Weber FlameCheck: The Forgotten Safety System

Sherman, set the WAYBAC machine to 1985…

In that year, Weber introduced their first rectangular-shaped, stand up gas grills: The Genesis 1, 2, and 3. A few years later, Weber introduced two high-end versions of these grills: The Genesis 4 and 5. These two grills featured upgrades like stainless steel Flavorizer bars, pin-striped paint on custom gray- and mauve-colored lids, a matching porcelain enameled serving tray, the Steam-N-Chips smoker box accessory, and on the Genesis 5 an enclosed storage area with glass doors.

Another feature that both Genesis 4 and 5 grills shared was the FlameCheck Safety System. FlameCheck was carried over to the second-generation Genesis 4000 and 5000 grills introduced in the early 1990’s.

Restored Genesis 5000 gas grill
Restored Genesis 5000 gas grill

FlameCheck was a unique safety system that monitored the flame on the #1 front burner and cut-off the gas supply to the grill if the #1 burner went out. (Remember, these grills had three burners running left to right across the grill, with the control panel on the right side, and the #1 burner being the front, primary burner that was always lit first.)

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Weber Gas Grill Covers for 2018

Now is the perfect time to show your Weber gas grill some love with a new premium cover! We’ve got you covered with the right size cover for your Weber gas grill!

These new polyester covers are breathable, water-resistant, and contain UV inhibitors that prevent fading. They don’t get stiff or crack like old vinyl covers, and the lightweight material means these covers are easier to put on and take off, too.

Each grill cover can be ordered from Amazon.com—just click the link or photo below.

Spirit 200/Spirit II 200 Series 2-Burner

You need this cover: 7138 Premium Grill Cover
48 x 17.7 x 42

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Caribbean Jerk Ribeye Steaks

Caribbean Jerk marinated USDA Choice ribeye steaks

The older I get, the more I forget. For example, I forgot that I took these photos of Caribbean Jerk marinated ribeye steaks back in September 2015…I just found them on my hard drive!

I also forgot the name of the guy who told me his favorite thing to grill was ribeye steaks marinated with Safeway Signature Select Caribbean Jerk Marinade.

Oh well. What I do remember is that these steaks were delicious!

Here’s what the marinade looked like in 2015. The label has changed since then. Continue reading Caribbean Jerk Ribeye Steaks

Compound Butter For Steaks & Seafood

Compound butter on grilled steak

Compound butter (a mixture of butter, herbs, and spices) is an excellent way to add flavor and moisture to any grilled steak or seafood, and it’s so easy to make.

Your family and friends will be impressed at the sight of a perfectly grilled steak or piece of fish with a disc of compound butter on top, melting slowly over the meat—and the flavor will blow-away their taste buds!

Components Of Compound Butter

Compound butter consists of a good quality softened butter and any of the following mixed in:

  • Herbs (minced fine) and spices (freshly ground or cracked), e.g. garlic, onion, shallots, ginger, citrus zest, peppers, etc.
  • Salt, to taste.
  • Acid, often lemon juice or vinegar, to balance the flavors.
  • Sweet, rarely used, but might include honey, agave, maple, etc.
  • Exotic ingredients, rarely used, like black truffles.

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Grilled Rhubarb

Grilled rhubarb

I’ll bet you’ve never grilled rhubarb. Well, I hadn’t either until recently when I listened to an interview with Tinky Weisblat, author of Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb. She was talking about the versatility of rhubarb as an ingredient in not only pies but cocktails, appetizers, and main courses, and at one point she mentioned that rhubarb can be grilled.

Who knew? I thought I’d give it a try.

Buy & Prepare The Rhubarb

This is what rhubarb looks like at my supermarket. It’s several individual stalks bound together with ties. They come in different sizes; I bought a small bundle of four stalks to experiment with. Continue reading Grilled Rhubarb

Cedar-Planked Goat Cheese Appetizer Three Ways

Cedar-planked goat cheese appetizer three ways

A cedar-planked goat cheese appetizer is not the first thing that comes to mind when I think about a pre-meal snack. Those who know me know that I’m more likely to grab a handful of potato chips or a slice of cheddar cheese on a Ritz cracker than head for the grilled goat cheese.

But here it was, Mother’s Day 2018. Time to do something new and different. A cedar-planked goat cheese appetizer that looks great, tastes great, and is easy to prepare on the road at Mom & Dad’s house on their Weber Genesis 2 gas grill. Continue reading Cedar-Planked Goat Cheese Appetizer Three Ways

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms On The Weber Gas Grill

Lately my wife has been grilling portobello mushrooms on our Weber Summit 450 gas grill. Here’s an example of one of her recent preparations.

Ingredients

Makes 2 servings. Double ingredients for 4 servings.

For the mushrooms:

  • 2 portobello mushrooms, stems removed and brushed clean. (Save stems for another use.)

Clean mushrooms with stems removed

Brushing mushroom caps

For the marinade:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons champagne vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1.5 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 0.5 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 0.5 teaspoon chopped cilantro

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Skirt Steak: Part 2

In a previous post, I wrote about the two types of skirt steak—outside skirt steak and inside skirt steak—and showed an example of grilling inside skirt steak with a spicy Korean marinade on my Weber Summit 450 gas grill.

In that post, I casually mentioned that both cuts of skirt steak can be a very long piece of meat (especially the more desirable outside skirt steak) and that it can be advantageous to cut it into smaller pieces before marinating and grilling.

I wanted to show you an example of a really long piece of outside skirt steak, one that I bought recently at a quality butcher counter here in San Jose. Continue reading Skirt Steak: Part 2

Naan Pizza On The Weber Gas Grill

Close-up of a naan pizza

I’ve tried making pizza a few times on the grill, but it always seems like a big hassle. I don’t want to make my own dough, I don’t want to track down ready-made dough at the supermarket, I’m not a big fan of those bready pre-made crusts…and don’t get me started on pizza stones!

So when I saw someone on television make pizza using naan, a thin Indian flatbread, I thought it looked easy enough to give it a try myself. Continue reading Naan Pizza On The Weber Gas Grill

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