Nice! I have the exact same grill, but in green.It's finally here, bought yesterday in NJ and my 14-year old son assembled it for me today, now just need to get it going sometime this week...
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Is this good charcoal? On sale and 100% hardwood:
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Woot woot! Very nice, Varis.
I use a mixture of lump and briquettes. What I usually do is akin to the famous Minion Method.. I spread a layer of unlit briquettes over the bottom of 1/2 of my Weber. (The bottom vent is wide open.) I then light a full chimney of coals, typically a mixture of hardwood lumps and briquettes. After that is well lit, I pour it over the unlit coals. The unlit coals provide both additional fuel AND the right amount of "negative space" for the fire to get going well.
I generally leave the lid off until that gets roaring hot. For REALLY hot stuff, you just leave the lid off. Otherwise, you can put the lid on, and adjust the vent to achieve the level of fire you want. "Wide open" = very hot, and "nearly closed" = smoke all day on low temp.
When I am done cooking my meal, I close both the top and bottom vents, and the fire will go out. The next time I grill, I throw all of that unburnt fuel into the chimney starter for the next round!
That's because Costco has quality control and their product is always top notch...I find that the Costco charcoal lasts longer than the standard stuff from Lowes/HD/etc. When I use my charcoal chimney, the standard stuff that is on the bottom of the chimney is mostly used up by the time the stuff on top gets going. With the Costco stuff, If I'm doing something quick, I can even use the leftovers as the bottom layer the next time, using the method sour_grapes described above.
Essentially I get 1 1/2 cooks from the Costco stuff (and have to feed it less on longer cooks) vs. the 1 meal I get from the standard stuff. Adding more charcoal to an already going fire is tricky to evenly spread which creates hot spots and also creates a dust storm.
I don't grill as much as I'd like, so I can usually get by grabbing a 2-pack whenever it goes on coupon.
Edit to add: Congrats! Hopefully one of those will be in my future.
That looks Good...!!Varis you need to do a Tri Tip like this one with the chimichurri sauce STAT!
Now that just made my mouth juice over right there!Varis you need to do a Tri Tip like this one with the chimichurri sauce STAT!