Tools and Toys
Slow ‘N Sear: An innovative product from the Adrenaline Barbecue Company that makes it EASY to run your Weber kettle at 225F for SIX hours on a single load of charcoal. Very, very cool.
Craycort Cast Iron Grill Grate: The cast iron grate from Craycort is the ultimate in “grill bling”. The modular grate has multiple inserts available that increase the versatility of your kettle. You don’t really need to get Craycort grates but you sure are glad when you do 🙂
GrillGrates: I love, love, love GrillGrates. GrillGrates offer two very important benefits. The first benefit is that they eliminate almost issues with flare-ups; grilling bacon wrapped food is EASY with these. The second benefit of GrillGrates is they make it EASY to put down killer grill marks. I use this product on my Weber Genesis on top of the regular grate.
Weber Kettle Rotisserie: You can go your whole life and never really need a rotisserie. That being said, I wanted to have as much fun grilling as possible so I loaded up. If you think all you can do with a rotisserie is spin a chicken then check out my Weber Rotisserie Guide for some new ideas.
Weber Kettle Grill : I recommend the standard 22.5 inch kettle with the built in ash removal system. This used to be called the “One Touch Gold” but is now being sold as the “Original Premium”. This grill costs about $150 and is a workhorse. Weber also sells a 22.5 inch grill called the “Master Touch” that has a bunch of useless gadgets.
Digital Thermometer: I use the older version of the Weber digital thermometer. The model I use is no longer available but the new design from Weber looks pretty cool.
Weber Jumbo Joe: It is portable, fun and a cooking machine. I wouldn’t make this my only grill but when you need a second then this is worth considering. Here is why I love my Weber Jumbo Joe.
Lodge Cast Iron Grill Pan: Very inexpensive ($20) and highly entertaining. This is great for when I am stuck indoors but still want to lay down some serious grill marks. I use the 10.5 inch square cast iron grill pan from Lodge.
FireQube: This is a GREAT product from the folks over at Grill Easy. The FireQube is a single use, self lighting box of premium hard wood charcoal. This is a perfect solution for tailgaters and campers who don’t want to lug around big bags of charcoal. Here is the review I wrote when I tried the FireQube.
KettlePizza: This is a slick attachment that converts a Weber kettle into a 700F wood burning pizza oven. There is a learning curve with this guy but once you figure out a few tricks it is pretty slick. What I love about the one I have is that it is adjustable and can fit on my 18.5 inch Jumbo Joe as well as my 22.5 inch Platinum.
Paul Kirk’s Championship Barbecue: This is a huge book that is packed with great information and ideas. It belongs on the bookshelf of every serious barbecue nut.
Peace, Love, & Barbecue: Not as much information as the Paul Kirk text but much more fun to read. Another classic.
Legends of Texas Barbecue Cookbook: I love this book because it talks about real barbecue. Ever hear of Texans baking barbecue brisket in an oven? Well, that’s what they have to do in the prison kitchens. The book is worth the purchase for the photographs alone.
Weber’s Big Book of Grilling: I keep this in my office at work. When I get trapped on a conference call from hell this is what I start flipping through to relieve the boredom.
Mandatory: Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing Just buy the book and enjoy.