I’m a member!
The Weber Kettle Club is dedicated to the preservation of the iconic Weber Kettle.
Rescue.Restore.RespectNot surprisingly its members hold the largest collection of vintage kettles. Their passion is amazing. I highly encourage you to check out their site and get involved in their community. It is full of amazing stories and pictures ranging from Craigslist finds to restorations to “first cooks.” It’s phenomenal.
Looking for tips on keeping your kettle in showroom shape? This is the place for you.
In order to support their noble pursuit, I purchased a t-shirt. I didn’t waste a whole lot of time waiting to try it on.
Do you want to add to your kettle collection? Here is a great “recipe” from IFTTT that scours your local Craigslist. My thanks to Jeff for pointing the recipe out and to Troy for carrying the Weber Kettle flame.
Several years ago, I wrote for several issues of Grilled Magazine. Unfortunately, the mag only lasted a year. Fast forward to 2014 and Grilled returns to newsstands. Not only was I happy to contribute new recipes, I was excited to see the work from several others I admire including John at Grilling 24x7, Robyn the Grill Grrrl, Josh at Meatwave, and the almighty Ted Reader.
The magazine is stuffed full of recipes and photographs. If your next cookout needs some inspiration, I suggest picking up a copy!
I’ve had some great beer lately and all of it has been from outside North America.
My friend, and consummate blues man, Eric Jerardi suggested Commerzienrat Riegle Privat from Germany. It’s a Dortmunder, which more or less is a lightly hopped lager. I found it clean, crisp, and effervescent, with the hops rising up slightly toward the finish. It was a wonderful warm weather easy drinking beer. It’s sessionable without having to be called “sessionable." This, I like.
The next two beers hail from New Zealand. 8 Wired’s 2011 Grand Cru and the Yeastie Boys' Gunnamatta Tea Leaf IPA.
The Grand Cru, which had a little pressure issue, was phenomenal. There was no denying the 11% ABV, but the sourness impacted by the year long fermentation in Pinot Noir barrels was awesome.
One of the great things about Twitter is pulling out my iPhone and communicating with the brewers halfway around the world.
@mgbridges @AnotherPintPls I think we still have another 50 dozen of those in the cellar, thankfully:) #grandcru— 8 Wired Brewing (@8wiredbrewing) July 20, 2014
The same goes for Gunnamatta. This is an IPA fermented with Earl Gray tea leaves. What sounds, well, odd, worked really well. The tea cut down some of the hoppiness, but in turn made for a really interesting IPA
@AnotherPintPls as a proud member of the awesome NZ beer scene, thanks for the salute... And nice photo!— Yeastie Boys (@yeastieboys) July 26, 2014
Not only does Pops-Q-Tool make a great BBQ Tool, they also make the most man-ish industrial coasters ever.
These bad boys, with logos, landed in my mailbox last week. I didn’t waste any time putting them to use. Orders can be placed through their website. Yes, they are as every bit as cool as they look.
100% Chance of Grilling
A big thanks to my friend, Meteorologist Tara Hastings, at WDTN. She told me whenever she gives the "grilling forecast" she wondered what I was making for dinner (or lunch, or breakfast for that matter). To give her an idea, I sent a picture on how I get things started. I'm glad she put it to good use!
On the GrillHuge thanks to @AnotherPintPls for the FANTASTIC grill photo It's now the backdrop for the grilling forecast. #Dayton pic.twitter.com/jnYAnHh1dT— Tara Hastings (@MetTaraHastings) July 25, 2014
Over on the Weber blog, be sure to check out my write-up on planked tomatoes. A short amount of time on the grill for these simple vegetables makes for a complex and delightful appetizer.
Speaking of tomatoes, find a reason to squeeze eggplant caprese on to your next dinner menu. With a basil vinaigrette these are the best.
This week I also enjoyed the incredible delight of a cast iron steak for dinner.
The thrill of a grilled Korean BBQ lunch.
And the joy of starting the day with a grilled breakfast.
Note: Pops-Q-Tool was kind of to provide the coaster that the beer I am currently drinking is sitting on. I was compensated for the posts linked to at Weber.com and I ate and drank everything else you see photographed. Promise.