All posts by Chris Allingham

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

USDA Prime Ribeye Cap Steaks From Costco

Seared USDA Prime ribeye cap steaks from Costco

Introduction

In a post last week, I encouraged you to try grilling a USDA Prime tri-tip roast. As long as I’m on a Prime meat kick, I’d like to suggest that you try the harder to find but oh so delicious USDA Prime ribeye cap steak, also available from time to time and in limited quantities at Costco.

I last grilled ribeye cap steaks in February 2016 and enjoyed them very much. In January 2018, I found ribeye cap steaks at Costco that were rolled, tied, and sliced into pinwheel steaks—a better presentation and easier to cook, I think. Continue reading USDA Prime Ribeye Cap Steaks From Costco

USDA Prime Tri-Tip Roast From Costco

Over the past few years, Costco Warehouse stores have been offering more and more high quality USDA Prime beef. Where I live in Northern California, it’s even becoming common to find a small selection of USDA Prime beef cuts in supermarkets like Safeway.

USDA Prime tri-tip roast from Costco

One Costco cut of beef I like to splurge on occasionally is USDA Prime tri-tip roast. I have grilled the USDA Choice version of this cut for many years and have always enjoyed how easy it is to cook and how juicy and delicious it is. A lot of that flavor and moisture comes from the fat that is marbled throughout the meat. Those qualities are enhanced further when you choose the Prime version of tri-tip. Continue reading USDA Prime Tri-Tip Roast From Costco

2018 Weber Product Catalog Now Available

2018 Weber Product Catalog front & back cover

The 2018 Weber Product Catalog is now available. It contains fewer pages than previous years, smaller product photos, condensed content, and relies more heavily on comparison tables for details. Registered forum members at The Virtual Weber Bulletin Board can download the 2018 Weber Product Catalog using this link.

Spirit II E-310 LP in blue

In a post last September, we reported on the new gas grills featured in this catalog, namely the all-new Spirit II entry-level grills in black/red/sapphire/ivory and minor additions to the Genesis II line. There are no changes to the charcoal grill line-up that we’re aware of.

New accessories for 2018 include:

Weber 8829 Ceramic Grilling Stone

8829 Ceramic Grilling Stone – $50

Weber 7425 Wok for Gourmet BBQ System

7425 Wok for Gourmet BBQ System – $55

7137 LP Tank Cover

7137 LP Tank Cover – $10

New Weber Gas Grill Warranty: 10 Years, All Parts

100% Weber Guarantee: 10 Years on all parts

Effective October 1, 2017, Weber upgraded its warranty on Genesis II and Summit gas grills, now covering all parts for 10 years. This coverage is offered retroactively on Genesis II grills purchased since January 1, 2017 and offered on Summit grills purchased October 1, 2017 or later.

All Genesis and Summit models purchased before these dates are not covered by this new warranty.

It’s our understanding that the newly redesigned Spirit II gas grills just now coming to market and purchased after October 1, 2017 will also get this upgraded warranty, and Spirit models purchased before that date will not.

What’s in the fine print? Weber.com says that all parts are covered for 10 years “excluding normal wear and tear and subject to additional terms and conditions in the warranty”.

What will those “additional terms and conditions” be? Will Weber be generous or strict in their interpretation of “normal wear and tear”?

Only time will tell.

New 2018 Weber Spirit II & Genesis II Gas Grills

New Spirit II Grills For 2018

“Word on the street” is that Spirit is the next line of Weber gas grills to be completely redesigned for 2018. This follows the revamping of the Genesis line of grills in 2017.

Spirit will be rebadged “Spirit II” just like Genesis was renamed Genesis II last year. There will be two models—E-210 selling for $399 and E-310 selling for $499. Liquid propane models are available in four colors: black, red, ivory, and sapphire; natural gas models come in black only.

These grills mimic the 2017 Genesis II design in terms of low-profile lid, open cart design, and iGrill 3 compatibility. There is conflicting information on whether these grills use the GS4 High Performance burner system used in Genesis II, but the photos below seem to show the GS4 badge on the right side of the control panel. Continue reading New 2018 Weber Spirit II & Genesis II Gas Grills

Deciphering Serial Numbers On Old Weber Gas Grills

Serial number on Weber Genesis 2 gas grill

Sometimes one of the challenges to restoring an old Weber gas grill is just being able to identify which model of grill you’ve got.

A couple of months ago, I posted some information on The Virtual Weber Bulletin Board about deciphering old Weber gas grill serial numbers. It comes from Dave Weaver, a TVWBB member with inside information on how the older grills were serialized.

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Grilling Is A Year-Around Lifestyle

Gas grill burner knobs

As Weber grill fanatics, you and I don’t need anyone telling us that grilling is a year-around activity (addiction?) for most of us. So when the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association published their 2017 State of The Barbecue Industry report with the headline, “Grilling and Barbecuing Is a Growing, Year-Round Lifestyle”, I was not the least bit surprised.

You can read the complete press release using the link above, but here are the most interesting statistics that stood out to me from their 2017 consumer survey.

Continue reading Grilling Is A Year-Around Lifestyle