more time versus the typical direct cooking process, but the results are worth it.

Double-Thick Bone-In Grilled Pork Chops

Double-thick, bone-in pork chops

I spotted some beautiful, double-thick, bone-in Niman Ranch pork chops at a supermarket here in San Jose. I thought they’d be a real treat for my birthday dinner. What could be better than giving myself the gift of delicious, juicy pork?

Here’s how I grilled these chops on the Weber Summit 450 gas grill.

Rubbed pork chops

To prevent the chops from cupping during grilling, make a series of cuts around the edge of each chop through the fat just to the meat. Pat the chops dry with paper towels and apply Slap Yo’ Daddy All-Purpose Rub to all sides. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat the grill on HIGH for 10 minutes. While the grill is heating, remove the chops from the refrigerator. Spray both sides with non-stick cooking spray.

Pork chop goes onto the grill

Clean the grates with a grill brush and turn the burners down to MEDIUM.

Place the chops on the grate. Cook 2-3 minutes on the first side. Use a spatula to help release the chops from the grate. Cook the second side for 2-3 minutes. Turn the chops back onto the first side, rotating 90 degrees to create diamond pattern grill marks. Cook 2-3 minutes, then repeat for the second side.

Watch the grill carefully for flare-ups during this initial searing process. The chops shown here had some nice fat around the edges that rendered and flared-up; just move the chops away from the flames if this happens.

After 8-12 minutes of cooking, the double-thick chops are now nicely seared on the outside, but not even close to being done on the inside. They need to be cooked more at a lower temperature until perfectly done.

Seared pork chop ready for foil

Use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature of the meat. Apply a thin coat of barbecue sauce to both sides of the chops and wrap them in heavy-duty aluminum foil.

Setup the grill for indirect cooking at 350°F by turning some burners OFF and some burners to LOW or MEDIUM. Place the foil package over the OFF burner(s) and cook the chops until they reach an internal temperature of 140°F.

Opening foil to check internal temp

Open the foil every 5 minutes, check the meat temp quickly, then close the foil and the grill lid. While checking the temp, occasionally flip and turn the chops so they cook evenly.

The chops shown here were seared for about 10 minutes then cooked in foil for an additional 30 minutes and flipped/turned twice in the foil. Your timing will vary, of course, depending on your specific grill and the thickness and starting internal temp of your chops.

Chop resting on a plate after cooking

Once the chops reach 140°F, remove them from the foil and give them another thin coat of barbecue sauce. Remove the chops to a serving plate and let rest for 5 minutes while getting the rest of your meal to the table.

Plated pork chop with mashed potatoes and apple sauce

Pork chops al fresco by candlelight

We served these pork chops with mashed potatoes, apple sauce, and a hipster pineapple cider al fresco by candlelight. Couldn’t have asked for a nicer birthday dinner or a more succulent pork chop. I can’t wait to make these again, and I won’t be waiting for another birthday to do so!

Husk-Grilled Corn With Brown Sugar-Cayenne Butter

Husk-grilled corn with brown sugar-cayenne butter

There’s nothing better than summer corn, and unless you’re standing out in a corn field eating it raw, there’s no better way to prepare corn than to grill it.

This recipe for husk-grilled corn comes from Cook’s Country Magazine, June/July 2015. You can follow the basic grilling technique described below and serve with butter, salt and pepper at the dinner table, or you can “guild the lily” by serving the corn with this brown sugar-cayenne butter.

I hope you enjoy it!

Husk-Grilled Corn with Brown Sugar-Cayenne Butter

Ingredients:

  • 6 ears of corn in husks
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Stir butter, brown sugar, salt, black pepper, and cayenne until smooth and combined.

Butter mixture in foil boat

Make a foil boat to hold the butter mixture: Tear a sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil 12″ x 14″. Fold in half to 12″ x 7″. Roll up sides and crimp to form a boat just big enough to hold an ear of corn.

Place butter mixture into the foil boat.

Preheat your gas grill on HIGH for 15 minutes. Use a grill brush to scrub the grates clean.

Fresh corn goes onto the grill

 

Corn ready to be shucked

Cut silk from the end of each ear of corn. Put corn straight onto the ripping hot grill and close the lid. Cook 3 minutes, then use long tongs to give the corn a 1/4 turn. Repeat until 4 sides have been grilled, about 12 minutes total time. Corn is cooked when you pull back the husk to reveal steaming corn and bright yellow kernels.

Removing stem from corn

Removing husk with tongs and towel

Remove corn to a cutting board. Cut off the stem ends. Carefully remove husks and silk using tongs and a towel.

Rolling corn in butter mixture

Corn flaring-up on the grill

Roll corn in the butter mixture and return it to the grill with the lid open. The grill may initially flare-up and make some loud popping noises due to the butter. Move the corn around to avoid flames, turning frequently until there is some char, maybe 3-5 minutes max. If you see any soot on the corn due to burned butter from the initial flare-up, gently wipe it off with a towel.

Corn ready to come off the grill

Husk-grilled corn with brown sugar-cayenne butter

Remove corn from the grill. Roll again in the butter mixture. Serve with any leftover butter on the side.

This corn is sweet with a little heat. You may notice a slight caramel corn note. Delicious!

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!”