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PKSullivan

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New Kettle Owner from Chicago
« on: February 11, 2020, 04:43:20 AM »
Iíve been cooking and grilling all my life. Growing up my folks had a Weber gas grill, one of those ones with lava rocks in the bottom. Iíve had a Weber Spirit gas grill myself for the last ten years (as a renter in Chicago landlords wouldnít let me have a charcoal grill). I bought a condo last year and this fall upgraded to a pellet smoker (Grilla OG) and charcoal grill (Char-Griller Akorn Kamado). The Akornís a good grill but itís really a smoker and doing two-zone cooking on it wasnít going to happen. The firebox is too small and too far from the cooking grates. After thinking about how well that Spirit has held up, I decided a Weber kettle was my best bet for a charcoal grill. When I won some money on squares at a Super Bowl party, well, I had the cash in hand, yĎknow? Went to Home Depot this weekend and picked up a Master Touch. Got it built and burned in yesterday. First cook was thick cut pork chops seared with garlic butter over direct heat then glazed with an Irish whiskey bbq sauce on indirect. Turned out great. Iím looking forward to many more good meals with this grill.

Stumbled on a reference to the Weber Kettle Club while watching some YouTube videos on the differences between the various models. Figured that since I own one now, I should give it a whirl. The history of the various models is pretty interesting. Looking forward to learning more!

JEBIV

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Re: New Kettle Owner from Chicago
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2020, 05:12:33 AM »
Welcome from Doraville,Ga lots of info and fun here
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HoosierKettle

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New Kettle Owner from Chicago
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2020, 05:15:56 AM »
Welcome from Indianapolis. Those pork chops sound great. First thing I would do is pick up a standard Weber flip grate without the gourmet bbq system hole. Both have their purpose but a normal grate is much nicer when not using any accessories in the gourmet grate.


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bamakettles

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Re: New Kettle Owner from Chicago
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2020, 05:36:24 AM »
Welcome from Huntsville AL!  Lots of grate info here and friendly folks to learn from.  Have fun......

PKSullivan

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Re: New Kettle Owner from Chicago
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2020, 09:08:42 AM »
That's not a bad suggestion, HoosierKettle. I did pick up a second charcoal grate after doing a bit of browsing on Amazing Ribs. The GBS is nice but those center lines are gonna look weird on a sear, for sure. Then again, my pellet grill has a 22" grate so I should be able to swap in a standard fixed grate (not the hinged one) and the fancy Grill Grates I got when I was hoping a pellet grill would do everything I wanted in a single package.

HoosierKettle

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Re: New Kettle Owner from Chicago
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2020, 09:24:09 AM »

That's not a bad suggestion, HoosierKettle. I did pick up a second charcoal grate after doing a bit of browsing on Amazing Ribs. The GBS is nice but those center lines are gonna look weird on a sear, for sure. Then again, my pellet grill has a 22" grate so I should be able to swap in a standard fixed grate (not the hinged one) and the fancy Grill Grates I got when I was hoping a pellet grill would do everything I wanted in a single package.

Itís not a huge deal but itís annoying when the center section falls out when hanging the grate and I also donít like the interruption in the middle when sliding a spatula tongs or scraper across the grate.


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jhagestad

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Re: New Kettle Owner from Chicago
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2020, 11:28:10 AM »
Welcome from Highland Park, Illinois! Lots to share and learn from this commune.
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KevinP

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Re: New Kettle Owner from Chicago
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2020, 07:00:10 PM »
Welcome to the addiction.   Enjoy!!   You may want to look into a rotisserie


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PKSullivan

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Re: New Kettle Owner from Chicago
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2020, 07:01:48 PM »
Iíve been thinking of getting the Arteflame griddle insert for making baller breakfasts and smash burgers. It would make for quite the centerpiece during an early morning bike ride I do each year thatís followed by an all day barbecue.


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PotsieWeber

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Re: New Kettle Owner from Chicago
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2020, 07:26:56 PM »
Welcome from the NW side, right near O'hare.
regards,
Hal

PKSullivan

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Re: New Kettle Owner from Chicago
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2020, 07:46:41 PM »
Rock on! Iím in Albany Park.


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Kneab

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Re: New Kettle Owner from Chicago
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2020, 08:09:41 PM »
Welcome to the Wkc from the northwest suburbs. [emoji2321]

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Re: New Kettle Owner from Chicago
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2020, 08:59:42 PM »
Hello.


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DaveG74

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Re: New Kettle Owner from Chicago
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2020, 07:38:27 PM »
Welcome from just south of Chicago!
I swear, when I score a great deal on a 26" I'll stop buying grills... So often.

Kain

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Re: New Kettle Owner from Chicago
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2020, 10:17:46 PM »
Welcome form rural NSW Australia. Your gunna love this place


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