Winter Grilling Tips

Grills in winter

Here are some useful tips for winter grilling in cold weather.

Pre-Cook

  • Keep plenty of propane around. Consider keeping a filled spare tank in reserve. Tanks may not work reliably when temps dip below freezing, so store propane tanks where they won’t freeze.
  • Wind is the enemy of grilling, regardless of time of year. Operate your grill in a sheltered location or setup a wind break.
  • Allow more time to pre-heat the grill. It may take up to twice as long to pre-heat during winter than during summer.
  • Don’t force the lid or knobs if frozen in place. Thaw the grill in the garage or carefully defrost stuck parts with a blow dryer.
  • To avoid carbon monoxide risks, don’t operate your grill in enclosed locations.

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New Weber Gas Grills For 2021

Weber introduced a series of new gas grilling products for the 2021 model year which started on October 1, 2020.

Smart Grills

2021 Weber Smart Grills

Weber introduced four new Spirit and Genesis II “Smart Grills” for 2021. Each features a digital tech package built into the front face of the right worktable (Spirit) or the left worktable (Genesis II). This tech package provides real-time food temp and readiness countdowns on the grill or on a smartphone app, alerts, and Amazon Alexa integration for voice commands like, “Alexa, when will my food be ready?”

Smart Grills are denoted by an “X” added after the “E” (enamel) or “S” (stainless steel) finish designation in the model name. At the time of announcement, Smart Grills are only available in LP configuration. Availability will most likely be after January 1, 2021. Continue reading New Weber Gas Grills For 2021

Flat Iron Steak Redo

Grilled flat iron steak
Flat iron steaks with sea salt flakes

In August 2018, I had a few issues grilling a flat iron steak and wrote about it in one of my posts. Two years passed and I completely forgot about that experience. I’m standing at the butcher counter in 2020, I see a flat iron steak, and I think I should try grilling one and posting about it here. Not until I started writing this post did I discover I’d cooked and posted about flat iron steak before!

Well, I’m happy to report that I had a better experience with flat iron steak this time.

If you don’t know much about flat iron steak, you can read about the origins of this cut of meat in my previous post.

First, I upped the grilling temperature…preheated for 15 minutes, two burners on MEDIUM-HIGH, one burner on LOW, and one burner OFF to create a hot direct zone and a cooler indirect zone in case I needed it. Turned out I didn’t need it. I seasoned the meat with Susie Q’s Santa Maria Style Seasoning and let it rest at room temp for 1 hour. Continue reading Flat Iron Steak Redo

Pork Secreto

Grilled pork secreto on a tortilla

What Is Pork Secreto?

I noticed this interesting cut of pork in the fresh meat counter at Belcampo Meat Co. in Palo Alto, CA (before the location closed in March 2019). The butcher said it was equivalent to “pork brisket”, a “butcher’s secret” that they grilled for themselves behind the restaurant.

Good enough for them? Good enough for me!

Belcampo Meat Co. Palo Alto CA

When I got home, I searched the Interweb and found several definitions for pork secreto: the aforementioned pork brisket; pork skirt steak; a strip of pork hidden under belly fat; a cut that resides behind the shoulder; and a cut between the shoulder, ribs, and fatback.

So maybe “pork secreto” can be any number of things. In the end, I trusted the butcher that fabricated and sold the cut, as well as my own eyes, and decided that it looked like a tiny brisket weighing 1.25 pounds.

Fatty side of pork secreto

The butcher said this was a Duroc-Berkshire crossbreed, so a quality piece of pork.

Lean side of pork secreto

It consists of two parts, like a beef brisket, but in the opposite configuration. In a beef brisket, the fatty portion comes from the chest and the lean portion is towards the belly. In a pork secreto, the fatty portion comes from the belly and the lean portion comes from the chest as part of the picnic…or so I’ve read. Continue reading Pork Secreto

Impossible Burgers On The Weber Gas Grill

Impossible Burgers on the Weber gas grill

Introduction

In July 2019, I post a video review of the Impossible Burger at Burger King. The flavor was OK. The problem was the degree to which it was cooked. Two of the three burgers I tried were extremely dark on the outside, almost to the point of being burned, and they were not moist and juicy.

At the time of that video, raw Impossible Burger was not widely available in supermarkets. In the video, I commented that someday I’d like to get my hands on some and try cooking it on my Weber gas grill.

Well, that day arrived in July 2020.

I was doing my weekly grocery shopping at Safeway and noticed a display of raw Impossible Burger in the meat department, a 12-ounce package selling for $14.99! (At the time of writing this, just one month later, this same package sells for $9.99 at Safeway and $7.94 at Walmart.) I gulped hard, added a package to my cart, and headed to the checkout stand.

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Review: Impossible Burger At Burger King

In July 2019, I posted a video review of the Impossible Burger at Burger King. In the video, you can see how the Impossible Burger compares to a regular beef burger on The Whopper.

In the video, I mentioned that someday I’d like to get my hands on some raw Impossible Burger and grill it at home using my Weber gas grill. That day came in July 2020 when I found some at my local supermarket.

You can read about my experience grilling Impossible Burgers here:

Impossible Burgers On The Weber Gas Grill

Mold, Mice & Rats in Weber Gas Grills

Mold inside Weber grill

You’ve got your steaks seasoned and ready for the grill. You go out to the patio, remove the grill cover, and open the lid.

What greets you is a colony of fuzzy white/green mold on the grates and certain areas of the firebox. Or worse, a fuzzy creature of a different sort, the kind with eyes and nose and whiskers and tail, that’s sitting on the Flavorizer bars, staring up at you through the cooking grates, just as surprised to see you as you are to see him.

Put those steaks back in the refrigerator. You’ve got work to do before you’ll be ready to cook.

Dead mouse in Weber gas grill

It’s no fun to find mold or a live or dead critter in your grill, but it happens. I’ve discovered a live rat making its home inside the cookbox of my gas grill, with feces and urine and footprints all over the exterior of the grill. Gross, for sure, but no reason to throw your grill to the curb.

Both mold and critters thrive on the grease and bits of leftover food found in a dirty grill. For mice and rats, it’s also about building a safe, cozy home within the confines of your grill.

So what should you do to put your grill back into service? And how do you prevent it from happening again in the future?

Read on to find out.

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