Video: Using Non-Stick Cooking Spray for Grilling

Non-stick cooking spray is my secret to prevent meat from sticking to the stainless steel cooking grates in my Weber gas grill and smoker. I know some people have this same issue with their stainless steel grates and can’t figure out how to resolve the problem—this video is for them!

Watch this video for some helpful tips on using non-stick cooking spray next time you grill or barbecue in the backyard!

Questions & Comments

Since I first published this video, I’ve received several questions and comments I’d like to address. Continue reading Video: Using Non-Stick Cooking Spray for Grilling

Video: Replacing The Propane Regulator On A Weber Summit 450 Gas Grill

I recently changed the regulator on my 2002 Weber Summit 450 propane gas grill. It finally gave up the ghost after 20 years of good service. How did I know it had gone bad? I wasn’t getting good gas flow to the burners, despite the burner tubes being clean inside and out and the valves all in good working order.

The good news is that it’s easy to get a new regulator, just call Weber at 800-446-1071 and they’ll tell you which part number you need for your grill. They’ll even be happy to sell you one!

I shot a short video that demonstrates just how easy it is to change the regulator in this grill. Enjoy! Continue reading Video: Replacing The Propane Regulator On A Weber Summit 450 Gas Grill

How To Avoid A Grease Fire In Your Weber Gas Grill

Grease fire in a Weber gas grill
Photo Credit: mroach on Flickr used under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Grease Fires Can Be Scary!

This is NOT a photo of the actual grease fire I experienced recently, but it might as well be.

In early March 2022, I was vacationing with my extended family, staying in a rented house in a state park that included a Weber Genesis II E-325 gas grill. My brother volunteered to grill tri-tip roasts for our final dinner on Saturday night, so upon arrival Thursday I opened up the grill to inspect its condition.

What I found was a grill that was filthy dirty. There was a lot of junk below the cooking grates, but my focus was on the grates themselves. I ran the grill with all burners on high for 30 minutes (it belched lots of smoke), gave the grates a good scrub with a grill brush, then shut it down.

On Saturday night, I had the foresight to pull the grill away from the shingle-sided house before we started cooking. My brother pre-heated the grill and began cooking four large tri-tip roasts. About 10 minutes in, the dripping fat ignited the built-up stuff in the bottom of the grill and it broke into flames not unlike those shown in the photo above! Continue reading How To Avoid A Grease Fire In Your Weber Gas Grill

WEBER CRAFTED Outdoor Kitchen Collection: New Accessories System For 2022

WEBER CRAFTED: Next Generation Accessories System For 2022

On July 20, 2021, Weber-Stephen Products LLC submitted a trademark application to the US Patent & Trademark Office for “WEBER CRAFTED OUTDOOR KITCHEN COLLECTION AND KETTLE DESIGN”. The application covers the phrase “Weber CRAFTED Outdoor Kitchen Collection” and a logo featuring that phrase and the Weber kettle silhouette.

Weber CRAFTED Outdoor Kitchen Collection logo

The applications states, “(the) trademark registration is intended to cover the categories of flat and hinged cooking grates; sear grates and grate inserts all for use in barbecue grills and smokers.” Examples listed include, “Dutch ovens, non-electric griddles, pizza stones, poultry roasting pans, waffle & sandwich makers, woks, vegetable baskets, flat top griddle, rotisserie baskets, and rotisserie skewers, all for use in barbecue grills and smokers.”

WEBER CRAFTED: An Improved Version Of Weber Gourmet BBQ System

Weber fans may be familiar with the Weber Gourmet BBQ System, also known as Weber GBS, an accessories system introduced in 2010 for charcoal grills and in 2013 for gas grills. Continue reading WEBER CRAFTED Outdoor Kitchen Collection: New Accessories System For 2022

Grilled Disneyland Romaine Lettuce Salad

Grilled Disneyland romaine lettuce salad

In January 2018, I visited Disneyland Park in Anaheim and had dinner at the River Belle Terrace restaurant in Frontierland. The spareribs were horrible, but the house salad was delicious. It consisted of arugula, apple, dried cranberries, gorgonzola, candied pecans, and a side of apple vinaigrette.

When I recently decided to try my hand at grilled romaine lettuce, the obvious choice was to dress it like a Caesar salad…at least that’s what most recipes do. Caesar dressing, shaved parmesan cheese, crispy croutons, and you’re done.

Well, I’m sure that would be easy and delicious, but my mind wandered back to that sweet salad I had at Disneyland. How about using it as inspiration for a grilled romaine lettuce salad prepared using the Weber gas grill? Continue reading Grilled Disneyland Romaine Lettuce Salad

How To Disable A Broken FlameCheck Safety System

Background On The FlameCheck Safety System

The FlameCheck Safety System button

This is an obscure topic that applies only to people with Genesis gas grills featuring the FlameCheck Safety System. These grills include:

  • Genesis 4 and 5
  • Genesis 4000 and 5000
  • Some Genesis models sold outside the United States

As described in this post from August 2018, FlameCheck was a safety feature on some Genesis gas grills that monitored the flame on the #1 burner. If the flame went out for whatever reason, a thermocouple-controlled valve would close, cutting off gas to the manifold. In order to initially light the #1 burner, you had to hold down a spring-loaded safety button while depressing the igniter button.

With time, the thermocouple would fail, causing the valve to stay in the closed position and shutting off gas to the grill. At some point, Weber stopped selling a replacement thermocouple, so owners of these grills resorted to placing a brick over the FlameCheck button to hold it down to keep gas flowing to the burners!

A Workaround To A Broken FlameCheck

Joe Anshien, a member of The Virtual Weber Bulletin Board, restored a Genesis 5 and shared his workaround to a broken FlameCheck Safety System that does not involve the use of a brick!

Find the FlameCheck valve situated between the incoming gas supply hose and the manifold. Unscrew the bottom portion of the valve where the thermocouple wire is connected. Inside you’ll find a valve cartridge with a spring assembly on one end.

Valve cartridge removed from valve body

Using a pair of pliers, pop-off the spring assembly, then remove and discard the spring retainer at the end of the spring.

Valve cartridge with washer removed

Replace the cartridge and spring inside the valve and screw the bottom portion back on. Spray a soapy water solution on the valve to check for gas leaks, then check that the burners light without depressing the FlameCheck button.

Burners stay lit without the FlameCheck button depressed

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Valve Photos: 2021 by Joe Anschien

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