Just simple grilling on the Weber

Discussion in 'Grilling Chicken' started by bluewhisper, May 4, 2014.

  1. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yesterday I grilled a chicken - not shooting for smoked, just grilled over charcoal. But it fell a bit short, not enough fuel.

    First things first, the bird and the knife I call MANUFACTURE STAINLESS (that's what its box says)


    I cut the back, and put it in a bowl of brine for about 90 minutes


    This is a 1980s Weber old enough that the (remaining) handles are rotting off - which I guess speaks well for the rest of the materials used in its manufacture. However, the grates are only about five years old. I plan to cut some honeysuckle stems to make new handles.


    Briquettes lit by split maple - but my mistake was not stoking enough


    Off we go, nothing fancy - that Hoffritz nonstick rack is a perfect match for that Weber


    My primitive method for monitoring the temp - but if the probe touches the meat, the reading drops sharply


    And that's the end of the pics. The fuel ran out, and I didn't want to stoke raw charcoal. The bird was just cooked enough for the juices to run clear and the flavor was good. Now I have some meat to shred up. I chose not to smoke because I thought simple roasted chicken would make better leftovers.

    Lesson learned: More fuel!
     
  2. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ahhh, Webers.  They keep going and going and going.

    Looks like a good grill session, not only for the taste but the lesson.  Thanks for sharing.
     
  3. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You would have liked the Weber at the cabin I used to watch - it was left as useless junk because the legs were missing, so I put it in a wheel rim (also left as junk) and it sat like a ball in a socket. Sweet for use on a slope because you just pivot it to level.

    This one is losing the weld on the front leg. That's one weak point of the design; if you drag it forward the front leg will bang and hop. I suppose there was a plastic glide foot on it back when Gerald Ford was President.

    I really don't know exactly when we got it but it replaced a full-size Weber my parents bought in the late 1960s. These things are expensive but they're a long-lasting investment.
     

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