Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy July 4TH!

I bought a new Weber charcoal grill at Lowe's yesterday for about $150. I know there are fancier gas and charcoal grills with larger grilling surfaces and more bells and whistles, but I stick to what I love and am loyal to that which grants me the same.

I've had my "old" Weber charcoal kettle grill for many years, and it sits next to a working gas grill. I end up using the Weber about 99% of the time. Aside from the fact that the legs fall off and the drum crashes to the ground spilling its molten contents if I hit a small bump when moving, it works great! (It's not like I haven't crashed to the ground and spilt my contents before). After today, it will go into semi-retirement.

Today the old grill will be working by the new guy's side, as they tirelessly churn out hotdogs, hamburgers and maybe even some chicken wings (if brother Rick is to be believed). We've been having family over for the 4th holiday the last few years now. Not everyone can make it every year, but it's always nice for those who can. Family, BBQ, salads, wine and/or beer. Maybe a big, fat cigar by the campfire (but enough about aunt Caitlyn). And enough about my dysfunctional family. Back to the grill review (is that what I'm doing?)

The only difference I can see at first blush between the old and new grills, is that my new Weber sports a fancy ash catcher instead of a tray, and has a temperature gauge on the lid. The ash catcher should make cleanup easier than the old aluminum tray thingy, and has the added benefit of potentially acting as a combustible engine for a new Weber rocket if I get carried away with the lighter fluid. (I'll keep you posted).

As for the temperature gauge, I doubt it will be more than a curiosity for me. I never grill anything that can't take direct heat, except for maybe my actual hands and permanently singed knuckle hairs.  In fact, the temperature gauge will be as useful as...
* a one armed trapeze artist with an itchy arse
* a trap door on a lifeboat
* A copy of the Constitution on our current President's desk.

And this concludes my very professional review of my new Weber kettle grill I haven't actually used yet.

Have a great Fourth, as we patriots celebrate the country as it was founded, and NOT what it has been transformed into.

In the meantime, please pass the mustard!
 By the way, nothing but Koegel Viennas for this Flintoid.


  1. Dude, I'm scrolling down. Got to the picture of the Dog Pile and was going to comment "those should be Koegels" and then you stole that from me.
    I may never comment here again if you continue to steal my comments
    Serve the curve.

  2. We, too, have a Weber charcoal grill, one of the older types without the ash catcher. That ash catcher looks like a nice feature.

    No grilling today here, though. It's pouring rain. Oh, well.

    Have a great Fourth, and celebrate as a patriot -- even in these waning days of our once-glorious republic.

  3. This about did me in laughing !! "As for the temperature gauge, I doubt it will be more than a curiosity for me. I never grill anything that can't take direct heat, except for maybe my actual hands and permanently singed knuckle hairs"
    I haven't barbecued in a while but I'm with you!!

    Happy day, Jerry! xxx

  4. Ed, I dis save you the "serve the curve" line. That was going to be the headline but I thought, "no, I'll save that one for Ed".

    AOW! There will be a feast! Provided I don't launch my new grill into orbit! Happy 4th fellow patriot!

    Thanks Z. Have a great holiday yourself. We are still here, and we are stronger than this!

  5. DaBlade,
    Calling me fellow patriot is a compliment of the highest order! Thank you.

  6. We're keeping it easy this year... hot & mild sausage drenched in seasoned grilled onion and green peppers, fresh corn, assorted veggies, a Quinua Mediterranean Greek salad... and my favorite, some natural casing hotdogs.

    Growing up in NY I developed a love for hot dogs... many different kinds, but NEVER with ketchup/catsup. In case you didn't know, that is a commie thing that many New Yorkers can't get over. So if you do put ketchup/catsup on your hot dog, don't ever bring it up around me 'cause it will bring on a discussion of communism verses capitalism that you'd probably like to avoid at a family outing. I'm just saying.

  7. I wouldn't use a temp gauge on a grill either. It's either "OUCH, that's frickin' hot", or "not ready yet". 'Nuff said. Anyway, you had me at hot dogs. I consider myself a real aficionado in that department. So, what time is the grilling ... ??? *lol* I'm also ashamed of what our country has become. Just call me when it's time for the armed insurrection. We're locked and loaded. *grin* Hope your day was blessed. ~:)